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I need help building a computer for around $2,500

First off i would like to say i have never built a computer before.

My main budget is 2,500 dollars but the price is flexible.

I will mainly be using this computer for school work and gaming but also surfing the web, watching moves and shows.

I don't want liquid cooling.

I would like these parts to be available on amazon or newegg.

I live in Portland, Oregon, America.

I would like my power supply to be a 80plus bronze and my desktop memory to be 16 gigs.

I don't plain on overclocking it too much.

the monitor is not included in the price range.

I would like a great sound card(needs to be able to support 7.1 surround sound) and a awesome video card, also i would like 3.0 USB jacks, I want the best for this price range, and it all has to fit in a CM Storm Trooper,also please recommend a monitor but don't include it in the price range(I would like the monitor to have the best resolution and the fastest response, sorry but i don't know anything about monitors).

Thank you for reading this and putting your best answers.
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  1. What will the uses of this PC be? Anything other than gaming?

    What monitor setup do you have? What resolution?
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    I would like my power supply to be a 80plus gold or platinum

    Any particular reason? 80+ or 80+ bronze is really all that you need. 80% efficiency is pretty good.
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    and my desktop memory to be more then 16 gigs

    Unless you are running a server or a big ram disk or other specialized purpose, you do not need more then 16 GB ram. 16GB is about the sweet spot for very high end builds.
  3. please tell the parts that are the best
  4. Answer our questions and maybe we can have a better idea what you're looking for. Thanks!
  5. I did i changed my commit at the top, i don't know anything about monitors so how am i supposed to change my commit.
  6. Best answer
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($220.98 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card ($1006.13 @ Newegg)
    Sound Card: Asus Xonar DS 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($65.38 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($154.48 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $2374.89
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-30 14:11 EDT-0400)
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    Alternate build:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
    Sound Card: Asus Xonar DS 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($65.38 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($154.48 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1877.76
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-30 14:17 EDT-0400)
  7. can it run skyrim on full settings though , does it support 7.1 surround sound, is the sound quality excellent, and lastly can its features also support games that will come out in a few years. is the onboard memory 16 gb and is the core prosseser the best on the market.

    thank you for putting up your comment though.
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    can it run skyrim on full settings though

    Depends on the resolution but it should.
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    , does it support 7.1 surround sound

    Yes.
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    , is the sound quality excellent,

    I don't know.
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    and lastly can its features also support games that will come out in a few years.

    Those are very high end components. I cannot predict the future but either build should be good for several years.
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    is the onboard memory 16 gb and is the core prosseser the best on the market.


    .

    Memory is 16GB. The first build has a stronger video card but slightly lower end CPU. The bottom build has a top end CPU but somewhat weaker video card.

    The motherboard has 6 USB 2.0 ports and 2 USB 3.0 ports. If that isn't enough 3.0 ports I could try to look for another.
  9. no that's enough USB ports, thank you so much for your help. I think i am going with the top build. thanks again. also do you think you could point me in the direction of a good tutorial on how to build a PC.
  10. Just one of many: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-your-own-pc,2601-10.html
    Honestly at this point you will have to do alittle research and take it slowly. It isn't that hard but might take several hours for a new builder.
  11. thank you again for your help:) you are awesome.
  12. I would recommend getting 1866mhz ram if not 2133mhz. Thats much better than 1600mhz and slightly more expensive.
    2133mhz for $154.99 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133

    and

    1866mhz for $149.99
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866

    I would recommend 2133mhz since your going all in anyway but 1866mhz seems more stable and safer in my opinion.

    EDIT: Nevermind, I don't recommend the 2133mhz since your not really going to overclock your cpu that much anyway so 2133mhz might be too fast depending on your cpu clock speed.
  13. Yes. Pehaps 1866MHz Ram is worthwhile. 2133 tends to require too much voltage though.
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