Custom Gaming Computer help

Hey computer gurus. I came here to ask for some help. :(
Unfortunately, I'm not very good with computers...

I'm thinking of buying a new computer (whether it be from Dell or custom built - whichever is cheaper).
I have 2,000 dollars to spend and would like a gaming computer.

Can you please recommend me the essential and also good quality components such as the video card, power supply, etc... so I can start building and enjoying the computer. 2000 dollars is the max.

Monitor, mouse & keyboard, and speakers are not needed.

Thank you.
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    The budget should be ok for a very good gaming computer for you.
  2. 2k will build a great gaming Rig,
    Please fill in the build questionnaire Rv posted and get your screwdriver ready,
    because you are building it yourself, if your working on bang for buck cheaper,
    you build
  3. So far I'm thinking about this:

    But was wondering if there will be better recommended deals (more powerful than the link above and cheaper).

    If it comes down to it, either custom building or buying an already prebuilt one like the Acer one, either or should suffice.

    Approximate Purchase Date: November 2011

    Budget Range: Yes and no if possible.

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming system is the priority.

    Parts Not Required: Monitor

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,,, etc...

    Country of Origin: TX (US)

    Parts Preferences: Whichever is better between Intel and AMD and a reliable mid tower case.

    Overclocking: Yes

    SLI or Crossfire: Yes. Again, which ever is better between nVidia and Radeon.

    Monitor Resolution: No need. I will have my own monitor.

    Additional Comments: Flashy case like the link I provided. A quiet case would be awesome.

    Can you guys highlight the points of why you think your recommended items are better than the amazon one.

    Thank you friends.
  4. I would recommend this:

    CPU: I5 2500K -

    The 2500k can overclock to an i7, the difference between the 2 is that the i7 has hyper threading and is better for encoding and video editing. So i perfer the 2500k because you can overclock with ease to 4.0+ and it is fast.

    MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme 4 1155 -

    This motherboard is a wonderful Overclocker, it is so easy a caveman can do it. It is also the Z68 so it has better features over like say a P67. It's just a great MOBO in all, and keep in mined to look at MSI and ASUS brands as well as they offer ones just as sweet.

    RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4) -

    This RAM will do along with any other great brand (G.Skill, Patriot ect.) and all you need is 8GB even if your encoding or using big programs. The one you listed above is 12GB, you will not even use half of that so it is overkill and your overpaying for it.

    CPU Cooler: Hyper 212+ -

    This CPU cooler or anyother great air cooled brand will work just fine with OC your CPU. Another good one is the DH-14.

    GPU: Nvidia 480GTX -

    Radeon: 6970 -

    These GPUs will do wonders right now in the gaming world. The thing about these are you can go with lower ones like the Nvidia 470GTX or the Radeon 6950 and still be fine because when you SLI or CrossFireX these babies there going to max out any game right now.

    PSU: Corsair TX850 -

    This PSU has 4 x 6 PCI connectors so it's ready for some SLI or CrossFireX and it's one of the best PSU brands out there so you cant go wrong.

    Now you just need a good case, OS, HDD, and DVD Drive and whatever else you need. I will say that the Antec 900 V3, NZXT Phantom, and Coolmaster HAF 922 are all wonderful cases along with alot of other brands.
  5. What is the resolution of the display you have? The reason why I am asking is that depending on the resolution we can tell you if you will need a Crossfire or SLI solution to begin with or can a single card solution handle it. Anything below and including 1920x1200 will can be handled with one card, but multiple monitors and 30" 2560x1600 or 27" 2560x1440 will need a SLI/Crossfire solution.
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