Potential $~1100 Gaming Rig - HELP!

Case: Sure

Motherboard: I'd recommend the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 (Good soild and has a 3 year warranty)

CPU:Good (the h100 would be a good cooler, but the Ivy Bridge isn't the best at overclocking, most say Sandybridge 2500k is better)

RAM:Little overkill, I'd suggest 1600 RAM and you can always overclock it too, if you want/need the extra speed.

SSD:It's alright, but, I'd go with the Samsung 830, I think it's around the same price.

HDD: I'd recommend saving some cash and getting a Western Digital Blue 1TB comes with $20 off coupon too- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339

Graphics Card: Spend alittle more and get the new GeForce GTX 660 Ti (Better bang for your buck)

PSU: I'd go with something alittle more soild, Cooler Master is okay, go with this ORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W - Also has a 15% off coupon http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020



The tx650 is the best deal right now on psu's. 480gtx is still good  but unless you can find it for under $200 I woudnt recommend it right now. Its like a really fast and hot 560ti. 

i added the psu meat grinder reccomended http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020 

now should i get the geforce 670 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500242&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Video%20Cards-_-ZOTAC-_-14500242&AID=10440897&PID=3962334&SID=

or the evga one i already had http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130759

Definitely go for the GTX 670.

the 670, its better than the 7950, the 480 is archaic crap but I was trying to stay under your budget, if you want to get that PSU fine,

the budget went up gigabuster! right now shopping cart is at 1488 O_o 

will the motherboard i have selected support all the shit? ill take a new SC of shoppingcart... 


and could this case work better than the other one? http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0026FCI2U/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=motherboard0a-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0026FCI2U

I can't see the case you picked.





the first link is better but not by much, both very good cases, but the first one is better

It really depends on whether or not you want a full tower or a mid tower. The HAF 932 is going to give you more space to work with and you'll have more expandability. Plus it's pretty future proof unless they come out with another motherboard form factor standard which is pretty unlikely.

If you want something smaller and less bulky then the 922 is the way to go.


alright this is 1506.51 Shipped


CPU/MOBO i5 2500K/Asus z68

RAM muskin 2133 2x4GB 10-11-10

GPU Nvidia 680 asus

SSD Kingston 128GB 85,000 read IOPS 55,000 write IOPS

Case/Heatsink HAF 932/TPC 812 (see bench below)


Monitor 1080p 5ms 100,000,000:1  dynamic contrast

PSU 630w 80+ PSU

CPU heatsink benches, the only one that is cooler is the Phantek which is way more expensive

omg <3 giga thank you. i think i might buy that exact set up

Why not get an MSI GTX 680 Twin Frozr III instead?

I'd personally probably go with a Radeon HD 7970, but I guess you probably don't need the extra VRAM with that monitor.

its only ten bucks more get that instead


i was thinking of just getting http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125423 it scored 4055 on cpubenchmark and is 140 less.. is this stupid of me?

The GTX 670s don't perform that much worse than the GTX 680s, so that would be a good choice if you're trying to save some money. I think the better choice would be a 7970 though, because you'd be saving some money and the 7970 actually performs better than the GTX 680 when you start overclocking it.

If you don't want to overclock it manually, then buy a Ghz edition because they perform better than the 680.


I would personally grab one of these:


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339 HDD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009365 Monitor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125423 GPU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135224 Optical

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182200 PSU 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226245 RAM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820239374 SSD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1027210 CPU & MOBO combo looks GREAT

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1033286 Case and Heatsink combo also looks great

TOTAL: 1395.89

quality build or no? only thing i am now worried about is the heatsink and the psu.


@Vortex88 do you really think 7970's are better than 670's? ive been watching videos about how they are better on some games but not most of them... but i would be down if they're truly the best for the money

if i were to buy a 7970 it would be this one right? : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125408 what would be the difference from the sapphire one vortex showed http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202001


Yeah, it's better than the GTX 680 as long as you overclock it. The difference is that the Sapphire is a Ghz edition which means the GPU is factory overclocked to 1000mhz, where the regular 7970s are clocked at 925mhz. Also, it has a more robust cooling system which should allow for further overclocking. The Gigabyte is the vanilla 7970 which means it's clocked at 925mhz and it has the reference cooler.

You don't really have to get a Ghz edition card, but I would suggest something with a cooler that's better than the reference design. You should be able to overclock the card above 1000mhz yourself pretty easily.