$1,700 Gaming Rig

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $1,500-$2,000 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (FPS), video streaming, internet, Office

Parts Not Required: Mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: US

Parts Preferences:by brand or type: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes... but can be talked out of it fairly easily

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: As usual... looking for bang for the buck. I started with a $1,200 target and killed that quickly. $1,500 would be ideal. $2,000 possible, but not enjoyable. Will probably end up at about $1,700 with your help!

Corsair Carbide Series 500R Black Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...

XFX Core Edition PRO850W (P1-850S-NLB9) 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active ...

2X SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM

2X CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

Scythe SCMG-3000 120mm Heat Pipe CPU Cooler

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

ASUS VS248H-P Black 24" HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor

Logitech K120 Black USB Wired Standard Keyboard

$1,857 shipped, $1,816 after mail ins.

Thanks in advance for the help. Look forward to hearing your advice!!!
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  1. Changed the case to the one I have for my current desktop...

    COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Now: $1,768
  2. The Carbide is a better choice. It is future ready with USB 3.0 headers, has excelent cable management and same airflow.
  3. It also has a 2.5" drive bay for your SSD, so no need for a bracket. :)
  4. K... It just kinda 'looked' worse in the pics... It's back in!

    What about the mobo? Any other choices? I picked it because I have no problem with ASUS and it was around $200.

  5. If you are not interested in OC'ing the cpu, go with the i5 2400. Same minus Hyper-Threading (overrated).

    and with that switch. switch to a gtx 570 or a 6970. It'll get you similar performance to that crossfire, at a similar price, yet much fewer driver/compatability/micro-stuttering issues.
  6. Also, you can later upgrade to Ivy bridge, so shelling out that much on a cpu right now, seems kind of redundant.

    Crossfiring 6900 series is much more efficient and effective than the 6800 series, due to the diferent core.
  7. So... I'd be a bit under $200 on the processor. I don't NOT want to OC, but it is more of a value driven thing. If I can get more performance out of the K I will do that. What do you think?

    I think I agree on the 6900 switch... I just always wanted to have a crossfired rig... :wahoo: Why does it hinge on the processor switch?

    The micro-stutter does scare me a lot. Have not witnessed it, but I can imagine how pissed I'd be if I saw it after I bought the cards.
  8. i5-2500k Oc's to 4+ at stock voltage + after market cpu cooler

    Single gpu...less power...fewer headaches...smaller psu...less money...equal performance

    Mobo: No reason to spend more than $150-$175 for a Z68

    Psu: 650w is plenty so long as it is a top tier brand
  9. Yeah, if you are getting two 6950s, might as well get one 7950.
  10. @azeem40 I can't go with 2 6950s... thinking one 6970 (HIS IceQ Turbo H697QT2G2M Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support $320 after mail in). Decent?

    @QuietPC mobo reccomendations?
  11. I have seen a lot of builds in the forum with only 8MB of RAM (even $2,000+ builds). Is the extra 8MB a waste? I have also considered changing the mobo to a Gigabyte that I saw in another build. Never had one... Are they similar to the ASUS as far as bios and overclock interface?

    EDIT: the only reason I selected the mobo I did was bluetooth. I'm thinking that $80 isn't worth it anymore.

    Thanks again.
  12. Pressing the button soon. I changed the SSD to the 64GB version. Changed the RAM to 8GB. Funny how I showed my age on the last post with 8MB.

    Other than that... having second thoughts about the monitor for a better one. Still open to thoughts on saving on the mobo.

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