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Opinion & Advice on $1,500 system. 1st time gaming build

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March 4, 2012 11:47:52 PM

Hello All,

This is my first time building a gaming PC and I needed some advice on the following gaming rig. Opinions and advice is welcome!


Approximate Purchase Date: This week (March 5 - 10th of 2012)

Budget Range: 1,500 USD to 2,000 USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: GAMING (hardcore max resolution 1920x1080 on 2 monitors) , movies and the occasional TV series


Country: Thailand - but am a Canadian living here so prices are different

Parts Preferences: Cooler Master & ASUS

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 2 SAMSUNG LED 350 series at a resolution of 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Also, is it worth the wait for Nvida Kepler? I mean its just around the corner and i am too anxious to wait for it! Also, is it also worth the wait for Intel Ivy? I have heard that PCI 3.0 is overrated and you would not be needing it for a long time.


Ma inboard: ASUS P8Z68-V Pro/Gen 3

RAM: G-SKILL = DDR3 RAM 8GB (4GBX2) PC3-12800 (1600Mhz) F3-12800CL8D-8GBRM ฿2,470.00 ฿2,500.00

Optical Drive: LG =Internal DVD-RW GH24NS 24X Buffer 2MB SATA.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500 or i7-2600

GPU: ASUS 7950 3 gig

PSU: Cooler Master = SILENT PRO M2 720W

HDD: SSD Intel 80GB SATA 2.5 (Already have a 500 gig HD from my previous desktop)

PC Case: Cooler Master = Enforcer

Monitor: LED Monitor 23inch S23A350B 1920x1080 Widescreen (2 monitors)

Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks!
a b 4 Gaming
March 5, 2012 10:11:45 AM

Noone knows whether Kepler or Ivy Bridge are going to be worth the wait until they actually get here. I do know however, IB has been pushed back until June.

Your build looks good but you only really need 500W+ for the PSU and I would definitely go for the i5 over the i7. You will see almost no benefit in upgrading to the i7 for gaming.
March 5, 2012 3:42:07 PM

If you are planning on overclocking in the future you will want the i5-2500k over the i5-2500. It is $20 more but it is more than worth it.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 5, 2012 3:45:24 PM

Great build!
March 5, 2012 4:09:02 PM

jmsellars1 said:
Noone knows whether Kepler or Ivy Bridge are going to be worth the wait until they actually get here. I do know however, IB has been pushed back until June.


are you sure about IB being pushed back untill June ? could you share the source or whatsoever please? thanks
March 5, 2012 4:17:26 PM

whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i love the build btw , go for it!
March 5, 2012 8:44:29 PM

If you have to have it, get it now, otherwise wait for IB.
a b 4 Gaming
March 6, 2012 4:32:13 AM

No, don't wait for IB. It is not worth wasting your time waiting for 4 months. Buy what you need now and update BIOS when IB comes out and then buy the CPU.
a b 4 Gaming
March 6, 2012 4:38:52 PM

azeem40 said:
No, don't wait for IB. It is not worth wasting your time waiting for 4 months. Buy what you need now and update BIOS when IB comes out and then buy the CPU.


If you plan on doing this I wouldn't buy anything too expensive now, G620 or i3-2100 perhaps.
a b 4 Gaming
March 6, 2012 4:45:30 PM

I agree with above. If you really want IB, get the parts now and upgrade later.
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