$2000 budget gaming build

Hi everyone, I'm planning on ordering this i7 gaming computer in around a week or two. I'm willing to overclock, and i'll be running it in 1920x1080 resolution. It would be great if I could get some suggestions for anything :) Thanks!

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119196

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

2 x EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130475

HT | OMEGA CLARO Plus+ 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829271003

CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible ... - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139007

Logitech G15 USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126034

ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131365

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227381

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103055
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  1. Not a bad build. :) The case you chose...which is a super case btw, would be a tight fit for two of those cards in SLI, and the psu you chose is way over kill for that build. A decent 750w is more then enough to push that rig and then some. Here's a build with most of your components yet cheaper without losing any quality and performance not to mention the case in this build gives you more room for two of those cards.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197 $129.99
    COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    New Arrival

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006 $109.99 ($99.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

    http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U4P&show=p Combo Price: $494.00 | w/coupon code: $489.00 Free Shipping
    Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, Retail
    GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CorssFireX & 3-Way SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
    Use coupon code: MEMORIAL5 for additonal $5 off.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029 $41.99 Free Shipping*
    XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835154003 $4.99
    Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130475 $239.99 Free Shipping*
    EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
    Free Cryostasis game w/ registration at manufacturer website

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130475 $239.99 Free Shipping*
    EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
    Free Cryostasis game w/ registration at manufacturer website

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231247 $94.99 Free Shipping*
    G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284 $94.99 Free Shipping*
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152 $23.99 Free Shipping*
    LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) 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±R DVD Burner - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126034 $89.99 Free Shipping*
    Logitech G15 104 Normal Keys 29 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard - Retail

    Total: $1,559.90 | $1,549.90 w/mail in rebates

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.aspx?ITPID=mscomsc <--- Save yourself some money on an o/s and dl the 64 bit version of Windows 7

    http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?category_id=19&product_id=2919 <--- more pics, specs, and reviews of the case used in this build

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128374 <--- more pics, specs, and customer reviews of that Gigabyte UD4P mobo used in this build
  2. just to clarify, you do have a 7.1 sound system right?

    because if you only have 5.1 or below then onboard sound will do just as well as that card and save you $175.
  3. Hi xixpoisonxix

    You almost have the same setting then I have, the case different I think It's more matter of choice, you could check on review to be sure the cable management is easy and theventilation is good, maybe sometime less ventilation and more cable management it's not a loss.

    The cpu cooler you choose I'm not sure if it's better then the Noctua, I have the Noctua and it's not one of the best close to the top but not at the top the important thing here is I don't ever heard the fan, even with two fans in push-pull.

    The keyboard, I hope you will need those programmable keys because of you don't need it don't go that way because for typewritting only that keyboard is c r a p .

    Happy building looks really find ;-)
  4. g15 is a bad keyboard and microsoft x6 is the best keyboard out there.
  5. Thanks for all the responses! They have really helped :)

    You're right, the 1000W power supply is probably an overkill for my system. I put it in because I thought I wouldn't have to upgrade it in the future. I'm willing to get a cheaper power supply, but I'm looking for one that has modular support. The case I'm planning on getting is apparently a little small, and many users recommend a modular power supply for it. I've heard that Corsair makes great power supplies, but most of them don't support modular. The new ones that do also cost a ridiculous amount compared to other modular power supplies. Can anyone recommend a good 750W-850W modular power supply?

    I'm going to be using a 5.1 speaker system. I've read up on a lot of reviews for the sound card and many people are using 5.1 systems and are very impressed. But is there really no difference compared to the onboard sound?

    OK, so the Logitech G15 keyboard isn't that great for users that don't care for the programming, apparently. What's some other good keyboards? I'm hoping to get one with backlit keys, preferably red.
  6. xixpoisonxix said:
    Thanks for all the responses! They have really helped :)

    You're right, the 1000W power supply is probably an overkill for my system. I put it in because I thought I wouldn't have to upgrade it in the future. I'm willing to get a cheaper power supply, but I'm looking for one that has modular support. The case I'm planning on getting is apparently a little small, and many users recommend a modular power supply for it. I've heard that Corsair makes great power supplies, but most of them don't support modular. The new ones that do also cost a ridiculous amount compared to other modular power supplies. Can anyone recommend a good 750W-850W modular power supply?

    I'm going to be using a 5.1 speaker system. I've read up on a lot of reviews for the sound card and many people are using 5.1 systems and are very impressed. But is there really no difference compared to the onboard sound?

    OK, so the Logitech G15 keyboard isn't that great for users that don't care for the programming, apparently. What's some other good keyboards? I'm hoping to get one with backlit keys, preferably red.


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371009 $179.99 Free Shipping*
    Antec TPQ-850 850W Continuous Power ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

    or...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011 $199.99 Free Shipping*
    CORSAIR CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197 <--- if that case does figure to be too small, RMA it and get this one. Then get a can of flat black high temp spray paint, a roll of masking tape and paint the inside and the back of this case, and you have close to same thing as the scout...just a little larger and no handles. It only takes a few minutes to paint the inside of one of these cases.
  7. An Antec twelve hundred plus an antec cp-850 is always an option too. The cp-850 will only fit the antec twelve hundred, p183, and p-193 so dont buy it with any other case.

    http://www.provantage.com/antec-twelve-hundred~7ANTG051.htm
    and
    http://www.provantage.com/antec-cp-850~7ANTS039.htm

    or if you prefer newegg (its more expensive)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129043&Tpk=antec%20twelve%20hundred
    and
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371024&Tpk=cp-850
  8. Why_Me...

    How would 3 EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card's run with this rig? Would anything else ned to be upgraded in order to run 3 graphics cards with the rig you proposed? Case spacing maybe?
  9. fuhreal said:
    Why_Me...

    How would 3 EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card's run with this rig? Would anything else ned to be upgraded in order to run 3 graphics cards with the rig you proposed? Case spacing maybe?


    Heat's always the big issue..that psu/power and space. Three gtx 275's would be serious over kill imo. Two of those cards in SLI rock any game out there.
  10. Talk about a fast response! I have been reading forums for close to 2 weeks now, day in and day out, and for the price range, your rig is the best I've come across. Is there anything else you would throw in to boost performance and still fall around 2000 instead of the 1559 that yours came up to?
  11. ^ put the spare money towards a couple of 5870's when they come out in September
  12. Hmmm....Radeon HD 5870 what you talking about right? With the GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CorssFireX & 3-Way SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard, the Bridge for ATI cards do not come in the box. I do not know how much of a hastle it would be to find a good bridge for those cards, I seen bridges online just not sure how good they are.
  13. ^ the bridges come with the graphics cards.
  14. oh ok, I did not know that. Everywhere else I have read says that because of the different spacing on mother boards for the graphics cards, the bridges come with the mother board not with the graphics card, but this is good to know.
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