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$2000 Gaming Rig

I know there are a few other threads like this but I think what I am looking for is a little different. Mainly, I really don't like multimonitor setups at all. I currently have a somewhat aging 1900 x 1200 monitor that I plan on replacing later this year with a 30 inch 2560 x 1600. I would like to go ahead and build my gaming rig now and just use it with my old monitor until I get the new one.

So what are your suggestions for a $2000 build that would get the best possible performance in games on a single 30 inch 2560 x 1600 monitor? I only care about gaming performance since I use my work laptop for any other applications.

I already have a monitor, mouse, keyboard, and OS (windows 7) so no need to include those.

Thanks for any help and wisdom.

Edit: Here is the breakdown:

I just noticed the guidelines post so here is an easier to read breakdown of what I am looking for:

Approximate Purchase Date: sooner the better

Budget Range: $2000 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: N/A

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Nothing in particular (you all know better than I do)

Overclocking: Probably

SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Monitor Resolution: 1 2560 x 1600

Additional Comments: N/A
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  1. I forgot one thing. I do care a little about having a nice case. :D
  2. This build is set up to add another one of those cards later on for SLI. That Gigabyte board down below is a 16 phase board. :)

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  3. Best answer
    Here's my recommendation :

    CPU & Power Supply: $325- i5 2500K & ThermalTake Black Widow 850 (80plus bronze certified, modular, has 10% off with promo )

    Motherboard & RAM: $225-Gigabyte GA Z68X UD4 & Gskill RipjawX (2X 4GB)

    Case & HDD: $205- Corsair Graphite 600T & Samsung Spinpoint 1TB

    SSD: $200- OCZ Agility 3 120GB

    BluRay Burner: $80- LG

    Cooler: $52- Xigmatek Dark Knight(Will give you the headroom to overclock the CPU to 4.5 GHz)

    Graphic Card: $700(2X $350) -Sapphire Radeon 6970(Crossfire Performance)
    or
    $650(2X $325)- EVGA GTX 570(SLI Performance

    Total (Excluding Rebates): 1808 USD

    Rebates: 60 USD
  4. z_4 said:
    Here's my recommendation :

    CPU & Power Supply: $325- i5 2500K & ThermalTake Black Widow 850 (80plus bronze certified, modular, has 10% off with promo )

    Motherboard & RAM: $225-Gigabyte GA Z68X UD4 & Gskill RipjawX (2X 4GB)

    Case & HDD: $205- Corsair Graphite 600T & Samsung Spinpoint 1TB

    SSD: $200- OCZ Agility 3 120GB

    BluRay Burner: $80- LG

    Cooler: $52- Xigmatek Dark Knight(Will give you the headroom to overclock the CPU to 4.5 GHz)

    Graphic Card: $700(2X $350) -Sapphire Radeon 6970(Crossfire Performance)
    or
    $650(2X $325)- EVGA GTX 570(SLI Performance

    Total (Excluding Rebates): 1808 USD

    Rebates: 60 USD

    I know that Thermaltake psu is manufactured by HEC, but I was wondering if there's been any reviews done on that psu? HEC wasn't always known for their quality psu's in the past.
  5. Why_Me said:
    I know that Thermaltake psu is manufactured by HEC, but I was wondering if there's been any reviews done on that psu? HEC wasn't always known for their quality psu's in the past.


    I realize it now. I was looking for modular one and found it had decent specs . so went after it along with the combo .

    Correcting it here are two of them at the same price:

    Antec CP850 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371024

    Xclio 850: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371024

    $150 - Silverstone 850 Watts 80plus Silver
  6. z_4 said:
    I realize it now. I was looking for modular one and found it had decent specs . so went after it along with the combo .

    Correcting it here are two of them at the same price:

    Antec CP850 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371024

    Xclio 850: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371024

    $150 - Silverstone 850 Watts 80plus Silver

    That Antec is a good one, but it's made exclusivly for four different Antec cases...it's not an ATX psu, but a "CP" psu made to fit the Antec 1200, DF-85...and I think the P183.

    The Silverstone is decent, but that Xclio is junk.

    Your best bets for psu's are..and in no certain order : Seasonic, XFX, upper tier Corsair, Antec, Enermax, Silverstone, PC Power & Cooling.

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  7. Small Correction to my original build :

    CPU & PSU : $364- i5-2500K & Corsair Professional Series HX850 80plus silver certified modular(Will push up the budget by $40)
  8. Best answer selected by Dovienya0.
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