New Build: Gaming PC $1500 - $2000

Dear Tom's Hardware Community,
I've been reading a lot and decided to ask the gurus for advice for a gaming PC build - I am completely new at building a PC. Looking forward to any advice! Thanks in advance.

Approximate Purchase Date: May 2011; I know its a little premature at this point, but I am often very indecisive so I need a lot of time to settle.

Budget Range: $1500 - $2000 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Folding@home, Movies/Netflix, Web surfing.

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Speakers, Keyboards.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon. (any other sites you might recommend for better/comparative deals)

Country of Origin:USA

Parts Preferences: No preference.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes / Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920X1080

Additional Comments: Thanks for all your help!
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  1. Hi there,
    Below are a few suggestions for a high-end build.

    Intel Core i7 2600K
    Asus Maximus IV Extreme
    Geforce GTX 580
    6Gb DDR3 RAM (Any company.)

    You can do the rest!


  2. 1585 After Rebates

    ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

    ASUS VH232H Glossy Black 23" 5ms Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 w/Speakers & HDMI
    165$ After Rebates

    Grab 3 Monitors and enjoy the games in EYEFINITY

    Single Monitor:1869$ Including Antec Nine Hundred Case
    Eyefinity[3 Monitors]:2199$ Including Antec Nine Hundred Case

    For Building the PC Guide

    Video Tutorial

    Eyefinity Gameplay

    With 6950 CF and i5 2500K you could play any games maxed out at Ultra settings
  3. At the time of when you want to build your build. Check out my siggy for the 1200$ build. Since you have an extra 300$ left in the budget add another 6950 2GB or if you want swap the 6950 2GB for 560 Ti either are solid performers.
  4. Didnt see i missed out the case
    Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  5. Hey everyone! Thanks for the quick responses! Greatly appreciate it - it'll make buying components much much easier. Thanks again.
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