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$2500 Gaming PC Build

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September 6, 2010 6:50:11 AM

Price Range $2500 ($2800 MAX)

Usage Gaming

Sites for Parts Newegg, TigerDirect, Amazon

Preference of Parts Prefer Intel, open to AMD as well

Overclock Yes, CPU, GPU and really whatever else is recommended

SLI or Crossfire Yes

Parts Not Needed Keyboard and Mouse

Games Oblivion, The Witcher, Starcraft II, Diablo III, Deus Ex Human Revolution

Other Information PC Gamer for about 3 years now, first custom build. Need lots of advice. I NEED ALL THE PARTS. Any recommendations would be great. I am confused on what graphics card to get, same with motherboard. I want this to last for a good amount of time, and I want a solid, high-end build. I have always been interested in overclocking and water cooling, but I don't know if I need it.
ANY HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED
Thanks

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September 6, 2010 6:53:34 AM

^ When are you planning to buy the PC ?
September 6, 2010 6:55:01 AM

gkay09 said:
^ When are you planning to buy the PC ?

Ohh Sorry...forgot to mention that
In the next three weeks hopefully
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September 6, 2010 7:03:27 AM

also i am in the US i dont know if that matters any
September 6, 2010 7:16:01 AM

^ You should know that both AMD and Intel will be launching newer socket by next year(Though the newer AMD CPUs might fit in the current AM3 socket, but is still not sure)...

Also ATI will be launching their newer cards in a month or 2 and Nvidia will be launching their newer cards too by this year-end...So I would suggest you keep your graphic card options open...

If you are fine with the current-gen CPUs, then the LGA 1366 would be the better option if you want a high-end gaming rig...
CPU - i7 950(Currently retails @$299 so it is a better buy)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo -
There are many options -
ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS P6X58D-E
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS P6X58D Premium
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM -
A very good value kit, that shines in overclocking -
Crucial 6GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Other options-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
But if you want a very good high-speed RAM, then this -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE - Lian-Li K62
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CM HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU -
XFX 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair 750HX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But if you are fine with non-modular PSUs, then
Corsair 750TX is fine...

SSD for OS -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|20-231-377^20-231-377-TS,20-227-550^20-227-550-TS,20-233-124^20-233-124-TS,20-226-151^20-226-151-TS,20-227-542^20-227-542-TS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD for data -
Samsung F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I dint suggest the graphic cards for the reasons I had given above...
September 6, 2010 7:25:23 AM

gkay09 said:
^ You should know that both AMD and Intel will be launching newer socket by next year(Though the newer AMD CPUs might fit in the current AM3 socket, but is still not sure)...

Also ATI will be launching their newer cards in a month or 2 and Nvidia will be launching their newer cards too by this year-end...So I would suggest you keep your graphic card options open...

If you are fine with the current-gen CPUs, then the LGA 1366 would be the better option if you want a high-end gaming rig...
CPU - i7 950(Currently retails @$299 so it is a better buy)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo -
There are many options -
ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS P6X58D-E
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS P6X58D Premium
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM -
A very good value kit, that shines in overclocking -
Crucial 6GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Other options-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
But if you want a very good high-speed RAM, then this -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE - Lian-Li K62
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CM HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU -
XFX 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair 750HX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But if you are fine with non-modular PSUs, then
Corsair 750TX is fine...

SSD for OS -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|20-231-377^20-231-377-TS,20-227-550^20-227-550-TS,20-233-124^20-233-124-TS,20-226-151^20-226-151-TS,20-227-542^20-227-542-TS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD for data -
Samsung F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I dint suggest the graphic cards for the reasons I had given above...

Ok thanks
If ATI is releasing the new cards in a month, would it be safe to say that they are a good amount better (performance for value) than the 5970...or the gtx 480?
September 6, 2010 8:39:20 AM

^ I doubt they would be releasing the high-end cards by October though...but anyways you will be buying parts by this month-end or start of Oct right, so check it out then...
September 6, 2010 2:07:00 PM

ATi is releasing very soon, i wouldn't be surprised if they came out in October.
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