1600$ Budget Gaming PC

So, i'm creating a new gaming pc with Budget Range of less than 1600$ After rebates, preferrably more than 1400$

Purchasing by next week tuesday, preferrably monday.

I'm using this for gaming for games like Skyrim, Diablo 3, MW3, surfing the internet, email/homework, photo editing but just png/paint/photoshop.

Won't be needing a mouse.
8 GB of RAM at least.
Preferred websites or tigerdirect, amazon, and i'm ok with newegg but there aren't many great deals.

I live in USA, CA, San Diego.

I prefer: intel for cpu but after research i guess amd bulldozer is ok, asus/asrock for motherboard, any good psu company, corsair for ram.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire:Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200) 100 - 150$

I'd like a window on the case, modular power supply, and liquid cooling.

This is what i have right now:

Motherboard:Maximus V Gene ROG

Cpu:Intel i5 2500k

Cooler:Corsair H60 liquid cooling

Graphics Card:EVGA GTX 480 Fermi (x2)

RAM:Corsiar Vengeance 6GB (2x4)

Storage:OCZ Agility 3 240GB SSD

Case:Corsair obsidian mid tower 650D

OS:Windows 7 64 Bit

PSU:Ultra X4 750Watt Modular PSU

Speakers:Logitech x-140 Speakers

Keyboard:Razer Arcosta Black Gaming Keyboard
Already have a grounding braclet.
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  1. EDIT: Don't need a dvd writer, well... Maybe, i have a 16x lightscribe + all the other normal stuff, 16x doesn't have a big difference between 24x right?
  2. Any reason you picked a MicroATX motherboard instead of a regular-sized ATX one? Since you want 2 GPUs, you'll be using up all of the PCIe slots on the MicroATX board right away. With an ATX board you'll have much more flexibility in the future.

    Remember: The motherboard is the #1 component that you do _not_ want to go cheap on ;)
  3. Any recommendations for a good motherboard?
  4. thats your actual rig?

    if so just gor for a GTX690 and a NEW Seasonic X850 PSU
  5. dosdecarnitas said:
    thats your actual rig?

    if so just gor for a GTX690 and a NEW Seasonic X850 PSU


    Oh, i don't think i made this clear enough. I am building a new computer and i haven't bought the parts yet, and i'm asking for recommendations for parts and improvement. My b
  6. For the same manufacturer and price as your other one ($209), this one looks pretty decent: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131819 Not sure what TigerDirect has it for
  7. Ennon said:
    Any reason you picked a MicroATX motherboard instead of a regular-sized ATX one? Since you want 2 GPUs, you'll be using up all of the PCIe slots on the MicroATX board right away. With an ATX board you'll have much more flexibility in the future.

    Remember: The motherboard is the #1 component that you do _not_ want to go cheap on ;)


    I'm using 1 GTX 480 unless you have another recommendation for video cards, and as for micro-atx to atx i have no idea why i went for micro i guess it's just cheaper, however since i have 60$ to spare i guess i could look for another mb... any recommendations for a mobo that's: good for oc, good for gaming, and preferrably has virtu-mvp?
  8. how much do have to spend on the cpu,mobo,case,gpu,psu,memory,HDD,ssd?
  9. I would go with something more like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H60 74.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($52.99 @ CompUSA)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.18 @ Mac Connection)
    Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($98.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Acer S220HQLAbd 21.5" Monitor ($129.95 @ Mac Connection)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($98.99 @ B&H)
    Keyboard: Razer Arctosa Wired Standard Keyboard ($49.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1545.01
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

    Also, add your speakers: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2458532&sku=L23-7226
  10. So i've changed to the p8z77 pro, and @ loops i was planning to spend 1400$ on the computer itself and around 200$ on peripherals
  11. Also, does the GTX 480 come with the actual mini-HDMI to HDMI cable or just the adapter? it looks like the actual cable in the picture, but just wanna make sure.
  12. I'm overclocking my i5 3570 to 4.4 Ghz with voltage at 1.276, does that seem pretty stable?
  13. Gamer_Hyx said:
    Also, does the GTX 480 come with the actual mini-HDMI to HDMI cable or just the adapter? it looks like the actual cable in the picture, but just wanna make sure.


    An advise, don't get GTX 480 especially two of them. They consume a lot of power, and generate a lot of heat.

    Source (power) : http://www.guru3d.com/article/amd-radeon-hd-7850-and-7870-review/7
  14. Get the Radeon 7850.
  15. Here a build suggestion with monitor. Have a look:

    CPU & Optical Drive: $226- i5-2500K & Samsung

    Motherboard & HDD: $190- Asrock Z77 Extreme4 & Samsung Spinpoint 1TB(Great motherboard that supports SLI/Crossfire. It offers similar features than the Asus motherboard at a lower cost)

    PSU : $100- OCZ Fatality 750 Modular

    RAM: $55- Corsair Vengeance Lp 8GB

    SSD: $95- OCZ Agility 120GB(120 GB SSD is more than enough to store apps, games, and have windows installed)

    Cooler: $30- CM Hyper 212+(Water cooling is a great setup is it has hassles like maintenance, go for it if you can manage it)

    GPU: $400- EVGA GTX 670(Awesome card for gaming, better than GTX 480 in performance and power consumption)

    Case: $80- CM Storm Enforcer(Or anything you like)

    Monitor: $140 -Acer 23" FullHD LED

    OS: $69- Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit

    Total(Excluding Rebates, promos): 1380 USD

    Rebates, promos: ~$50

    Keyboard, speakers your choice.
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