Brand New Build-$2k Budget

Hi all, I am new to Tom's Hardware and after reading other posts in this category for the past 3 hours I figured I would ask for some advise as well. I am in the very near future going to be building a new PC. I have one I built about 2 years ago, but it has long since been taken over by my wife and children. I am looking for a build that will get me great performance without killing my wallet. My budget is 2 grand and I pretty much need everything lol. Well everything except headphones as I have Logitech G35's. So if people here would give input on a fun powerful build I would greatly appreciate it. I will more than likely be buying all parts by this upcoming Friday so once I get home from working away from home, all parts will be there and I can have some fun building my rig. I really like what I read concerning the 2500k builds and I want to go Liquid Cooling this go round. Thanks in advance for all your recommendations. Mike
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  2. Approximate Purchase Date: My current purchase date will be before Friday of this week.

    Budget Range: 1500-2000 before rebates.

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Surfing

    Parts Not Required: Headphones, I currently have Logitech G35's

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,, possibly I have never actually dealt with them)

    Country of Origin: USA-Alabama

    Parts Preferences: I would prefer an Intel Build, specifically like what I hear about the 2500k series builds. Full Tower, great Monitor as I may want to try out 3D for movies, games, ETC.

    Overclocking: Absolutely Yes

    SLI or Crossfire: Yes, going to start with a single, unless I find I have it in my budget to go dual off the bat. Wife controls my budget and is being "nice" as she puts it at 2K

    Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200

    Additional Comments: Not really so much concerned with looks as I am amazing cooling and performance. I am really interested in possibly going Liquid Cooling on this build.

    Thanks to anyone who recommends something, I appreciate it very much. Mike
  3. Ok so after reading the forums for the last 8 hours or so I have come up with a prelimenary build sheet. Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated.

    1. Cooler Master RC-942 Full Tower Case

    2. Asus P8P67 MOBO

    3. Intel Core i5 2500K processor

    4. OCZ 60gb SSD

    5. Kingwin Lazer Modular Bronze plus 850 watt PSU

    6. Creative Labs 7.1 channel sound blaster audigy

    7. Zonet Wireless N Network Adapter Card

    8. GTX 460 Overclocked 1GB card(Going to run two of these in SLI)

    9. Logitech Cordless Keyboard and Mouse Combo.

    10. Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB HDD

    11. Asus 23.6 1080p HDMI monitor

    12. Windows 7 Home Premium

    13. Lite-On Blu-Ray 12x Burner with 3D playback

    14. G.Skills 8gb 1600 Ram

    As I have said this is my prelimenary build sheet and anything can change given the proper advise. I also want to do some kind of liquid cooling setup for the CPU/GPU. Any and all advise on whether to go liquid vs massive air is greatly appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to look at my build list and for any advise you offer. Mike
  4. Skip the sound card, integrated sound is more than good enough. If you have a Microcenter near you, you could probably get a deal on a P67/2500k combo that would be way cheaper than buying individually.

    Skip the 460 and use the savings from the sound card delete to get either a 560Ti or 6950.
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