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$1,400 Gaming rig. Ready to buy.

Last response: in Systems
April 16, 2012 4:44:41 PM


Please look over this build and let me know what you think. Any questions/concerns?

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Part price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2550K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.44 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V/GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.99 @ Best Buy)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS224-06 DVD/CD Writer ($20.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Lite-On SK-1788/BS Wired Standard Keyboard ($14.97 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Gigabyte GM-M7700 Wireless Laser Mouse ($14.99 @ Newegg)
April 16, 2012 4:49:16 PM

everything looks good
have fun building your rig
April 16, 2012 4:49:51 PM

Everything looks good to me.... except the mouse and keyboard. i assume this is for gaming. thats a cheap ass mouse. i like the logitech G500. its great. the corsair vengeance K60 is a great keyboard. believe me... they make a difference.
April 16, 2012 4:58:16 PM

Don't get the 2550K - it's only a slightly faster clock and you forfeit use of onboard video which is helpful in diagnosing GPU problems. I don't know what Intel was thinking with that one - go with the 2500K instead. Also get a Z77 board over a Z68 as it will allow for future CPUs for Ivy and beyond.

Try this setup:

Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $109.99
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: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 - $399.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99

Total: $1,277.91

The difference will leave you with more than enough room to get a nice monitor or some nice peripherals - I don't include those on builds as that's entirely personal preference.