$1500 Gaming Rig - Thoughts?


Purchased/built a homebuilt right when the dual core came out, and now with college behind me and money to spend, as well as Diablo III coming out soon enough, going at it again.

Approximate Purchase Date : 1 Week
Budget Range : ~ 1500 $
System Usage : Hardcore Gaming
Country : USA
Parts Preferences : Nvidia / Intel / Gigabyte
Overclocking : Not off the bat
SLI : Not off the bat

Parts Spec:

MB : GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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

VGA : EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

RAM : CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

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

Power : CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power

CPU FAN/HS :ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

HDD : Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200 3 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive

Case : Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0

Case: Corsair CC600TWM-WHT Special Edition Graphite Series 600T Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case


I know the HDD prices are inflated due to floods, but I download/store so much, and have alot to transfer over, its worth the extra 40-50 bucks.

Just bought:

MONITOR: ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) W/Speakers

So LCD is taken care of.

EDIT: think going to wait for the evga gtx 680 and ivy bridge i5-3570
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  1. looks like a solid system
  2. Gaming builds don't even use up 4GB of RAM so 16GB is overkill. I'd recommend saving the money by getting 8GB and putting that saved money into getting a GTX 680 (or 7950 or 7970) - all of which outperform the GTX 580.

    G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB $45

    A 750W PSU will be borderline enough to run a system with two GTX 580s and I would advise against it, however it is plenty for a system with two GTX 680s, so that is another reason not to use a GTX 580.

    The WD 1TB FALS isn't worth any amount more than this, which is both faster and quiet/cooler:
    Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST1000DM003 $110
    (Even the 2TB version is cheaper than the 1TB FALS)
    You could even use a 5400RPM drive if you are not going to be putting any programs on it.
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