New build $2000 budget

OK, I've got $2000 to build a new PC, with a focus on gaming

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP, as soon as I figure out the parts I want

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Linux stuff (development, screwing around)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, screen, speakers.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Whatever is cheapest and won't rip me off.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Prefer a full case, and parts that have strong Linux support.


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024, however this is probobly my next upgrade, so I guess that should be considered for video cards, etc.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I could care less about fancy lights, windows, or any of that crap. Functionality is key
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  1. First: I really don't know anything about Linux, so I have no clue how well this will work for Linux, but heres a $2000 gaming PC
    I'm assuming you already got Vista or are just waiting for Windows 7 (use RC 1 now) (plus i know you're going to use Linux some of the time)
    I'm going to use newegg for the parts because they are amazing.

    In the end I really tried to push upwards towards $2000 (I even through in a second graphics card, and gave you a CPU cooler, because you said you might want to OC) but in the end it came to around $1700

    This is Crossfire only, but since we are using 4890's it wouldn't be a problem (if you want Nvidia just switch)

    This is an amazing/future proof processor, and I hear it's really overclockable, so that why I threw in the cooler

    CPU cooler:
    It seems solid, and is getting amazing reviews

    I threw in two of these because you have the budget to spare (obviously this would be a good place to cut down) but for the price ATI delivers ridiculous cards.

    You said full case so I'm guessing you meant full tower, but Antec always makes amazing cases, that keep your system decently cool

    This is a lot of RAM, and is very solid (plus it works with i7)

    DVD/CD Drive:
    Might as well have burning

    Corsair makes really solid PSU's and 750w is more than enough to sustain any upgrades you may get

    Hard Drive:
    WD makes really solid drives, and 1 TB is a lot of room (plus you can always upgrade)
  2. Here's a build w/monitor that also includes two gtx 285's running in SLI. gtx 285's in SLI > 4890's Crossfired. btw you can turn down or even turn off the bue LED's with the adjustable control knob on the outside of the case if they are too bright / too flashy for you. This build is also set up to over clock like a champ! :)

    Make sure you flash to the latest bios with this mobo and then dl the latest drivers for it.,7463.html <--- Gigabyte: Enable SLI On X58 Boards,2266.html <---vid card benchmarks gtx 285, 275, 4890, 260, 4870, etc.. <--- more pics and specs of the case used in this build. $159.99 ($139.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
    COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KKN1-GP Black ABS Bezel, SECC Body ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $144.99 ($119.99 after $25.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
    CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $179.99 | $164.99 after rebate
    GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CrossFireX/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard $265.99 Free Ground Shipping
    Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, OEM $39.99 Free Shipping*
    XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail $4.99
    Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail $329.99 ($299.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
    EVGA 01G-P3-1180-AR GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
    Free Cryostasis game w/ registration at manufacturer website $329.99 ($299.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
    EVGA 01G-P3-1180-AR GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
    Free Cryostasis game w/ registration at manufacturer website $94.99 Free Shipping*
    G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $99.99 Free Shipping*
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM $24.99 Free Shipping*
    SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner - OEM $269.99 ($249.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
    ASUS MK241H Black 24" 2ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor with 1.3M Pixel Webcam 450 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 3000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail
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    Total: $1,945.88 | $1,795.88 w/mail in rebates <---Save yourself some money on an o/s and dl the 64 bit version of Windows 7 :)
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