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New Build: Gaming PC $1500 - $2000

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March 8, 2011 2:08:10 AM

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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March 8, 2011 3:51:55 AM

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!

Cheers
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a b 4 Gaming
March 8, 2011 4:11:22 AM


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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
19$

ASUS VH232H Glossy Black 23" 5ms Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 w/Speakers & HDMI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/274745-31-step-step-g...

Video Tutorial
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yer955E7T6w

Eyefinity Gameplay
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3OWpAj78k4

With 6950 CF and i5 2500K you could play any games maxed out at Ultra settings
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a b 4 Gaming
March 8, 2011 4:15:04 AM

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.
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March 10, 2011 8:02:42 PM

Hey everyone! Thanks for the quick responses! Greatly appreciate it - it'll make buying components much much easier. Thanks again.
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