$1000ish Gaming Build

Approximate Purchase Date: Today or Tomorrow (2/6 and 2/7)

Budget Range: 1000ish? After rebates. This is somewhat flexible.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (See comments)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, headset, monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com (Preferred Account)

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: White Corsair 600T case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139005 Also, video card must have HDMI out.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No, but would like to be able to in the future.

Monitor Resolution: Alienware AW2210 - 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I currently game on a M11X C2D with a Samsung 830 SSD. Not sure if this desktop build needs a SSD or not, but it sure helped on my M11X. WoW is the main game that I play, but on occasion I play SC2. I would like to try SWTOR and Diablo 3 when it comes out. This PC has to have Wireless N, I am not running wires through my house :D I do game now with the N card in the M11X and I have zero issues.

This is the build I have picked, but 1500 seems a bit much for my goals and would like some help trimming it down. The SSD may be kinda unnecessary at this point. I do think that the Z68 is a good so in the future I could upgrade to a next gen processor. Unless at that point you might as well build new then I dont care if I am on a cheaper chipset. And then the 2GB card - is 2Gb really necessary? Same thing with Retail Win 7 - the copy of Win 7 will always be for this machine, but if the MoBo goes out 2yrs from now and I get a comparable replacement - if I all I have to is call the number and get the activation number then I will go with the OEM version.

Sorry for the long post - I just want to make sure I am picking decent components for my goals!

Thanks :D

What I already picked out (but am extremely unsure of - except the case):

Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI

OCZ ZT Series 750W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core...

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128D/AM 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Desktop Upgrade Kit

CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2B1600C9

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

Rosewill RNX-N300 IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wireless-N 2.0 PCI (1T2R) Up to 300Mbps download and 150 Mbps upload Data Rates
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  1. Hi there! Welcome to the forums.

    Well, you've done well! Very well. You've done your research and it shows. There are however a few tweaks I would make.
    -Drop the 2GB version. You are correct, you do NOT need it. For 1080p and below, 1GB is perfectly fine. The extra Vram will not be used.
    -Save $90 and get the OEM version of windows: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
    -That mobo is a bit pricey considering what you get. Try one of these instead (they are all PCI-E 3.0)
    Asus Gene-Z http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131806
    Asrock Gen3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265
    -Lastly, I might play around with the budget and try and squeeze a GTX 570 or 6970 in there. The GTX 560 Ti is good if you want to overclock, though. If you don't overclock go with a 6950.

    That's it! There isn't much to change, you've done well.
  2. Awesome!

    I appreciate the input - to make more room in the budget should I replace the SSD with a 32MB/7200rpm 1TB drive for now?
  3. teklein said:

    I appreciate the input - to make more room in the budget should I replace the SSD with a 32MB/7200rpm 1TB drive for now?

    All what you wanna do man! I don't think the price difference would be big, considering the inflated hard drive market. You could always get the SSD now and add the HDD for large file storage later. 500GB drives are going for around $85, keep that in mind.
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