PC Build $1500 Max

Hello everyone, I am looking to build a PC soon and I would like to hear from you guys what you think of these parts so far. I am open to suggestions, for the Case, GPU or anything you might like to tell me. The cost of this build I would like it to be below $1500 before rebate, after taxes, shipping etc. Let me know what you think. Thanks


Case: $134.99 Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower ATX Gaming Computer Case
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0369623


CPU: $179.99 Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589


MoBo: $149.99 P67 Extreme4 Gen3 LGA 1155 P67 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0373371


RAM: $99.99 16GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL 9 DIMM Desktop Memory Kit (Four 4GB Memory Modules)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0382999


Video Card: $479.99 GV-R795WF3-3GD AMD Radeon HD 7950 3072MB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0384118


PSU: $139.99 Enthusiast Series TX750M 750 Watt High Performance Modular ATX
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0365787


CPU Cooler: $29.99 Hyper 212 Plus Universal CPU Cooler
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0315397


DVD drive: $25.99 24x DVD±RW Burner with Lightscribe Technology - OEM
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0382273


SSD: $129.99 Petrol PTL1-25SAT3-128 128GB SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive with Indilinx Everest Controller
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0381969


Total: $1371
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  1. If the build id for gaming you don't need more than 8GB RAM.You don't need HDD ?
    The build is great.
  2. z68 is more recent and better than P67 http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0364085 or http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0384988
    Do you really need 16gb of RAM??
    Seeing as you have more room on your budget maybe NH-D14 if you want more overclocking very quietly or Phanteks CPU cooler
  3. Is that $1500 also including your monitor, keyboard/mouse, and OS?
  4. there is no reason that you should not get a 7970. you have room in your budget and a lot of expense in your build that you shouldnt have. SSD, case, ram, psu...etc
  5. Sorry for the little info, was in a hurry. I already have an HDD that I will use, but I would like to get an SSD for the OS, some aplications, maybe games. Yes I would like this to be a Gaming PC and also used for programming. Monitor, mouse, OS and keyboard I do not need. I will take your advice and cut down on the RAM. Any more advice would be greatly appreciated. Also what Case, PSU would you guys recommend for this budget? I will also look for a 7970 now.
  6. Looks good, see if you can get a seasonic PSU for cheaper though.
  7. A good case would be either NZXT Switch 810 or Corsair Obsidian 650D.

    For PSU, try Corsair HX750 or Corsair AX750. If you get the 7970, you might want to go with the 850watt version.
  8. Ok here is what I have now. A little adjustment, let me know what you guys think. Total is about $1436.

    Case: $134.99 Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower ATX Gaming Computer Case
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0369623

    CPU: $179.99 Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589


    MoBo: $124.99 Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0384988


    RAM: $49.99 XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Desktop Memory Kit (Two 4GB Memory Modules)
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0347306

    Video Card: $579.99 XFX Double D FX-797A-TDFC Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150596


    PSU: $179.99 HX750 750W Professional Power Supply
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0314083


    CPU Cooler: $29.99 Hyper 212 Plus Universal CPU Cooler
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0315397


    DVD drive: $25.99 24x DVD±RW Burner with Lightscribe Technology - OEM
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0382273


    SSD: $129.99 Petrol PTL1-25SAT3-128 128GB SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive with Indilinx Everest Controller
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0381969
  9. It looks great.
  10. Ok here is what I have now. A little adjustment, let me know what you guys think. Total is about $1436.

    Case: $134.99 Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower ATX Gaming Computer Case
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0369623

    CPU: $179.99 Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589


    MoBo: $124.99 Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0384988


    RAM: $49.99 XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Desktop Memory Kit (Two 4GB Memory Modules)
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0347306

    Video Card: $579.99 XFX Double D FX-797A-TDFC Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150596


    PSU: $179.99 HX750 750W Professional Power Supply
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0314083


    CPU Cooler: $29.99 Hyper 212 Plus Universal CPU Cooler
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0315397


    DVD drive: $25.99 24x DVD±RW Burner with Lightscribe Technology - OEM
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0382273


    SSD: $129.99 Petrol PTL1-25SAT3-128 128GB SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive with Indilinx Everest Controller
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0381969


    good choice.i would suggest just two changes.first is psu,it's high quality but expensive.you can get a quality,higher capacity psu for less price-
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0337657
    it's kinda overkill but comes for a very attractive price.
    use the saved money for hyper 212 EVO-
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0373900
    other things are great. :sol:
  11. Stick with Corsair PSU. It is way more reliable and trusted. Seasonic produces Corsair PSU internal as well as XFX PSU internal.
  12. ^i agree but i never heard any complaints about pc power and cooling psus.corsair psus are highly overpriced imo.XFX is my first choice but they are not available at mirocenter.
  13. Latest update. Also what do you guys think about the motherboard?


    Case: $134.99 Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower ATX Gaming Computer Case
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0369623

    CPU: $179.99 Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589


    MoBo: $124.99 Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0384988


    RAM: $49.99 XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Desktop Memory Kit (Two 4GB Memory Modules)
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0347306

    Video Card: $579.99 XFX Double D FX-797A-TDFC Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150596


    PSU: $149.99 CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010

    CPU Cooler: $36.99 Hyper 212 EVO Universal CPU Cooler
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0373900


    DVD drive: $25.99 24x DVD±RW Burner with Lightscribe Technology - OEM
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0382273


    SSD: $144.99 Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226236
  14. mobo is awesome.
  15. I hate how awesome the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 is. ASUS really needs to do better at that price point.
  16. Bought and ordered everything as of today. The case I got for more than I planned for, but now it's too late, the next day newegg dropped the shipping price and put in the rebate. Ahh that's what I get for haste. Anyway, I got the PSU, CPU Cooler, Processor, DVD drive and an extra case fan, today from Microcenter. Now I am waiting for the rest of the parts from newegg.com. Hopefully I will not get any bad parts especially the $600 video card. This is what I settled for, around $1535.

    Case: $180.00 Corsair - Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower Gaming Case
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Corsair+-+Graphite+Series+Mid-Tower+Gaming+Case/1473269.p?id=1218261837243&skuId=1473269&st=Corsair%20600T&cp=1&lp=2


    CPU: $179.99 Intel: Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589


    MoBo: $119.99 ASRock: Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271


    RAM: $99.99 Corsair: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9B
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233198


    Video Card: $599.99 GIGABYTE: GV-R797OC-3GD Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125413


    PSU: $149.99 PC Power & Cooling: 950 Watt Silencer MK II ATX Power Supply
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0337657

    CPU Cooler: $36.99 Cooler Master: Hyper 212 EVO Universal CPU Cooler
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0373900


    DVD drive: $25.99 LG: 24x DVD±RW Burner with Lightscribe Technology - OEM
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0382273


    SSD: $129.99 Mushkin: Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226236


    Extra Fan: $11.99 COOLER MASTER: R4-BMBS-20PK-R0 Blade Master 120mm Case Fan
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103069&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=683uefp2u7bh


    Total: $1535
  17. good decisions but dont expect to get a really high overclock with good temps. id say4.5-4.6 is a good say overclock for you.
  18. if you're going to overclock an i5 2500k, i would go with a z68 motherboard. you can get one with enough features for less than $130. I would check out Gigabyte or Asus' z68 offerings (at around $100-120 with discounts). Video card there is a great investment. I think you might be going fairly expensive on the case, you could just save money there and invest it in cooling. I just built a really nice set of sub-$1600 and sub-$1000 builds, check em out at www.rightrig.tumblr.com
  19. I know I went on the expensive side with the case, I rushed with this decision a little bit. But it just got here last night and I am picking it up today and the rest of the parts should be here tomorrow or the next day. What would you suggest for better cooling? Also the motherboard that I got should be able to handle overclocking of the processor since I heard good things about it and it is a Z68 motherboard.
  20. its not that that cooler isnt good its that you can get about 5-10 degrees better cooling from 70ish dollar coolers.
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