Advice on my build($1000-$1200)

Hows it going toms hardware community after long hours of research i decided im going to build my own gaming computer. My initial goal is to build a new computer that i can get the most bang for my buck with.

Approximate Purchase Date:Within the next month.

Budget Range:$1000-$1200 (Im leaning more towards 1000 but im trying not to skimp i want this computer to run great but stay in my budget.)

System Usage from Most to Least Important:My main purpose for this new machine is to Game. I would like to be able to run star wars the old republic and diablo 3 on max settings. Also be able to run new games for atleast the next 2 years. I will also be doing alot of web browsing.

Parts Not Required: I already have the following-Mouse, Keyboard, And monitor. (Going to be using my tv as my monitor.)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I will be doing the bulk of my shopping for this build through newegg.

Country:Parts being assembled in the united states.

Overclocking: Yes.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future i will but for now im going to stick with one GPU

Additional Comments: Here is the build i would like to have critiqued.


CPU:Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I72600

MoBo:ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

GPU:EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Memory/RAM:CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

HardDrvie:Western Digital Caviar Black WD1502FAEX 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Disk Drive:LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

Power supply:CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

Case:Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dock

Aftermarket heatsink fan(optional):COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler

Additional Comments: Are these parts going to be completely compatible? Will i be bottle-necking anything? Can i overclock my parts once i get a aftermarket hs?

All help is appreciated,
MF-DooM :sol:
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  1. Hi! Welcome to the forums.

    Well, looks like you've done pretty well! I'm impressed. The changes/notes on your build are below.

    -Swap the i7-2600 for the i5-2500k. Just as fast (faster if you count overclocking) and a hell of a lot cheaper. (sketchy name, legit business)
    -Your mobo is a little expensive for what you get. Try this board out for size! (Asrock P67 Extreme4 Gen3)
    -Hard drive prices are really inflated right now because of the floods. If I were you, I'd invest in a cheap, 500GB drive to hold me over until they come back down. Just my thoughts.
    -Case is personal preference. Whatever you think looks good.
    -Check out this PSU! $15 cheaper, yet same level of quality.
    -Swap cooler for Hyper 212 EVO. Better design, $5 more.

    Anddd, that's it! With the money saved, think about grabbing a pair of 6950's. Those will KILL any game out and probably last you quite a while.
  2. Deffinetly going to check out that MoBo as long as it can support what i need that will take a decent amount off of the end bill. Also the i5 is looking more in my price range then i can choose not to skimp so hard on the GPU. Also good suggestion on the hard drive deffinetly going to wait out the whole inflated market.

  3. Actually, the Asus board that you first listed OCs better, but you probably don't need the pro.

    And, if you have a Micro Center near you, you can get a really good deal on the i5 2500k and the p8z68-v gen3 ($40 bucks off the pair)

    Consider low profile memory if you are using an air cooler because the air coolers can crowd out your RAM slots.



    Get an H series water cooler like and you will have cooler temps, much less weight stress on your mobo and easier install (and no need to spend more for thermal grease):

    Otherwise I would say your build looks pretty solid.
  4. As suggested earlier, skip the i7 2600 and swap it out for the i5 2500k, especially if you're looking to overclock. Can't o/c the 2600, you'd have to jump to the 2600k. The main difference between the i7 and i5 is that the i7s have hyper-threading, and since you're mainly going to be gaming, it isn't necessary.
  5. agree with striker 410. i just built myself pretty much the same thing in fact. 2500k extreme 4gen 3 with 212 evo cooler except used a 6970 and it maxes all of the games you listed smooth and hassle free
  6. 2nd on the low profile memory, have practically the same build (including the 212 evo), and I can't use one of my dimm slots because of the height of the vengeance memory, so if I wanted to upgrade to 16 Gigs, I would have to buy new memory
  7. Swapped the mobo and the PSU with the suggestions given to me by stryker. I was checking out liquid cooling figuring that then i wouldnt have a problem with my memory standing to high, but that brings my build up a little to pricy for me. You guys also got to remember its a fresh platform so i also have to get an operating system which is right about at 100 for that. I should be ordering all my parts tonight ill keep this thread updated with pictures of my progress and what not.

    Thanks THC,
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