Gaming Desktop Advice

Hello, Community

I've decided to buy and self build a gaming desktop throughout my spare time.
I hope you can help me buy wisely, in the form of components and online retailers.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next 2 weeks.

BUDGET RANGE: No real specific budget, <£2000 or so...

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Music, and general internet usage.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Speakers, Keyboard/Mouse, Monitor.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:,,,,, (I'm open to any suggestions)


PARTS PREFERENCES: A high end Nvidia GPU, Intel i7 Processor


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: SLI in the future (I’d upgrade my PSU when I get another GFX card)


I'm aiming for a gaming desktop that has a good lifespan to maintain good performance on games up until this time next year, with only small upgrades between now and then (e.g. adding ram, another optical drive, HDD or SSD drive) I play most games but usually play FPS's, RPG's and open world games such as Skyrim, Battlefield 3, Diablo.. etc.

Currently I've created this basket:

Intel Core i7-3930K 6-Core Processor

Asus Rampage IV Extreme/BF3 Motherboard
Corsair H80 Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler
Corsair Professional Series Gold 850W Power Supply

Asus GeForce GTX 590 NVIDIA Graphics Card - 3GB


EVGA Geforce GTX 580 Classified "ULTRA"

Windows 7 Home Premium Operating System,

Corsair Memory Vengeance Jet Black 16GB DDR3

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB Hard Drive

Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium PCI Sound Card
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  1. this is what i would reccomend since amds 7970 is the best card but if you dont want the 7970 anyways then just get a 580 instead or wair for the 680. i5 2500k is the best for gaming so i reccomended that but if you want an i7 for bragging rights then get the i7 2600k. also i see no reason to get 16gb of memory so get 8.

    case: cooler master haf x
    mobo: asus rampage IV extreme
    cpu: intel i5 2500k
    cpu cooler: noctua nh-d14
    video card: 2x amd radeon hd 7970
    ram: g.skill ripjaws x series 8gb
    hhd: western digital caviar black 2tb
    ssd: crucial m4 64gb
    psu: corsair ax850
    optical drive: lg black 12x bd-rom
    (sony 24x multi if you dont care bout blu-ray)
  2. Since you aren't restricted money wise, get a good Intel SSD (120-240GB) for your boot drive and use the HDD as backup.

    I'd go for the 590 over the 580.

    Get Windows 7 Pro instead of home.

    Need a case and don't forget fans and possibly a fan controller, and an optical drive isn't listed.

    You don't need a sound card unless you SPECIFICALLY need it for some special piece of hardware. The onboard will do fine for speakers.

    Your PSU is fine for SLi in the future BTW.

    My $.02 worth :)
  3. Thanks for the constructive comments, I'm starting to think maybe certain components on my list is a bit over the top?

    Scottiemedic, is there a real difference with the Windows 7 Pro? I also realised I never lised the optical drive, completely missed it, thanks.
    Also which fans would you recommend with the listed products?
  4. I personally like and use Yate Loons, quiet and move a lot of air.

    There are a few differences with Pro, like Remote Desktop (which I am constantly using) and Compatibility Mode. You can check MS site on their side by side comparison and see if there is anything that you'd miss by not having Pro I suppose:
  5. xtremegamer2da-max, I like the setup. I'm considering changing some of what I thought could be a wise gaming rig.
  6. what you first posted was actually pretty good
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