New Rig Digital Media/Gaming $1500-2000

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks from now

Budget Range: $1500-2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Digital Media Production, Gaming (Should be able to glide through games like Crysis 2 on high settings)

Parts Not Required: Mouse and keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Nvidia GPU preferably.

Overclocking: No.

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Monitor Resolution: Wide Screen LCD something like 1600x1200 or 1920X1080
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  1. With a budget like this, you should go with a setup that will allow overclocking in the future. It is very easy and could prolong upgrading your CPU for a year or more. Z68 boards aren't out yet, but that will be what you want for Quick Sync (ridiculously fast encoding times). We'll set aside $220 in the budget for that.

    CPU: Intel Core i7-2600k
    $314.99, free shipping
    * The 2600k will give you no advantage over the 2500k in gaming, but does aid in media editing. Here's a comparison of the two from AnandTech (link). The non-k model (no overclocking) will save you $15 (link).

    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+
    $29.95, free shipping
    * You don't need this now, but it allows for a healthy overclock (~4.5GHz) and can be added later, though it's easier to install when you build your rig

    Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V Pro
    ~$220, just a guess as the Z68 chipset is only $8 more expensive than P67

    RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline (2 sets, 16GB total)
    $165.98, free shipping

    GPU: MSI GTX 580 (Twin Frozr II)
    $499.99, free shipping
    * The Twin Frozr II cooler cools better and quieter than the reference cooler

    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
    $69.99, free shipping

    Optical: Lite-On 24x DVD Writer OEM
    $21.99, free shipping

    PSU: Corsair 650HX
    $119.99, 5.99 shipping, $15 mail-in-rebate available

    Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced
    $159.44, free shipping

    OS: Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM
    $99.99, free shipping

    Monitor: LG 23" IPS Panel
    $239.99, $8.99 shipping

    Total: $1957.28 shipped, before rebate(s).

    * You could drop 8GB of ram to free up some money for a small SSD. Z68 allows SSD caching which speeds things up a bit. Here's an article by Tom's to get you up to speed. It also goes into detail about the Z68 chipset's advantages over P67 and touches on Quick Sync (link).

    SSD: Intel 320 40GB SATA II
    $99.99, free shipping
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    Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ
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