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[New Build] 1800 Gaming build from scratch

I have been reading all I could for the past week or so and finally have decided I am in way over my head. I have built my last two systems but the last was over 8 years ago. Technology has definitely changed, along with the price of a good gaming system. I switched to laptop gaming for a bit due to traveling for work and convenience but I am ready to get back into the desktop gaming world.

Approximate Purchase Date: next few weeks once my tax return comes in.

Budget Range: 1800 including monitors. (can go up to 2000 but would rather not) As suggested, I would like to do 1300 for the system and 500 for the monitors. I am looking for suggestions for it all.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Web development and other software development (this includes running virtual machines), internet of course.

Parts Not Required: looking for a from scratch; I have nothing I want to reuse since everything is almost 10 years old.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any well rated sites (newegg, amazon, tiger direct/circuit city)

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: after all my research I would like to go with a SandyBridge processor.

Overclocking: No to start, but would like to try it.

SLI or Crossfire: If it fits in the budget yes, but willing to wait a year or so to do it.

Monitor Resolution: (1920x1080 or 1920x1200)

Additional Comments: Minimum of two monitors or 3 for Eyefinity. would also consider using a 32-37 LCD TV as a monitor if that is the suggestion.

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  1. i would pick the monitors out yourself and then come back with the rest of your budget. otherwise its just a guessing game. at least decide what fraction of it you want to spend on monitors. monitor quality is extremely subjective, some people are perfectly happy with a single 19" 8ms, some people demand 3 name brand IPS panels with perfect color matching.
  2. I know nothing about monitors for gaming. I would be willing to say devote 1300 for the build and 500 for the monitors. I am looking for suggestions for it all though. At least a starting point so I don't wonder around newegg aimlessly for the next few weeks. I will update my original post.

    Thanks.
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  4. It would be hard to suggest 3 monitors for under $500. How about $540? Are you going to be gaming across all three? If so, that will require two higher-end GPUs. I would go with two 2GB HD 6950s. You're looking at $550 for that.

    You want a Sandy Bridge CPU, but that's easy: 2500k. So let's base a build around those parts:

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    $540 ($530 after rebate)

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    The total in my newegg cart ATM is $2095.26 with shipping. After rebates ($45) you're looking at $2045.26 shipped.

    If you only want to game on the TV and use the other two monitors for other things, subtract $180 for one monitor for a total of $1915.27 before rebates, $1870.27 after.
  5. Best answer
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  6. i dont know what i was thinking. i completely agree with nh_hunter and why_me on the 2gb 6950. it is the clear choice at the high resolutions you will be dealing with.
  7. nd_hunter said:
    It would be hard to suggest 3 monitors for under $500. How about $540? Are you going to be gaming across all three? If so, that will require two higher-end GPUs. I would go with two 2GB HD 6950s. You're looking at $550 for that.

    You want a Sandy Bridge CPU, but that's easy: 2500k. So let's base a build around those parts:

    3x ASUS V238H 23" LED 1080p monitor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236117
    $540 ($530 after rebate)



    Thanks for the suggestion. However I might want to run them in portrait mode and I think the lower bezel will be too large to do this.
  8. swh127 said:
    Thanks for the suggestion. However I might want to run them in portrait mode and I think the lower bezel will be too large to do this.


    Agreed. Have you looked into IPS panels? They are more spendy but offer superior picture quality and the Dell's have very slim bezels.
    http://www.amazon.com/Dell-UltraSharp-U2311H-Widescreen-DisplayPort/dp/B003QTKV9W/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1303917559&sr=8-13

    LG has one out that has a little bigger bezel than the Dell above, but is less expensive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824005234
  9. I was concerned that the IPS panels 6ms response time was going to be too slow for gaming.
  10. I don't think so. I think the monitors that boast a 2ms response time (gray to gray) usually have a true 5ms response (on/off). From what I have picked up (and I could be wrong) the 2ms (gtg) seems like a bit of marketing hype. Maybe someone else can comment on this. My previous monitor was a 1680x1050 with 5ms response, and I didn't notice any difference other than the resolution when I switched to my current one (2ms gtg, 1080p).
  11. Best answer selected by swh127.
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