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$1500 Gaming PC

Hi Toms here's my idea for a new gaming PC. I intend to build this at the end of march, when I move into my new house, in the US. I will be gaming on a 1600 x 1200 screen until I get either a 1080p TV or Monitor. I intend on overclocking and eventually adding a watercooling loop. Also CFX will be needed when a game can best the 7950. Also, if anyone knows the projected release date for the MSI Twin Frozr III version of the 7950 If you could post, because I would much rather get that one.

Here's the Build (PC PartPicker)
Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($167.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($160.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($478.47 @ CompUSA)
Case: Corsair CC650DW ATX Mid Tower Case ($154.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($151.29 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222AB DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1394.54

So what do you guys think? And I have to give props to PCpartpicker as it makes choosing parts and building PCs much easier.
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  1. Looks pretty good - but I will say I *HATE* the Xigmatek Gaia - way too many loose parts, junk thermal paste - it fried a motherboard I was using. Get the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    And then get this for your motherboard - much better quality than MSI: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128512

    And then a 128GB SSD is fine but you should look into getting a secondary storage option at some point.

    Otherwise everything looks good.
  2. Okay, Gaia being changed to hyper 212 evo.

    And, I don't like that motherboard, the colors, they make my eyes hurt. Much better quality than MSI? In what ways. I think MSI makes good quality stuff.

    Yes I will get a 1TB HDD, they are just to expensive right now.
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    Cheaper motherboard with colors you might prefer. It's all the rage right now for cost effectiveness. Also it claims to have what your GPU requires: 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots although I can't verify that. It's only mentioned in the details.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Motherboards%20-%20Intel-_-ASRock-_-13157271&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=

    Take the saved money and go from 7950 to a 7970?!

    Also change your power supply as corsair has a 15% discount code currently on newegg. Maybe up your wattage with the discount to leave room for overclocking.
  4. mrwhit30ut said:
    Okay, Gaia being changed to hyper 212 evo.

    And, I don't like that motherboard, the colors, they make my eyes hurt. Much better quality than MSI? In what ways. I think MSI makes good quality stuff.

    Yes I will get a 1TB HDD, they are just to expensive right now.


    I realized that was a poor choice for motherboard. MSI doesn't have the best reputation around here - people either really love them or really hate them, there's no in between. I personally have not had a lot of good luck with their products - the most recent motherboard I tried was the 870A-G45 and it died on me after only three days of owning it.

    Try this one instead - it's Gigabyte quality but the color scheme is a lot better: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128498
  5. Sorry, but I have a vendetta against Asrock.
  6. If you can spend $40 more, get the ASUS P8Z68 V Pro/Gen3.
  7. A vendetta against ASRock?
  8. Reasons for not upgrading to a 7970, The small performance gains are not worth $100 to me. I would need to upgrade to a higher PSU in order to do a CFX setup later which will take me over buget. Also I think I just get the MSI GD 65 at my local tiger direct, and if it doesn't work I will just return it and get a new one. Ah nevermind, sorry I keep editing this post, I think I'm just going to go for the Asus Z68V Pro.
  9. Asus has some really good looking mobos.
  10. So, I figured by the time I need to upgrade my gpu setup to a CFX setup, I will just buy a new PSU. So could I run my system with an HD 7970 with the current 650w PSU?
  11. mrwhit30ut said:
    So, I figured by the time I need to upgrade my gpu setup to a CFX setup, I will just buy a new PSU. So could I run my system with an HD 7970 with the current 650w PSU?


    Yeah that should be fine - I think the minimum requirements for a 7970 are a 550W PSU so 650 should be plenty.
  12. PSU will probably have better resale value later on when you go to make the swap as well. Their prices don't fluctuate much, like video cards can in a 1-2 year time frame.
  13. Okay, so I got that. Good. Thanks toms. Hopefully nothing new comes out so I dont have to redo this post, but until then I will keep updating my parts and when I get about a week from build time I will do a final check.
  14. Best answer selected by MrWhit30ut.
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