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$2000 Gaming PC-First Time Building

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as I can finish researching/comparing parts. Hopefully sometime this week.

BUDGET RANGE: 2000 Max

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Watching Movies, Surfing the Web, Video Editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitors, Headphones

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I was planning on using newegg. No real preference though.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I was planning to use an i7 930 Bloomfield. Other than that, I haven't acquired enough knowledge to justify choosing parts on my own.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe. I don't know much about overclocking, but I'm willing to learn.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Initially no, but definitely sometime in the near future.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1900x1080. 2 Monitors, however 1 is currently running at 1400x900 and I'm considering upgrading it in the near future.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: My room gets really hot. I was thinking about possibly getting a water cooling system, but I don't know much about it. I would like to future proof this machine as much as possible. I'm really starting from scratch, no past building experience, limited knowledge from reading beginner articles/stickies on this site. Any advice/parts suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Will edit to add parts as I choose them, let me know what you think.
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  1. Best answer
    I would go with this,

    1090t, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103849

    Crosshair IV, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131644

    RAM, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231279

    Hard Drive, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    Graphics Card, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102887

    850w Pro, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139015

    DVD Burner, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039

    And pick your case :)
    I went with AMD because AMD Fusion CPUs are coming next year and you will be able to drop the new CPUs into todays motherboards :) very good upgrade path, and you get a stronger graphics card.
  2. I wouldn't go with 1090 or i7 if gaming is your priority, I would be looking at i5 750/760 or AMD 955/965.

    Aside from that, I would be looking at getting G Skill 1600mhz 4gb RAM (or 6gb triple if going i7).

    Probably a Corsair 750w PSU so that you can XFire the 5870s later (850w if planning on big OCing on everything)

    Samsung Spinpoint F3 500gb or 1tb HDD.

    Asus P7P55D E Pro if you went the i5 route. Otherwise an Asus or Gigabyte board (890 for AMD, x58 for i7)
  3. asteldian said:
    I wouldn't go with 1090 or i7 if gaming is your priority, I would be looking at i5 750/760 or AMD 955/965.

    Aside from that, I would be looking at getting G Skill 1600mhz 4gb RAM (or 6gb triple if going i7).

    Probably a Corsair 750w PSU so that you can XFire the 5870s later (850w if planning on big OCing on everything)

    Samsung Spinpoint F3 500gb or 1tb HDD.

    Asus P7P55D E Pro if you went the i5 route. Otherwise an Asus or Gigabyte board (890 for AMD, x58 for i7)

    It would be good future proofing if he went with a better CPU, and his budget allows for it.
  4. xurwin said:

    .... BIOSTAR? really? for a 2000 dollar budget get something thats better than that, i mean really. Asus, MSI, EVGA. best brands. best boards.
    and that ram wont do good in that board, dual channel! you posted triple.
  5. Mr Pizza said:
    .... BIOSTAR? really? for a 2000 dollar budget get something thats better than that, i mean really. Asus, MSI, EVGA. best brands. best boards.


    LOL, its a 890fx board. Biostar is also a trusted brand. i jsut picked it because it has a combo and to fit a ati 5970. why waste so much money on intel when they would replace lga 1366 next year and amd's bulldozer would be a great choice for upgrade. and he's only going with gaming. so 5970 is the way to go. and this biostar mobo is still a good mobo.

    my bad on the 6gb ram. yes, i know that. i already changed it.
  6. xurwin said:
    LOL, its a 890fx board. Biostar is also a trusted brand. i jsut picked it because it has a combo and to fit a ati 5970. why waste so much money on intel when they would replace lga 1366 next year and amd's bulldozer would be a great choice for upgrade. and he's only going with gaming. so 5970 is the way to go. and this biostar mobo is still a good mobo.

    Well, 3/4s of that i said to him :P I know bulldozer, thats why I posted an AMD build too, with a 5970? I would go for the Crosshair IV Formula, MSI 890FXA-GD70 or the GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5

    Links,
    Gigabyte, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128441&cm_re=890fx-_-13-128-441-_-Product
    Asus, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131644&cm_re=Corsshair_iv_formula-_-13-131-644-_-Product
    MSI, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130274&cm_re=msi_890fx-_-13-130-274-_-Product
    Another Asus, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131655&cm_re=890fx-_-13-131-655-_-Product

    look at my first post.
  7. +1 to the crosshair 4. if he's gaming he also get that rather than what you said is that biostar is :D
  8. xurwin said:
    +1 to the crosshair 4. if he's gaming he also get that rather than what you said is that biostar is :D

    Well, i am making a $2200 build and i know a lot about what people have said over 5+ months of research ;)
  9. Mr Pizza said:
    Well, i am making a $2200 build and i know a lot about what people have said over 5+ months of research ;)


    i feel you bro.yeah, here at toms many good people give's great advice's i learned from them like batchuka,alvin smith,asteldian,lmeow,saint. even from you. 5months of research then new gpu's mobo's and cpu's come out. ;) goodluck with that $2200.
  10. xurwin said:
    i feel you bro.yeah, here at toms many good people give's great advice's i learned from them like batchuka,alvin smith,asteldian,lmeow,saint. even from you. 5months of research then new gpu's mobo's and cpu's come out. ;) goodluck with that $2200.

    Thanks man
  11. Best answer selected by ItzTom.
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