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$2,000 Gaming PC

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October 29, 2010 3:36:39 AM

Hello everyone. I'm looking for some feedback on a new gaming build. My budget is $1,500 to $2,000. Right now I'm right around $1,600, so I have some money to work with if it will improve performance and whatnot. Any input and advice is welcome! Also, I could really use some advice on a CPU cooler that will fit in my Antec Nine Hundred case that I'd like to reuse from my old build.

Approximate Purchase Date: 1 to 2 weeks

Budget Range: $1,500 to $2,000 (after rebates)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, mmo's, internet, movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, case (Antec Nine Hundred)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Tigerdirect

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: No water cooling


EVGA X58 SLI Motherboard
Intel Core i7 950 Processor
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
Cooler Master Thermal Compound
Corsair Dominator (3 x 2GB)
Corsair Airflow Fan
EVGA GeForce GTX 470
WD VelociRaptor 300GB
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
Lite-On Internal DVD/CD Writer
Corsair TX850W Power Supply - 850W
Antec Nine Hundred (reused from old build)
Windows 7 Home Premium

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October 29, 2010 4:28:27 AM

The hyer 212 is a great cooler, dont need the paste it comes with it dont need the fan either, ram doesnt get that hot. With that budget might want to get SSD over raptor. Can put more money into video card if you want. Uses can help us help you more, theres a guide on this new build section if you want to repost in that it woul be good.
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October 29, 2010 4:41:22 AM

Better gpu and more fans...
I'd get an ssd. 64 gig at least
October 29, 2010 5:54:57 PM

For the uses, the price you are at spending more is going to give so minimal increase that its not even worth it. Im sure all this stuff would even come out cheaper on newegg(use this site). Theres some really nice cases out if you wanted to replace the old one. Looking like a nice build, still dont need the ram fan and thermal paste.
October 29, 2010 7:00:14 PM

+1 on newegg, also a 10k RPM drive isn't worth the price.... I have 3, 15k RPM drives, and only noticed a small difference from 7.2k RPM to 15k....
a SSD is better. This is a pretty good SSD, considering it myself.... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

this RAM is better http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You might want to consider a couple GPUs.... Couple o' these would be better.... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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