Need help with my gaming build

Approximate Purchase Date: This weekend for sure.

Budget Range: Trying to stay under $1200 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming...everything else.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon or Newegg. I get a 10% discount at Amazon since I work there though.

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Whatever is the best bang for the buck.

Overclocking: Most likely in the future.

SLI or Crossfire: Possibly

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I just want to make sure these parts are going to work well for my needs.

So far what I'm thinking is:










What do you guys think of this build? Will the ram work or do I need low profile? Also what's a good monitor for gaming?

Thanks for taking the time to look. Looking forward to getting this built.
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  1. All of those are good choices, but where is the CPU? Most likely you will want to get an i5 2500k ($225), and for overclocking, a Hyper 212+/EVO or Xigmatek Gaia heatsink ($30-ish). Have you taken a look at the NZXT Tempest 210?
  2. I don't see a CPU in there, but the only possibility is the 2500K. Can you get to a physical Microcenter? They have it for $180. Also a 212 EVO.

    IMO you might as well go with a Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3. It's now the same price as the Extreme3, and Gigabyte's supposedly more reliable. I've never actually seen data to support this, so it may be unfounded, but it won't hurt to switch.

    Adding it all up, assuming you can get to a Microcenter (add $50 otherwise):
    -$180 2500K
    -$50 HAF (note: choose the case almost purely by stylistic preference)
    -$85 HDD
    -$20 DVD
    -$75 PSU
    -$50 RAM
    -$130 Z68A-D3H-B3
    -$35 Hyper 212 EVO
    That's just $625 without the graphics card! Make the card a 7950 (Sapphire, $480: and throw in an SSD. ADATA S510 120gb, $155:

    ...oops. $1260. If you want to stay under budget (lol), you'll have to drop back to a 570. There's actually no good GPU for $400, only the low $300s.
    A 570 would put you at $1110 with the choice below, or $1170 if Microcenter's out of the question.
    A better choice for future SLI (external exhaust):
  3. Yeah sorry about that, I'm going with the i5 2500k and 212 EVO. That's a pretty nice case is it better then the HAF 912? The budget isn't set in stone either since I just realized without the monitor I'm at over $1,100 already. I just want something the will run well for the next few years.

    I can't get to a Microcenter which I wish I could. So the Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3 would probably be the better choice then? Reliability is something I want for sure.
  4. 212 EVO. It's worth the slightly higher price, I think.
    Case performance isn't really important. Most models over $60 will be fine. Choose by looks.

  5. Yeah the EVO is the one I was looking at my bad. I'll probably just go with the HAF 912 I'm really liking the look. Also is the PSU I'm looking at a good one or should I go with a better brand? Also would it be worth it to upgrade to the 7950? Probably a stupid question.
  6. The PSU's good. The next step up there would be a more efficient XFX XXX of the same wattage.

    Eh. The 570 certainly gets more frames per dollar, but at the high end that isn't really what's under consideration. You have to decide if it's worth it. On the other hand, a better card now (and another later in SLI/Xfire) means a longer time before you have to do another upgrade.
  7. Yeah you're right kajabla I'll just go with the 570 i'm liking the price it has right now $290 after mail in rebate.
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