Building First Gaming Desktop, Budget $2000ish

Hey all, looking to build my first system in quite awhile(last one is about...6 years old) so I'm looking for some suggestions.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next couple months, probably try to buy half of what I need each month, hopefully pick up some deals on what I want along the way.

Budget Range: Approximately $2000, would like it to be less.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Heavy Gaming, *some* CAD stuff.

Parts Not Required: A mouse...

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, don't care all that much.

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Been using ASUS for awhile and like their selection, not a necessity though.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI : Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

So far from what I've gathered from research and similar threads on this forum I've come up with the following.

Case
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case-$100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197

Motherboard
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard-$159
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157229

CPU
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K-$225
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit 1-Pack - OEM-$30(Student Discount)

CPU Cooler
Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler-$40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142

GPUs
ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121425

Power Supply
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply-$95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021

Memory
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL-$75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

HDD
Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ-$60
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Internal-HD103SJ/dp/B002MQC0P8

SDD
OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)-$105
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227550

Monitor
ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1-$180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236117

Optical Drive
LG Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 10X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Super Multi WH12LS30 LightScribe Support - OEM-$100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136226

Total-$~1800
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  1. Welcome to the forum.
    1. The HAF fans should be enough
    2. Mobo is a bit expensive for a P67, consider a cheaper one and/or a Z68 alternative
    3. The 2500K is still very powerful and should be fine for more than occasional CAD
    4. Yes, the Hyper is a good choice
    5. The 560 is a better choice at your budget, but as for the OC versions, IMO unless they're aggressively priced they are not really worth it.
    6. Try this PSU instead http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021
    7. As for the SSD with any of the modifications above you wish to make, what does the budget come to? SSDs do greatly benefit performance, but if you're already near your max budget, you may not be able to get a big enough one. A common option is to get a 60-90GB or so one and use it as a boot drive and storage drive for only the important/frequently used applications in combination with a larger, general storage mechanical HDD.
  2. The 6950 gpus are a little more expensive than the 560, and normally outperform even the 560Ti at higher resolutions, and a pair of 6950s in Xfire are formidable.
  3. for your motherboard go with the asrock p67 extreme4 it is a very good motherboard i own it and love it. i agree with jbakerlent on the psu the tx 750 is really nice. for your hard drive get the samsung spinpoint f3 1tb at amazon for 60$ free shipping. also an ssd would benefit you this is a good ssd 145$ - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227601&cm_re=90gb_vertex_2-_-20-227-601-_-Product . if that is out of budget you can get a 60gb version for like 90$ after rebates. here is a very good monitor for a awesome price 170$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236117 . for that resolution look at the 6950 1gb ~230$ after rebate and shipping- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102921 . if you are sticking to the gtx 560 go with this one it pushes the hot gpu air directly out so it is not going through the cpu cooler- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130661
  4. corsair 750tx V2 is $95 with promo code: EMCKEJC29

    i5-2500k + ram combo (the ram promo code EMCKEJG73 still works): http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.644254

    agree that mobo is overkill. although its a good choice if you really need the x16/x16 lanes. the asrock extreme4 is a great choice.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.653970

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.653978

    hyper 212+ is a good cooler but for the same price on newegg, the SCMG-2100 (aka Scythe Mugen) is quieter and provides superior cooling.
  5. Thanks for the inputs and suggestions, I've made a couple changes:

    Operating System
    Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit 1-Pack - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116992

    Motherboard
    ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157229

    Power Supply
    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021

    Monitor
    ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236117

    CPU Cooler
    Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142

    HDD
    Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ
    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Internal-HD103SJ/dp/B002MQC0P8

    SDD
    OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227550

    Question about the SDD's. Do all applications(Games,CAD,etc) get a performance boost by them being on the SDD? I still don't quite understand the technology.

    After taxes, this setup will run me about $1770, so I still have a little leeway.
  6. Looks pretty nice overall, except that I don't see a GPU - I'd go with the 6950 as suggested above. Also, do you have a particular reason for choosing Professional over Home Premium? Regarding the SSD, yes any file/application on the drive will see improved reads and writes - for games this mostly means just fasting level loading, launching, etc.
  7. if for some reason you feel that you do need windows professional, make sure you combo it:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.652890
  8. I have the GPU I'll be using in my first post, 2 GTX 560's in sli, didn't list off everything in that second post, just what I had changed/added. Also, it just occurred to me that I get Windows Professional for dirt cheap for being a college student, so that'll cut that cost down substantially; so I guess my reasoning will be that I can get it for 30 bucks.

    Also have another question, been reading up on some other video cards. Would the GTX 560 TI be worth the extra...100 bucks or so? And which ATI cards are posted up against the GTX 560 TI and the GTX 560?
  9. oh crap i didnt notice that. yes, go with the 560ti or the HD6950. i really hate how theres a plain 560 now, really makes things confusing.

    ive heard good things about the iceq cooler:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161373&cm_re=6950-_-14-161-373-_-Product
  10. Alright, decided to go with either the 560ti or the 6950. I've been a nvidia fan for awhile, but have a question abot the 6950. I've read that you can unlock the rest? of the shaders int he 6950 via the BIOS. Would doing so give a noticeable increase in performance over the 560ti?
  11. yes read about it on tomshardware's 1000$ build here is a 6950 that can be unlocked most cant: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102914&cm_re=sapphire_6950_2gb-_-14-102-914-_-Product
  12. Ah alright, one last question before I think I'm set:

    Down to two choices for my GPUs

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121425&cm_re=gtx_560_ti-_-14-121-425-_-Product

    and

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102914&cm_re=sapphire_6950_2gb-_-14-102-914-_-Product

    Is there any *real* difference between how the two cards would perform? Will I be able to utilize that extra 2gbs of vram from the ati cards in everyday use?
  13. no but you can unlock the 6950 to a 6970 then you will see a big performance gap between the 2 cards
  14. The difference at 1080P would probably be around 5FPS over the 560TI, the extra 2GB currently won't be of much use. If you are able to unlock, the difference would be a bit more. If you increase your resolution, or add a second card you'll probably want the 2GB.
  15. that 900mhz gtx 560 ti will perform on par with the stock 6950 2gb:

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/asus-gtx560-directcu-ii-review/16
  16. Ah, okay. I figured the two cards would perform quite closely to each other for my needs. Fairly sure i'll stick with the GTX 560TI, thanks for all the help guys.
  17. ya u can also oc a 6950 for free too (i know same as 560 ti's)
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