Gaming Desktop Build ~ $1500

This will be the first PC that I will be building myself.

Would prefer a nice a really nice case, without all that led lighting.. I sleep next to my current computer and hate lights.
Preferably a real quiet fan that doesn't gather much dust into the case.
Prefer a i2600k processor.
Would also love to play every game on max/ultra. (Need some help to go sli or just stay on a single card.)
One amazing 120GB SSD, from a trust worthy company. (Read a couple of reviews on newegg, lots of issues on them.)
Another 1-2TB Hard drive.
An above average sound card if needed for some nice music.
Normal CD & DVD.
Really just want everything to come out perfectly compatible.

Purchase date : Some time from now to April.
Budget: 1600
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing, Gaming, Movies.
Parts Not Required: Mouse, Speakers, monitor.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or any other Trust worthy site which ships to the U.S.
Country : U.S.
Parts Preferences: 120 SSD, i2600k processor.
Overclocking: Doubt it.
Sli or crossfire : If possible, no.
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
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  1. do you need keyboard, mouse, OS monitor along with the case . also please fill out this form:
  2. where do u stay and any prefered sites
  3. are u gonna oc
  4. are u gonna sli or xfire
  5. here is ur build

    Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor

    Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard

    HyperX blu 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit (Two 4GB Memory Modules)

    GV-R795WF3-3GD AMD Radeon HD 7950 3072MB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card

    Petrol PTL1-25SAT3-128 128GB SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive with Indilinx Everest Controller

    Caviar Green 2TB IntelliPower SATA 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive WD20EARX - OEM

    ZX Series 1000 Watt ATX Modular Power Supply

    AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD Burner - OEM

    HAF912 Mid Tower ATX Computer Case

    TOTAL = $ 1358 with rebates :bounce:
  6. Updated first post (:
  7. for gaming 2500k>2600k.2600k has only one advantage that hyper threading(use less for gamaing).here's my $1600 rig-
    total-$1580 approx.
    great case with good looks and other stuff for am amazing price :D.
    HDD prices are need to spend $100+ on a HDD.the one i selected is very good.
    usually rosewill units are crappy but capstone gold series is exception.650w is more than enough to run 7970 and headroom for overclocking.
    mobo fulfills your SLi but overclocking.
    fan is quiet enough.switch off LED if you want.add on top for better ventilation.
    a great cooler.can easily go 4ghz+
    quality SSD with high capacity from corsair,a very popular and reliable brand.
    xfx dd 7970 is out of stock on almost every site except's a gigabyte 3x windforce custom cooler.i heard a lot of good things about it.will overclock like a dream.
    note-all parts are high quality and compatible.this rig is more than enough to max out any game at 1080p including BF3!
    good luck ;)
  8. What motherboard would I change this to if I ever wish to overclock and/or use SLI.
  9. cheapest is extrem3/gen3 for $'s amazing too!
  10. CPU - Intel Core i5-2500K($229.99) [...] 6819115072

    Cooler - Thermaltake Frio Cooler($54.99) [...] 6835106150

    SSD - Crucial M4 128GB SSD($168.99) [...] 6820148442

    HDD - Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB HDD($159.99) [...] 6822152185

    ODD - ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner($23.99) [...] 6827135204

    Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P($189.99) [...] 6813128506

    RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600($47.99) [...] 6820231477

    Video Card - GIGABYTE GV-N570OC-13I Rev2.0 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB($329.99) [...] 6814125384

    PSU - CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W($149.99) [...] 6817139010

    Chassis - Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T($169.9)

  11. Are these parts compatible?

    NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case

    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

    Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    ASUS HD7970-3GD5-3DI2S Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

    CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified ...

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

    ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

    OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor
  12. nice try and they are compatible but-
    reference 7970 will produce a lot of noise and heat under load and it's really annoying.
    psu is quality but overkill for you.650w is more than enough.
    i hate OCZ for SSDs dad bought two of them both of failed withing a month.get some thing better like crucial,samsung,mushkin or OCZ.
  13. Are the following changes fine?

    Replace the 7970 with the one from tigerdirect by gigabyte.

    Replace the psu with CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 (CMPSU-650HX) 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular

    and replace the SSD for Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
  14. Best answer
    ^yep.if you want to save some than TX650 v2 is good alternative.
  15. hellfire24 said:
    ^yep.if you want to save some than TX650 v2 is good alternative.

    Yup I noticed, but a couple of the reviews state they were DOA or just stopped working after a certain amount of time.
  16. newegg reviews are crap.go to some good review me it's a good unit.
  17. ya I agree with the other you dont need a 2600k. Actually you said you wont OC.... so.... you dont need a K. I highly suggest it. For 25 more I get 20-25% more top end power out of my 2500k.

    With a decent MOBO OCing is too easy these days. If you get an ASUS you even have the a graphic BIOS to do it in, there are youtube vids that walk you through which settings to change and to what, and it is only like 5 settings.

    Get a sturdy board, but dont splurge it does not add a ton of performance. Splurging is for 3x SLI/CF, using SSD as caches, etc.

    get a 120gb is an awsome idea, 120 gb is enough space to load Windows, Office, Adobe Profession, 2-3 games you are currently playing, drivers, and a few other things. It is a noticeble difference in speed. And right now the price on 120gb is reasonable, it is when you get bigger than that the price shoots up.
  18. I would like to disagree about OCZ ssd's. I have one, and it is just awesome.
  19. ^you are lucky bro but most of the times they fail :(
  20. Just wanted to confirm if the HX650 would be enough if I ever wish to overclock the 2500k cpu and if will support the following parts without any problems.

    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
    GIGABYTE GV-R797OC-3GD Radeon HD 7970 3GB
  21. Yes, the HX650 is more than enough as long as you don't plan on crossfire the 7970
  22. for single card HX650w is great.but for crossfire go with tx750w V2,a rock solid psu to power 7970CF.
  23. hellfire24 said:
    for single card HX650w is great.but for crossfire go with tx750w V2,a rock solid psu to power 7970CF.

    He did said in the 1st post that he did not want to go crossfire/SLI
  24. ok then HX650w!
  25. Best answer selected by xoGecko.
  26. Will be ordering the a GTX 680 in the future, will this motherboard run fine with it?

    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    Just ordering everything but the Video card, atm.
  27. ^it is a great mobo!
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