New Intel Gaming System

I have been trying to build a gaming computer for the past 2 years (being deployed for a total of a year has hampered that). Now seems like a good time, what with all the pice drops and new achitectures coming out and i have decided i will build this thing around June/July timeframe.

Approximate Purchase Date: June 2012

Budget Range: $1600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Probably Neweegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I know the PSU is WAY overkill, but I want to futureproof this sytem as much as possible and leave options for SLI and overclocking without buying another PSU. Grand Total came out to just under $1600. Any suggestion on better bang for buck?


Intel i5-3750K ($225),

Western Digital Caviar Black 1.5TB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($160) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136793

Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case & CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) (Combo $150). http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.904531

Thermaltake Toughpower Grand TPG-1050M 1050W ATX 12V v2.3 & SSI EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS GOLD & ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard (Combo $390) http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.903776

GTX 680 ($500)

CD/DVD RW Drive ($15-$30)

Windows 7 Home Premium OEM ($100)
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  1. Here's what I would do.....

    MUCH better power supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139034

    Better motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131819

    Radeon HD 7970 (more bang for buck)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814103201

    64GB SSD for OS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441

    1TB secondary
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697

    Those changes take you right to 1600, unless you decide to save some money with a mid-tower.

    **You'll want to invest in a CPU cooler if you think you might overclock at some point.**
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
  2. I'd cut down on the case - the Thor is quite a monster and you only need it if you're building around a monster motherboard like the Classified SR-X or Asus Rampage IV Extreme. I'd also heavily advise against using a Thermaltake PSU. The bad thing about those combo deals is you wind up buying a lot of crappy hardware to save a few bucks - do your research before buying!!! I can't stress that enough!

    Try this setup:

    Case: NZXT Phantom - $129.99
    PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 - $104.99
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-UD5H - $189.99
    CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
    Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
    RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 1333MHz - $42.99
    HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST - $99.99
    Optical: Lite On Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
    Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 680 - $499.99
    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99

    Total: $1,440.92
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