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Ok everyone... I'm looking to build a gaming/general use rig around this price point (not including a monitor). I have a more dedicated thread for my build... I'm just curious what people would do with this budget. Overclocking is a must. Let's see what you can come up with!
post #2 of 38
GTX 580: $500
Intel i7-2600K $320
12 GB RAM (depends on the speed) $100-300
Full ATX Gaming Case $100-200
ATX motherboard (maybe GIGABYTE or ASUS P67) $100-$200
Water cooling (so you can overclock past 4 GHz) $100
That comes out to be: $1400-$1500
post #3 of 38
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Originally Posted by PCMaster24 View Post
GTX 580: $500
Intel i7-2600K $320
12 GB RAM (depends on the speed) $100-300
Full ATX Gaming Case $100-200
ATX motherboard (maybe GIGABYTE or ASUS P67) $100-$200
Water cooling (so you can overclock past 4 GHz) $100
That comes out to be: $1400-$1500
You will definitely need an SSD. Also, you can't have 12gb RAM on a p67 MOBO, I would go for 8gb, since 8 is plenty enough to run games.
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You would also need a PSU and SSD. I would drop the 2600K to a 2500K to allow for those items.
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Motherboard: $150
CPU: $220
GPU: $500
RAM: $47
PSU: $130
SSD: $220

Then look for a used HDD since prices on new ones are ridiculous, and you would also need a case and CPU cooler.
You would have $230 left to work with.
That is a great deal on that PSU by the way, just noticed that.
Edited by JSDempsey - 11/6/11 at 1:55pm
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I'm looking for an all inclusive build of around $1500 + monitor. I'm currently planning the following build (which includes a monitor) that comes out at $1609.90 - $1679.90 depending on the case + rebates.

-Corsair Graphite Series 600T CC600TM Mid-Tower Gaming CaseM
$169.99 -$10.00 Instant = $159.99

OR

-COOLER MASTER HAF 922
$119.99 -$30.00 Instant$89.99

-ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.1) LGA 1155 Intel P67
$179.99 -$10.00 Instant =$169.99

-EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB
$359.99

-CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V
$139.99 -$35.00 Instant = $104.99

-Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz
$319.99

-CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8
$74.99

-Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare DriveModel #:ST31000524ASItem #:N82E16822148697Return Policy:Standard Return PolicyIn Stock
$149.99

-Asus VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/SpeakersModel #:VH238HItem
$209.99 -$30.00 Instant = $179.99

-SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L LightScribe Support
$59.99

-Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEMModel
99.99

-COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
$29.99 -$4.00 Instant = $25.99

Comes out to around $1,700 - rebates

This is somewhat of a repeat post... I appologize but I'm looking for fresh perspective... what would you build with the same budget?
post #8 of 38
2500k
2x570's/6970's
8gb mem
h100/nhd14
ssd
850w psu
post #9 of 38
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Originally Posted by uniwarking View Post
I'm looking for an all inclusive build of around $1500 + monitor. I'm currently planning the following build (which includes a monitor) that comes out at $1609.90 - $1679.90 depending on the case + rebates.

-Corsair Graphite Series 600T CC600TM Mid-Tower Gaming CaseM
$169.99 -$10.00 Instant = $159.99

OR

-COOLER MASTER HAF 922
$119.99 -$30.00 Instant$89.99

-ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.1) LGA 1155 Intel P67
$179.99 -$10.00 Instant =$169.99

-EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB
$359.99

-CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V
$139.99 -$35.00 Instant = $104.99

-Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz
$319.99

-CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8
$74.99

-Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare DriveModel #:ST31000524ASItem #:N82E16822148697Return Policy:Standard Return PolicyIn Stock
$149.99

-Asus VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/SpeakersModel #:VH238HItem
$209.99 -$30.00 Instant = $179.99

-SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L LightScribe Support
$59.99

-Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEMModel
99.99

-COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
$29.99 -$4.00 Instant = $25.99

Comes out to around $1,700 - rebates

This is somewhat of a repeat post... I appologize but I'm looking for fresh perspective... what would you build with the same budget?
Looks pretty good. I have the 600T white, same CPU, GPU, RAM, monitor, and blu-ray drive. Love them all. For gaming though a 2500K would perform just as well as the 2600K and would save some money to be put towards a good cooler.
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Crucial C300 64GB Western Digital Black 1TB Samsung Blu-Ray XSPC Raystorm 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
XSPC RX360 Windows 7 Premium x64 Samsung Syncmaster SA950 Logitech G510 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
SeaSonic X-850 Corsair 800D Logitech G9X Creative X-Fi Titanium HD 
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Crucial C300 64GB Western Digital Black 1TB Samsung Blu-Ray XSPC Raystorm 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
XSPC RX360 Windows 7 Premium x64 Samsung Syncmaster SA950 Logitech G510 
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post #10 of 38
a computer based around these components will do great for about that price point

(note that I haven't included HDDs here or optical drives here)

Case: Cooler Master 690 II advanced
PSU: corsair TX 650 (or TX 850 if you're considering SLI)
GPU: Asus GTX 560 ti TOP direct CU2
CPU: I5 2500k
Mainboard: Asus Sabertooth p67
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600MHz
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