New Build - March Performance Build Variation - Help Plz :)

Alright so, I haven't built a new gaming machine since 2002, I know, I know.. :) That being said, my budget is <$2000. I want to build a gaming rig that will allow me to push the limits (for my price range of course hah)! I went ahead and took a look at the March 2011 build-a-thon machines, and decided to try and take a stab at the 'Performance' build. I looked up each part (on newegg), re-priced and made a few changes. Here is what I came up with:

UPDATED 5/19/11 - FINISH/ORDERED BUILD ;)

Motherboard - ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $159.99
CPU - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core - $224.99
Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - $99.99
Video Card - SAPPHIRE 100312SR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 - $274.99
HD Storage (For APPS/GAMES/ETC) - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" - $64.99
HD Storage (For OS ONLY) - Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC SSD - $237.49
Power Supply - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE - $104.99
Media Drive - LITE-ON Blu-ray Burner with 3D Playback SATA iHBS212 LightScribe - $134.99
CPU Cooler - Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler - $39.99
Case - Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $69.99
Monitor - ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor - $179.99

Total = $1,592.39
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  1. what size monitor are you using
  2. i own the antec 300 illusion and i wish i would have gone with the haf 922 because of the cable management. the i5 2500k is the sweet spot if you are just gaming if you are doing heavy video editing or something like that get the 2600k otherwise get the 2500k. you dont need that motherboard unless you are going to push your cpu 5.2ghz+ i reccomend the asus p8p67 evo/ pro, asrock p67 extreme6/ extreme4. the spinpoint is at amazon for 60$ free shipping. and you may also want to look into 6950 2gb cf because that will max out almost any game right now and in the near future
  3. brpeden82 said:
    what size monitor are you using


    I am considering using this monitor:

    ASUS VG236HE Black 23" 1920X1080 2ms Height,Swivel & Tilt Adjustable Full HD 3D Widescreen LCD Monitor 400 cd/m2 100,000:1'
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236104&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=9wnnsvmf0pm3

    Although I have not purchased yet, so if you have a better monitor suggestion for the same price or cheaper, please feel free to let me know :) Thanks!
  4. are you thinking of going 3d??
  5. mjmjpfaff said:
    i own the antec 300 illusion and i wish i would have gone with the haf 922 because of the cable management. the i5 2500k is the sweet spot if you are just gaming if you are doing heavy video editing or something like that get the 2600k otherwise get the 2500k. you dont need that motherboard unless you are going to push your cpu 5.2ghz+ i reccomend the asus p8p67 evo/ pro, asrock p67 extreme6/ extreme4. the spinpoint is at amazon for 60$ free shipping. and you may also want to look into 6950 2gb cf because that will max out almost any game right now and in the near future



    - In regards to the case, the haf 922 is just a taddd over the dimensions of the space in which the tower will rest, not to mention. That being said, is the cable management really that much of an issue?

    - In terms of the processor, I am mostly after gaming.. Although, I do basic photo and video editing, but nothing that isn't possible on a newer Dell, i.e. I do casual photo editing in photoshop and casual small movie making in premiere, windows movie maker, etc. I.e. stuff I can easily do on a dual core/slower CPU, less ram and an older video card. So perhaps I SHOULD get the i5 2500k instead? I'll save a decent amount of money it seems.

    - As far as the motherboard goes, I won't be overclocking if that's what you are suggesting.. so which would be the best motherboard to fulfill my needs in terms of the recommendations you provided? I want this to be a good machine that will last me awhile and be able to keep up with technology (at least for a bit, haha).

    - Last but not least, video.. I looked up the card I believe you are referring to, is this it ---> SAPPHIRE 100312SR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102914&cm_re=6950_2gb-_-14-102-914-_-Product)... If so, isn't that virtually the same card that I listed above, but just a tad slower? Or am I confused..? Thanks!
  6. mjmjpfaff said:
    are you thinking of going 3d??


    It's not a priority for me, but I mean, who knows where we'll be in the next few years in regards to 3D technology.. so at this time, I could care less, but in a year or 2, who knows..? I won't lie, it does sound intriguing :)
  7. Ok, I just updated the specs above.. please give me your input, thanks again! :)
  8. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153136

    750W psu is more than enough to run 6950s in CF. This one, thermaltake, is on sale. after mir its almost half the price and its 80+ bronze, active PFC, 4 12V rails, modular, etc.
  9. Au_equus said:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153136

    750W psu is more than enough to run 6950s in CF. This one, thermaltake, is on sale. after mir its almost half the price and its 80+ bronze, active PFC, 4 12V rails, modular, etc.


    Great! :D Thanks!
  10. So does everything else look good then? All of this hardware is compatible and will produce a quality gaming rig? Also, as you can see in the build, I decided to purchase a SSD to install my OS to.. is that a wise decision? Or should I just run (2) 1TB drives? One for the OS/Apps, and the other for Games/Media?
  11. also, unless you are planning an eyenfinity setup, the 1gb version of the 6950 matches the benchmarks of the 2gb at 1920x1080 res. you could save another $30-40. I have the 6950 1gb in cf oc'd to 840/1325 at 1920x1080. for the time i played, Metro2033 (min/avg) 44/69 fps.
  12. Au_equus said:
    also, unless you are planning an eyenfinity setup, the 1gb version of the 6950 matches the benchmarks of the 2gb at 1920x1080 res. you could save another $30-40. I have the 6950 1gb in cf oc'd to 840/1325 at 1920x1080. for the time i played, Metro2033 (min/avg) 44/69 fps.


    I am only planning on using 1-larger monitor.. eyenfinity is utilized in a multi-monitor setup, correct? If so, then no, I will not be using an eyenfinity setup, since again I will only be using a single monitor. Thus, I should go for the 1gb version of the 6950 CF'd?
  13. yes the 1gb version will be better for you. and the 6950 you have listed can be unlocked to a 6970. also that psu ive heard has problems go with the tx 750 to be safe
  14. mjmjpfaff said:
    yes the 1gb version will be better for you. and the 6950 you have listed can be unlocked to a 6970. also that psu ive heard has problems go with the tx 750 to be safe


    Ok, that would be this card, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021&cm_re=tx_750-_-17-139-021-_-Product , correct?
  15. yes that would be the psu
  16. Awesome! Well, I just got approved for a newegg credit card, so its time to make this build happen :) Thank you for all your help, and is there any last recommendations? Anyone? Everything looks good to go? I can spend a few more bucks if need be.. also, looks like I'm gonna buy 2 additional 120-fans for the front of the case :) Excited!

    P.S. Any monitor recommendations? I wanna go with a GOOD one, size 24"-27", that is legit for my setup but won't destroy my credit line haha :) Plz let me know, thanks!
  17. mjmjpfaff said:


    Woahh, that is dirt cheap! I can spend a lil more if it means a better overall monitor that is worth the extra $$.. recommendations?
  18. Welpppp! That's that! I updated the final specs above (in my initial post) and placed my order.. Thank you to EVERYONE who chimed in and helped me pick out the proper hardware/components/etc.... I am very happy :) Thanks again!
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