Help me build a reliable gaming PC

Can someone help me build a reliable pc that will last a while. I want it to be under 2k please help. Also what is the most reliable brand?
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  1. also it should have good performance playing games like crysis
  2. Head over to the home built section and check out tecmo's builds by uses
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/269162-31-recommended-builds-usage

    If none of those fit your needs make a post using the template shown in the sticky below and we can piece one together for you, under 2k is very easy to accomplish.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice
  3. I'd get an ATI video card, 5770. this is cheap, latest DirectX, OpenGL, and shader clock model. here is the one I'm getting.

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5316255&CatId=3669

    this are why I"m gonna get it, and why you should.

    1. it is $170

    2. it has almost perfect 5 stars

    3. Since it is the one in the 5000 series, it is one with the latest DirectX (DX11)

    4. it has better settings than those other ones

    5. it has stream technology.

    6. it is part of the 5000 series. the latest (and best) series of ATI. it has all the advantages.

    7. It has latest shader model (5.0)

    8. latest openGL (3.2)

    9. all of the other ones at this level is like $200 or more, and ones at this price are bad, like NVIDIA 250.

    10. Has crossfire

    11. You can play all the latest games full resolution (DiRT 2, Stalker, metro 2033, Aliens vs predator...)

    12. It's a 5770! BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK.

    for more information go here

    http://www.amd.com/us/products/des [...] tions.aspx

    message we if anymore questions.
  4. can't recomend any other parts, but I"m for sure on this
  5. APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: sometime in the next 2 months i think
    BUDGET RANGE: 1500-1900 (i want a good bang for the buck so if i go a little bit above that number thats okay)
    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, word processing, surfing the web
    PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS, Monitor, speakers
    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: good computer manufacture, digital storm looks nice
    PARTS PREFERENCES: intel but if amd is just as good at gaming than im cool with amd
    OVERCLOCKING: mabye
    MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: i would like a window and would enjoy some nice lights and bling but not necessary
  6. anybody?
  7. i am looking to buy off a website, i do not know how to build it myself
  8. Its actually not that hard, read through this sticky it walks you through it step by step, as long as you are capable of reading manuals you can build your own computer.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/274745-31-step-step-guide-building

    But if you want to buy it prebuilt you will pay more, shoot for similar components to what i listed above, it will cost you a fair bit more but you wont have to assemble it yourself.
  9. mabye i can buy the parts and have a local computer store put it together. would that still be cheaper most likely then buying it on the internet?
  10. would it be cheaper to buy the parts and have a local computer store put it together?
  11. anybody?
  12. I think if you buy parts individually, you will incur more shipping charges whereas a prebuilt PC may be more expensive but will cost you only one shipping charge? For a prebuilt you are just practically shipping the case since all the other parts are inside and probably just add a small box to contain CD's & manuals, etc... I don't have the experience but you can try this:
    1) Go to your preferred online store and put all the parts in your e-shopping cart and see how the total shipment cost
    2) Go to the e-store that sells prebuilt and see how the total package cost and how much is the shipping charge.
    3) compared prices. If the difference is not to much, go for the parts.

    The fun in building the PC is actually in
    (a) stacking up the boxes, take pictures & post them in here,
    (b) opening up the boxes, take out the parts, take the pictures & post them in here, (c) put them together, take the pictures in steps & post them in here...
    etc... etc...
    There is no fun in getting a pre-built one... ;)
  13. i just did a digital storm configuration of those listed parts and it is about $500 more. not worth it to me.
    (not all the parts were the same but roughly)
    or about $1200 at cyberpower. i dont know much about cyberpower though
  14. i bought a cyberpower and it was pretty bad 3 returns!
  15. ok then, that rules that out. digital strom is a bit pricey but I hear they do quality work
  16. how is alienware? and yes i know their pricey
  17. is this rig looking good:

    COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Model #:RC-922M-KKN1-GP
    Item #:N82E16811119197
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock
    Mail in Rebate
    $109.98 $109.98


    Update

    GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD4 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    Model #:GA-P55M-UD4
    Item #:N82E16813128404
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock
    $149.99 $149.99


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    SAPPHIRE 100280OCSR Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support ... - Retail
    Model #:100280OCSR
    Item #:N82E16814102863
    Return Policy:VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
    Out Of Stock

    ETA: 2/28/2010 9:31:00 AM
    Auto-Notify
    $649.99 $649.99


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    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail
    Model #:CMPSU-750TX
    Item #:N82E16817139006
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock
    Mail in Rebate Card
    $139.99 -$20.00 Instant $119.99


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    Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail
    Model #:BX80605I5750
    Item #:N82E16819115215
    Return Policy:CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    In Stock
    $199.99 -$5.00 Instant $194.99


    Update

    G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO - Retail
    Model #:F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO
    Item #:N82E16820231321
    Return Policy:Memory Standard Return Policy
    In Stock
    $119.99 $119.99


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    Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000BEVT 500GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Model #:WD5000BEVT
    Item #:N82E16822136314
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock
    $99.99 -$10.00 Instant $89.99


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    LITE-ON Black 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support - Retail
    Model #:iHAS424-98
    Item #:N82E16827106335
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock
    $31.99 $31.99


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    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
    Model #:AS5-3.5G
    Item #:N82E16835100007
    Return Policy:Consumable Item Standard Return Policy
    In Stock
    $9.99 $9.99


    Update

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ... - Retail
    Model #:RR-B10-212P-G1
    Item #:N82E16835103065
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock
  18. all except the hard drive. that is a laptop hard drive. you need a 3.5" drive.
    also if you have a microcenter nearby you could wait until they have the i7 860 for 200 again
    here is combo with that psu and good ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.343604
    and I personally wouldnt get a micro atx board. I would get a full size one. I dont know much about motherboards so dont ask me for a suggestion
  19. does this rig sound good?

    Update

    COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Model #:RC-922M-KKN1-GP
    Item #:N82E16811119197
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock
    Mail in Rebate
    $109.98 $109.98


    Update

    ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    Model #:M4A785TD-V EVO
    Item #:N82E16813131398
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock
    $99.99 $99.99


    Update

    SAPPHIRE 100280OCSR Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support ... - Retail
    Model #:100280OCSR
    Item #:N82E16814102863
    Return Policy:VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
    Out Of Stock

    ETA: 2/28/2010 9:31:00 AM
    Auto-Notify
    $649.99 $649.99


    Update

    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail
    Model #:CMPSU-750TX
    Item #:N82E16817139006
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock
    Mail in Rebate Card
    $139.99 -$20.00 Instant $119.99


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    AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ965FBGMBOX - Retail
    Model #:HDZ965FBGMBOX
    Item #:N82E16819103727
    Return Policy:CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    In Stock
    $179.99 $179.99


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    G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO - Retail
    Model #:F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO
    Item #:N82E16820231321
    Return Policy:Memory Standard Return Policy
    In Stock
    $119.99 $119.99


    Update

    Western Digital RE3 WD5002ABYS-01B1B0 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Model #:WD5002ABYS-01B1B0
    Item #:N82E16822136294
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock
    $89.99 -$10.00 Instant $79.99


    Update

    LITE-ON Black 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support - Retail
    Model #:iHAS424-98
    Item #:N82E16827106335
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock
    $31.99 $31.99


    Update

    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
    Model #:AS5-3.5G
    Item #:N82E16835100007
    Return Policy:Consumable Item Standard Return Policy
    In Stock
    $9.99 $9.99
  20. also has this cooler: In Stock
    $9.99 $9.99


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    ZALMAN CNPS10X Extreme 120mm CPU Cooler with Worlds first PWM Fan Speed Controller - Retail
    Model #:CNPS10X Extreme
    Item #:N82E16835118051
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock
  21. would these lights fit and look good in that case?

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    APEVIA CF12SL-URED 120mm Red LED Case Fan - Retail
    Model #:CF12SL-URED
    Item #:N82E16811998123
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock
  22. anybody please? is it good?
  23. Swap the HDD for a 640GB WD Caviar Black, or a 500GB Samsung Spinpoint F3, upgrade the board to a 790X and get a single 5870 for now, it will leave you some upgrade potential for the future and will still handle everything extremely well, it will also save you quite a bit which can be put into a second 5870 when the prices drop a bit, 2 5870s will perform slightly better than a 5970. I would drop the 965 down to a 955, you can increase the multiplier by 1 yourself and save a bit.
  24. that hard drive seems very expensive for 500gb...
    try to get combos if you can, you can usually save quite a bit of cash that way
  25. im just worried about overclocking, does it void the waranty
  26. Yes, it does as you can read in almost all overclocking guide. But still many experts recommend it because the risk is manageable if you know what you are doing...
  27. For that price range you need to probably try to fit a ATI 5970, or a crossfire of 5870's with a i7920.
  28. Can't believe this guy want's to pay some company to put some components in a case. What's the world coming to?
  29. just go to best buy and they have an alienware computer.I just saw one for $2,000 bucks roughly.or you can build one yourself.I didnt know jack about computers but i just built my own.I did my homework and paid close attention to what people said and it paid off.Remember when you get a "plug and play computer"you are paying alot for someone to do something you can do yourself with a little guidance and research.But if you truely dont want to venture down that road you can purchase a Gateway Gaming Supercomputer.It is $1,700.www.gateway.com
  30. the specs you picked out were cool but go with the new AMD 6 core processor.
  31. 1 5870 is clocked at higher speed than a 5970.the 5970 is somewhat "underclocked"so i would go with the 5870 unless you are overclocking the 5970.
  32. AMD phenom II X6 are off course good processor, though for gaming quad-cores beat them at almost all games, if the computer is for gaming go for a quad core
  33. Hey this PC looks pretty reasonably priced. It's a AMD 965black edition with a 5870.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883229137
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