Sub 2000$ gaming build


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:mainly for games, etc. Once bluray reader/writers drop price I'll probably add one

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Need everything


PARTS PREFERENCES: intel cpu/Ati Gpu


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This will be my first desktop for gaming; I've been a gamer all my life but couldn't afford pc gaming, mainly consoles. I have the money now, and even though I understand there is no such thing as future_proofing I want a system that will last me the end of this generation. I'm 23 but have a family and kids and the wife isn't budging much, so I won't be able to upgrade every year like some people. Play pretty much all genres other than mmo's. Big into rpgs, strat, fps and such. I appreciate any help and advice you guys can give me.

These are the parts I've picked out so far-I'm totally open minded and will accept any suggestions given. Also, since I won't be making this purchase for two weeks there was no point in adding deals, but when i actually make this purchase I'll look for the appropriate combos. Also, I realize that the 5970 is out of stock, and may make a purchase from Ebay or a similar service.

Anyways, this is what i picked out

Btw, I know every one recommends the Haf 932, but that thing is butt ugly. If I'm going to ogle at my build I want something that is slightly attractive, hence my case selection. Thanks
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  1. you should add the name of the parts to your thread, maybe more people will want to reply.
  2. Curious as to why your paying a large premium for a crossfire/sli motherboard if you don't plan to use it. Also their are better power supplies out there for similar prices even after the rebate and you don't have to deal with a rebate. Also has the cosmo case for 186.90 with shipping instead of almost 210 at newegg.
  3. Please write the name of the product along with the links :)
  4. A good list of parts.

    The cosmos is not known as a good cooling case. Any one of the Antec cases would be better. How about the 902?

    You might want to defer your graphics card selection until Nvidia launches the GTX470/GTX480. Supposedly early march.
    Unless you plan on gaming at 2560 x 1600, the 5970 can handle anything at a lesser resolution. Even a 5870 would do well.
  5. I agree with the above. Get a cheaper case, cheaper PSU and a single PCIE board if you're not planning to Crossfire.
  6. Yes, you can get a cheaper case,Cheaper mobo,Cheaper PSU.

    Even for a card like 5970 750W isn't required unless you're planning to run multiple cards.

    And HD5970 is overpriced.
    Just get a HD5870/5850.These can play games at 1920X1080 with ease.
  7. The reason I was going to choose the 5970 is because I plan to run eyefinity later on around around August, and purchase two similar monitors. I was looking to wait for the new fermi cards as preliminary results show they will be faster than the 5870 but slower than the 5970, and since they supposedly run hot a dual gpu solution wouldnt be feasible. Thanks on the case selection and I'll look for a cheaper mobo as well. I'll add the name of the parts sorry for that
  8. Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
    HIS H587F1GDG Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
    Intel X25-V SSDSA2MP040G2R5 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Retail
    ASUS P7P55 WS SuperComputer with NF200 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply - Retail
    Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
    CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 - Retail
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Saitek PZ30AUR 104 Normal Keys 4 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Eclipse Red Backlit Keyboard - Retail
    ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) Built-in Speakers - Retail
    Logitech MX518 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 1800 dpi Gaming Mouse
    LG 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 IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Full
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
    Subtotal: $2,004.86

    I stuck with a 750 psu because if I choose the 5870, I'll crossfire it within a year. I then added a ssd data drive to keep the price similar. What do you guys think? If I don't get a 5970 should I wait for the new Nvidia card? I've already waited a while but as far as I know there is no concrete date on Fermi so still undecided
  9. Antec CP-850 is cheaper and its better PSU, not to mention specifically made for the 1200 case (as well as P193 / P183)

    HD - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The WD Black 2 TB is a good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):

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