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August 1, 2013 3:12:11 PM


Hey everybody,

So lately I've been picking out parts to build a Gaming PC with a budget around $2000, but I'm not to great at it. I'd like to see some of the build that you guys come up with. (If there's anything that I've left out in here, let me know)


When are you purchasing the parts ? Most likely in the next few days.

What is your budget ? 1500-2000 USD (A few hundred over $2000 is fine as well)

What are your needs ? Gaming, video/photo editing, rendering, streaming.

Your location : USA, California

Your preferred sellers/websites : I'd like for it to be on PCPartPicker, preferably Amazon and Newegg, or whichever merchant you think is trustworthy.

Your part choices : I think I'm set on the case, the NZXT Phantom 820 (Grey), feel free to try and persuade me.

Do you plan to upgrade this PC ? Yes, not anytime soon though.

Do you need a OS or any other software ? Yes, I'm leaning towards Windows 8, I'm still not sure though. Again, feel free to give opinions.

Do you need any Monitor ? Yes, it'd be nice if you guys could fit a monitor in the budget.

Do you need any peripheral ? Again, it'd be nice if you could leave some room for a mouse, keyboard, and headset.

Any other notes : Well, I prefer Intel/Nvidia over AMD. I'm open to suggestions as well. I just ask you don't cheap out on any of the more important parts.

Thank you.

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a c 287 4 Gaming
August 1, 2013 3:41:50 PM

Are you overclocking?
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August 1, 2013 3:47:04 PM

realchaos said:
Are you overclocking?

Most likely not, if I decide to it won't be anytime soon.
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a c 287 4 Gaming
August 1, 2013 4:05:56 PM

@John Bong: That's a sweet build. However, I would change a few things:

-The Corsair H80i isn't very good. Single-radiator AoI closed loop coolers don't perform very well for their price. Grab this instead: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/phanteks-cpu-cooler-phtc14...
It's a huge heatsink, but it performs the same, if not better, than the H80i and much quieter. It also comes in different colors.

Since you're not overclocking anytime soon, you can stick with the stock cooler for now. Don't buy an aftermarket cpu cooler until you plan to overclock.

-This RAM is cheaper and low-profile: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-memory-bls2kit8g3d...

-You want a 850w psu if you want to SLI in the future: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/pc-power--cooling-power-su...

-PNY is usually a budget brand. Haven't heard much of their SSD either. I would recommend Plextor for a bit more: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/plextor-internal-hard-driv...

-No need for a full-tower case. Here's some mid-tower suggestions:
Fractal Design Define R4: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/fractal-design-case-fdcade...
NZXT Phantom 410: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-caph410b1
Corsair 500R: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-500rbk

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a b 4 Gaming
August 1, 2013 4:37:52 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($119.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Phantom 820 (Grey) ATX Full Tower Case ($241.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic Platinum 860W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($182.10 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.73 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: LG 24EB23PM-B 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($247.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $1937.30
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-01 19:36 EDT-0400)

Here's a non overclocking monster build.
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August 1, 2013 6:01:37 PM

realchaos said:
@John Bong: That's a sweet build. However, I would change a few things:

-The Corsair H80i isn't very good. Single-radiator AoI closed loop coolers don't perform very well for their price. Grab this instead: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/phanteks-cpu-cooler-phtc14...
It's a huge heatsink, but it performs the same, if not better, than the H80i and much quieter. It also comes in different colors.

Since you're not overclocking anytime soon, you can stick with the stock cooler for now. Don't buy an aftermarket cpu cooler until you plan to overclock.

-This RAM is cheaper and low-profile: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-memory-bls2kit8g3d...

-You want a 850w psu if you want to SLI in the future: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/pc-power--cooling-power-su...

-PNY is usually a budget brand. Haven't heard much of their SSD either. I would recommend Plextor for a bit more: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/plextor-internal-hard-driv...

-No need for a full-tower case. Here's some mid-tower suggestions:
Fractal Design Define R4: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/fractal-design-case-fdcade...
NZXT Phantom 410: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-caph410b1
Corsair 500R: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-500rbk



Very nice Heatsink!
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August 1, 2013 10:23:52 PM

Thanks for the suggestions so far guys, however I would like a few more builds if that's not too much to ask for. Thanks!
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August 1, 2013 11:16:52 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1nk5S
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1nk5S/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1nk5S/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card ($499.99 @ NCIX US)
Wired Network Adapter: Intel EXPI9301CTBLK 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI-Express x1 Network Adapter ($28.49 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 820 (Grey) ATX Full Tower Case ($241.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-07 DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($250.52 @ Amazon)
Total: $2033.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-02 02:10 EDT-0400)

Hope this helps...

P.s - the price online differs from this text by $50
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August 2, 2013 12:05:06 AM

THis build should suit your need, you may SLI it later XFX 850 BEFX is excellent gold rated 850w PSU for price.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($334.97 @ Outlet PC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($172.20 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($144.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card ($449.83 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($250.52 @ Amazon)
Total: $1960.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-02 02:59 EDT-0400)
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