~$1,500 Gaming build

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month

Budget Range: ~$1,500.00

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, and Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Intel/Nvidia

Overclocking: Yes

SLI: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Current monitor can only handle 1600x1200(21" full screen). I plan on getting one large 27" or three 24" in the future.

Additional Comments: I need a water cooling solution for this build. I have built plenty of air cooled systems in the past, but it’s time to expand on the hobby. Of course, I'm going to attempt a double loop system just because I want the challenge, and also if I plan to OC. I don't want any of the closed pre-assembled water coolers. I'm strongly aiming for the White/Black/Blue theme. I'm going to guess when I remove the air cooler on the GTX 570 I won’t be forced to see that red anymore. Below are some reference ideas of what people have already accomplished near to what I want. Looking for suggestions and criticism in ways to improve the build, and again, at least 2-3 ideas of coolers, water blocks, etc. to bring everything together.

Case: NZXT CA-SW810-W1 White Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

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

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

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

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9D-8GBXM

SSD: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Video: EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000

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  1. 1stly, what's with the pics? Secondly, get a 7950 or 7870
  2. Quote:
    Below are some reference ideas of what people have already accomplished near to what I want. Looking for suggestions and criticism in ways to improve the build, and again, at least 2-3 ideas of coolers, water blocks, etc. to bring everything together.

    The pictures are the reference ideas. I need help finding a water cooling solution, totaly new and lost of the concept.

    Parts Preferences: Intel/Nvidia

    I dont like ATI, which is why I added Nvidia to Parts Preferences.
  3. Not really sure what your question is. It looks like you already have a build set up but you wan't to know what parts to get?

    I'd skip water cooling and spend the money on improving the system itself... Water cooling can get really expensive.

    Motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128507

    There's black

    RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345

    There's blue

    Video card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130590

    There's blue and black
  4. Get an i7 series. Hyperthreading.
  5. ^You need to RMA your advice - Hyper threading does nothing for game a present - not likely to change anytime soon. Before you offer advice try and do a little research prior. 570 is older less efficient tech - new AMD or nvidia Kepler would be the way to go.
  6. dish_moose said:
    ^You need to RMA your advice -

    Never heard that one before. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    The only thing I'd really change about the OP's build is to swap out the 570 for a Radeon 7870, as it handily beats the 570 in every benchmark that's been thrown at it so far: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7870-review-benchmark,3148.html
  7. Already aware that an i7 is no better for gaming than a i5 with the whole hyper threading, I concur... dumb to even suggest getting it for gaming.

    So what are we talking about in price for water cooling if it's so expensive? Another $500?

    Why stick with 1066 vs 2133 memory? To suggest a slower type of memory w/o a reason doesnt doesn't contribute besides it's still blue colored lol.

    Ty for the input so far.
  8. It's 1600...

    & it's the price/performance "sweet spot" for intel's sandy bridge.

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