It's that time of the decade again! A new build! Help me! :)

I just sold my previous gaming desktop for 750. This time I will not make the same mistakes and will only buy slickdeals - Help me out by bookmarking this thread! And every time you see a good and slick part just post it here! I'm usually on SD 18hrs a day anyways hah! O yeah and this is going to be an Intel system, no AMD!

Budget: 2000 USD

So let's do this!

1. Purpose of computer: Gaming, Photoshop, HD Movies, eyeFinity or Nvidia Surround with 3 monitor setup. Overclock to 5.0Ghz Stable.
2. Budget: $750+(can push a little more
3. List which parts you have and/or which parts you are considering:
a. CPU: i7 2600k CPU 5.0Ghz Overclocked)
b. Mobo: Any (Need to be able to overclock i7 2600k to 5.0Ghz)
c. GPU: eyeFinity or Nvidia Surround
d. Hard drive: Already bought OCZ Vertex LE 100GB ($51 shipped!) but can use another SSD (Might put the LE in my M11X) - Need 2-4TB of Space (Saving movies, torrents etc.)
e. Ram: 16Gig or even 32Gig (some will be used for Ramdisk) 1600Mhz at least. (Need to be able to overclock i7 2600k to 5.0Ghz)
f. PSU: Need to be able to support all components and then some. Must not bottleneck!
g. Case: Roomy, good airflow
h: Optic (CD/DVD/Blu-ray): Doesn't matter. Pref blu-ray.
i. Monitor (size&resolution): Already picked up 3 x 22" Dell LCDs ($99 each!)
4. Overclocking: (Need to be able to overclock i7 2600k to 5.0Ghz)
5. When will you build it: As soon as I get all the parts. Slick deals is more important than ETA to build
6. Misc: CPU Cooler (Some kind of water cooling like the Corsair H50?)
Remember! Gotta be slick! Thanks guys!
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  1. I think you are being overly optimistic about what you can get for $750 - $800.
  2. I hope he means he already owns a i7 2600k and already owns 16gb of ram because there is no way he is build that system for ~$750. An i7 2600k alone is $300+, the best mobos for OC'ing ~$175-250. Furthermore you cannot guarantee to get an OC of 5Ghz on a 2600k. I don't know if you have been talking to other OC'ers but the vast majority of 2600k systems do not get to 5Ghz and even if they do it is at a very high voltage and very hot and not recommended for real use, it is just to say you got it to 5Ghz. I'd say 4.5Ghz is a goal but as every OC'er knows, not all CPUs are created equally.

    No offense but I'm not sure what you really want out of us. If we could build $1500 systems for $750 then we'd be too busy driving our Ferrari to post.
  3. woah there big fella, champagne wishes and caviar dreams on a poo mans budget, ain't happening.
  4. Woah! The budget means this! I have at least 750 to spend!
  5. Get back to us with a more concrete budget. You have at least $750. Well, do you have $1500? Cause that's about what it will take to meet your unrealistic requirements...
  6. my system in my signature is a $750 system when you add keyboard, mouse, and a 1920x1080 monitor.
  7. I guess you guys never heard of slickdeals. Anyways my max budget is 2000!
  8. ragingazn628 said:
    I guess you guys never heard of slickdeals. Anyways my max budget is 2000!

    You're not the only person who knows of slickdeals. As great of deals as they have sometime, you're not going to get all of your required parts for 50% off. A budget of $2k is much more realistic. People were just trying to tell you that they're not going to be able to help you unless you're realistic with your expectations.
  9. $2000 is a little bit more realistic when it comes to your requirements. Forget slickdeals. Go with Newegg.

    COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    $99.98, free shipping, $10 mail-in-rebate


    Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
    GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    $494.48, free shipping


    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
    $34.99, $7.56 shipping

    Forget a stable 5.0GHz on anything less that a full liquid cooling setup. This Hyper 212+ cools better than the Corsair H50 while costing substantially less. Be happy with a stable, 24/7 mid-4s overclock.


    CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1600C9
    $98.99, free shipping, $15 mail-in-rebate

    Get two sets for your 16GB requirement. The heatspreaders on these DIMMS will not get in the way of the Hyper 212+ when all four RAM slots are populated. P67 defaults all ram to 1333MHz, but all that is needed for correct frequency is to enable 'XMP Profile' in the BIOS. Also, with Sandy Bridge, RAM speed/timings have nothing to do with your ability to OC your processor. Take note that the rebate will be good for only one set.


    MSI R6950-2PM2D2GD5 Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
    $269.99, free shipping, $25 mail-in-rebate

    Get two for Crossfire. You will need both for decent frame rates on 3 monitors. You can flash the BIOS to an HD 6970. Or, you can use a modded HD 6950 BIOS that unlocks the dormant shaders. Then a slight overclock will effectively turn it into a 6970. Take note that you will only get a rebate on one card.


    CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    $164.99, $5.99 shipping, $10 mail-in-rebate


    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD204UI 2TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    $79.99, free shipping


    Intel 510 Series (Elm Crest) SSDSC2MH120A2K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    $284.99, free shipping

    The Vertex 3 is faster, but you have to be quick when they show up on Newegg. You won't notice the Vertex 3's faster speeds unless you do benchmarking.


    Samsung 22X SATA DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
    $18.99, $4.99 shipping, free shipping w/ promo code EMCKFKC38, ends 4/13


    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit for System Builders - OEM
    $99.99, free shipping


    Total: $2016.36 + $13.55(shipping) - $60(MIR) = $1983.46
  10. Either you shop by price or you shop by quality, choose one. NewEgg has already established themselves as having the best prices for PC parts around so I don't know why you'd even bother with some coupon site, (which partners with NewEgg I might add).

    Plus you are being a bit unrealistic about expecting a 5.0Ghz overclock. You'll be lucky to get 4.8Ghz and I don't know what you are smoking to think you need 32Gb of ram. I'm still confused as to what your budget is, is it $2000 or 750?

    If you want the best overclock you should consider this:
    ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME Republic of Gamers Edition
  11. nd_hunter said:

    Was this a mistake? Who's still buying 5400rpm drives? lol
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