Building My First Computer - Wait, what the...

Approximate Purchase Date: This Week, hopefully Tuesday, if not Wednesday

Budget Range: Between 1500-1900 before rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Graphic Design, Media Production, Downloaded Videos

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Operating System(unless it can beat student discount)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.compusa.com, www.newegg.com

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: I would like to stick to an Intel Processor and Nvidia graphics, have a large, but quality monitor (23-25 inches, maybe HDMI connection?). Also would like a full tower case. Been looking at the Nvidia 270-280 cards lately.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 or higher

Additional Comments: I want the PC to look as good as it runs and I want it to run damn good. I've heard good things about liquid cooling, SLI and SSDs for the OS. Just trying to find the perfect build for a PC in that price range to more than fill my needs.

Sincerely, Lost in Computer Part Land
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  4. i feeling a bit lazy at the moment, so im going to link you to another thread, specifically JackNaylor's post in that thread.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/315351-31-gaming-computer-need-help
    JackNaylor knows alot about high end builds, and though I think the guru3d stats he links are slightly misleading, the build itself is a great place to start. I think the mobo he selected is unnecessarily expensive, but again, its a place to start. people tend to inject their personal preferences on these builds, so ill allow you to assemble a list of parts you like before i give you any further advice.
  5. Toms recently built a gaming machine for $1,000 and a couple more for $2,000. You can see what they used, and read the stories to see what they might have changed for the next time.

    It sounds like you want some esoteric parts just for the sake of being esoteric, and that's perfectly OK. You could take Tom's $1,000 build and upgrade it where you prefer to have better parts.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/toms-hardware-supercombo,2973.html
  6. A case is certainly a personal choice I'm partial to the Cosmos S

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119150

    There's also the HAF cases, Corsair cases, NZXT Phantom, Lian Li ... it depends on you.
  7. I wouldn't bother with water cooling at that price level, but it is all up to your preference. If you do watercool you should probably OC though cause otherwise it would be a huge waste of money. Get at least a 400 series card if not a a 500 sereis card with SLI. I would recommend the i5-2500K and SLI GTX 570s choose your own case because everybody likes different cases.
  8. http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Advanced-Tower-SuperSpeed/dp/B001EPUQAE/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1310448311&sr=1-3 $139.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced Full Tower Case with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 - (RC-932-KKN5-GP)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207016 $129.99 - $114.99 after mail-in rebate
    XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus Silver 750 Watt Power Supply

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00518M74I/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER $164.95 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Gigabyte Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2133 LGA 1155 Motherboards GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.662469 $549.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $529.98 FREE SHIPPING
    Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
    MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPH0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER $29.51 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565 $249.99 (Before $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card) FREE SHIPPING
    MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC 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=N82E16822152185 $54.99 FREE SHIPPING $5 off w/ promo code EMCKCKB22, ends 7/14
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416 $67.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289 $18.99 FREE SHIPPING
    LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148348 $231.85 FREE SHIPPING
    Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    Total: $1,638.22 *not including shipping, and mail in rebates


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236117 $189.99 - $179.99 after mail-in rebate card
    ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1
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