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$1000-2000 Gaming PC

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My name is Nathan, and this is my first post and question set here, I hope ya'll can help. I am planning to build a new gaming desktop to replace my laptop as my main gaming computer. Games I am anticipating are Elderscrolls 5: Skyrim, Battlefield 3, and Diablo 3 (if the graphics style of the games has a major impact on how a PC should be built), and it will be used alot for streaming movies and videos from Netflix and youtube as well .

I read through the Homebuilt PC Buying Guide by jbakerlent on the website here ( http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/288311-31-homebuilt-buying-guide ). It seems to be a year old, but I'll still use it as a reference for myself as I continue on here.

Based on the BestConfig threads in the New Builds forum I am looking at around 1-2000 dollars, but my budget for the project is more flexible than that.

I don't know if this is a bad idea, but I was thinking about spending less on the processor (based on jbakerlent's charts, so to avoid extra cost on features not needed by running intense game visuals) and instead focus most of the investment into a high end graphics card or crossfire set up. I haven't kept up on my computer stuff for several years though and my logic here is probably very flawed. Any input from the community to correct my thinking if so would be great.

Based on jbakerlent's buying guide, I was mostly considering these. I figure they are out of date now though and I'll be getting different hardware, but as an example I'll use them because I find the BestConfig threads more confusing. The jbakerlent's post has lots of definitions and explanations to help me understand whats what :)

Processor-
AMD Athlon II X3 445 (though I don't have a personal preference for AMD vs. Intel yet though)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103872&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1n6514hdj49bd

Mobo-
Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128435&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1umetmp57w034

GPU-
I got stuck when looking at Graphics cards. I'm not a graphics/visual craver exactly, mostly because my current and previous computers were quite limited. I usually use high resolution and lower game graphic settings to try and smooth jaggies and keep higher frame rate, and I like having a far view distance (I dislike object/world pop-in), and very low to no shadows. Like I said though, mostly because of my system, but I probly would use and like high to max settings if I had the option.

Monitor-
I have an Acer 20" 1680x1050 LCD stored from my last desktop I will probably use for this again. The box says it has DVI connections as well as the older blue monitor cable (seriel?), so a GPU that would support one of those naturally or with a converter cable would be prefered, though I could get a new monitor if needed.

I have been thinking about this project a long time, but have been too afraid of hitting hardware compatibility issues to go through with it. Any help and pointers from the community will be amazing.


Thank you every one!

-Nathan-
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  1. hey nathen, welcome to tom's
    with 1000-2000, you can make a beast machine you have ever imagined.
    athlon ii x3 is only recommended when person has 400$ budget but you got pretty high,
    so here are some recommendation based on your resolution and needs.

    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 220$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard 160$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157229

    EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card 250$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604

    Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply 95$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049

    COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case190$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 65$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

    ASUS 24X 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 DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
    21$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    60$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    OCZ Vertex 3 Series – MAX IOPS Edition VTX3MI-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    275$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227714
    total:1335$
  2. 1-2k is not very specific how much do you really want to spend? and manu is right about the athlon
  3. mjmjpfaff said:
    1-2k is not very specific how much do you really want to spend? and manu is right about the athlon



    Um.. maybe 1,200 with a single GPU that can be upgraded to a crossfire (two cards, right?) later for 1,600 or less. Maybe with that the OS and other software costs will fit under the 2,000 total? I'm ganna need to get a new OS/license, blah :(

    And will do on the CPU. Is there any really big performance or purpose difference between AMD Phenom II x4 and Intel i5? These all came out after I stopped keeping up on computer stuff.
  4. Fantastic stuff manu, many thanks!

    I don't know what Ready SLI support means. Could you fill me in?

    And for the hard drives, what is the advantage of combining a solid state and disk drive? I haven't seen them combined before (just got back into hardware searching after 3-4 years).
  5. Rosewill blackhawk & i5 2500k- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.683496 300$

    Gigabyte z68 UD4 & GSKILL 8gb 1600mhz- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.689144 190$

    OCZ zx 850w psu & lite on dvd burner- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.693450 170$

    Vertex 3 120gb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706 250$

    Samsung spinpoint f3 1tb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185 60$

    Corsair h60- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181015 70$

    aftermarket fan for the h60- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185144 13$

    MSI 6970- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127554 340$

    Total=1393$ before rebates and shipping
    there is over 100$ in rebates.
    sli is taking 2 of the same gpu's putting an sli bridge on them and that adds 80% more performance. crossfire is amd's sli.

    you dont combine an ssd and hdd you let the ssd run on it own as a boot up drive and you also put your most used applications/games on it.

    you can crossfire the 6970's later or right now.

    os- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986 95$

    are you sure ur screen isnt 22"- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236096 130$ get another one of these for a duel screen setup. maybe later you can get a tri screen setup

    do you have a headset/speakers, mouse and keyboard?
  6. or is your screen resolution 1600x900?- http://www.whatismyscreenresolution.com/
  7. ready sli means you can put 2 560ti's in your motherboard to maximize your performance. infact the 560ti in sli scale very high.you have a pretty low resolution, you can max out any game with that card

    and for your second question, no they do not run combined, just you can use an ssd to speed up your windows boot time. but for real storage, a harddrive is required, samsung spinpoint f3 is perfect for it.
  8. I bought a corsair graphite 600t and I love it. I bought the white edition because its very stylish. But the black is 20 bucks cheaper. You can change out the top 200mm fan and replace with 2 120mm fans, it has a fan speed control, and the hard drive bays can be configured in multiple ways...you can take out the top stack and place it next to the bottom stack or leave it out completely. Also the cable routing options are very nice, the side panels come off very easily...they use 2 clips at the top of each and you can also lock the case to make it so nobody can open it.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139007

    Its very spacious for a mid tower. It also comes with a mesh screen, which can hold 4 120mm fans, to replace the plastic window.

    Definitely get a water cooler. I personally bought the corsair H60. Recently ran Intel Burn Test on maximum with 5 cycles and the max temps
    I got were 53c 61c 57c 61c with an i7-2600k. It's very easy to install, comes with pre-applied paste and no maintenance. The biggest thing you need to worry about is making it fit in your case if you decide to use 2 fans for a push/pull setup...fits very easily into my case

    Check this out to decide on a video card. The cards are listed most powerful first and descending, you can also sort by power to performance ratio.

    http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html#value

    I personally went with the 6870 because I too will set my graphics settings lower to achieve a higher frame rate. But I also plan on crossfire setup before the end of the year, and this was cheaper and relatively close performance. I play crysis 2 on very high and starcraft 2 on ultra with my card clocked to 950/1300 and see temps around 70c and don't really notice dips in frame rate.
  9. Oh and DEFINITELY get a SSD.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-ssd-price-per-gb-ssd-performance,2942-5.html

    I didn't see the need for more than 120gb. Windows 7 takes 20Gb to install plus any games and program files for programs. Get a cheaper larger HDD for your storage device

    1.5TB for 60 bucks
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152287
  10. manu 11 said:
    hey nathen, welcome to tom's
    with 1000-2000, you can make a beast machine you have ever imagined.
    athlon ii x3 is only recommended when person has 400$ budget but you got pretty high,
    so here are some recommendation based on your resolution and needs.

    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 220$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard 160$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157229

    EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card 250$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604

    Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply 95$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049

    COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case190$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 65$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

    ASUS 24X 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 DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
    21$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    60$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    OCZ Vertex 3 Series – MAX IOPS Edition VTX3MI-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    275$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227714
    total:1335$


    This build sounds really good. I would simply replace that motherboard with an ASUS P8P67 Pro, but that's just personal preference and not a performance issue! :)
  11. PRICE compared to PERFORMANCE RATIO

    http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html

    sorry, couldn't edit my typo
  12. mjmjpfaff said:
    Rosewill blackhawk & i5 2500k- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.683496 300$

    Gigabyte z68 UD4 & GSKILL 8gb 1600mhz- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.689144 190$

    OCZ zx 850w psu & lite on dvd burner- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.693450 170$

    Vertex 3 120gb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706 250$

    Samsung spinpoint f3 1tb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185 60$

    Corsair h60- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181015 70$

    aftermarket fan for the h60- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185144 13$

    MSI 6970- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127554 340$

    Total=1393$ before rebates and shipping
    there is over 100$ in rebates.
    sli is taking 2 of the same gpu's putting an sli bridge on them and that adds 80% more performance. crossfire is amd's sli.

    you dont combine an ssd and hdd you let the ssd run on it own as a boot up drive and you also put your most used applications/games on it.

    you can crossfire the 6970's later or right now.

    os- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986 95$

    are you sure ur screen isnt 22"- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236096 130$ get another one of these for a duel screen setup. maybe later you can get a tri screen setup

    do you have a headset/speakers, mouse and keyboard?



    The monitor's box says its a 20" wide screen, 1680x1050, its a few years old. For duel screen it wouldn't split a game's display in two would it? I don't know if I will have room for it a duel display set up though. Something to look into after we move to our new apartment.

    I have a Dynex mouse at the moment; http://www.amazon.com/Dynex-DX-WMSE-Optical-Mouse/dp/B000VL0NY6 . I really like it, but the grip material on the sides is coming unglued :( I have a couple keyboards and other mice stashed in closets from our last two desktops, as well as a set of speakers already.

    I do not have a head set though, and I have been thinking to get one. We will be moving and my brother's xbox will be in the same room as my computer now. Any recommendations on a headset?

    I read in another post (sorry I couldn't find it again for reference) that the brand of PSU is very important as to its durability/quality. Is the OCZ zx 850w psu http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.693450&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1qkg7yoj5eloo made by a good company? The only brands I remember from the post I mentioned are Corsair and Antec, but there were a bunch more.


    For this below I pulled stuff from your build and Manu's. Grabbed manu's PSU and DVD drive because they were cheaper than the OCZ 850W and I was thinking the 750W would have less unused power (don't know if that is correct, and I don't know if the Antec 750W will give enough power for the GPU set ups in the next sentence). I used the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti instead of the MSI 6970 because its $90 cheaper each, cheaper to SLI right away. Would it be best to get one GTX560, two, or one MSI 6970 with a possible crossfire update down the road? And which would scale better if I upgraded to a higher resolution monitor than 1680x1050 I have now?
    *Also, I don't know if these hardwares are compatible with each other :(

    Rosewill blackhawk & i5 2500k $300
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.683496&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1ccdf5707cbt9

    Gigabyte z68 UD4 & GSKILL 8gb 1600mhz $190
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.689144&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1sos8csek01rs

    x2 SLI -- EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card 250$ (x2 $500)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=14s5uhl170gxv

    Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply 95$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=14wjtwb189adw

    Asus 24X 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 DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM 21$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=ttaa07uuttss

    Vertex 3 120GB $250
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=cslplu2qvajw

    Samsung spinpoint f3 1TB $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=cslplu2qvajw

    Corsair h60 liquid cooling $70
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181015&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=jguykzgi7xfp

    h60 aftermarket fan $13
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185144&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=v57tbzdnldro

    Total from Above -- $1249 single GPU, $1499 SLI GTX 560 Ti's

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM $95
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1089rmehmjd0m
    Is this Windows 7 the whole OS, just a Vista upgrade, or a service pack?! I asked what its price was at BestBuy when I was browsing Desktops there and they said it was $200+ 0.0
  13. add this promo code at purchase an win7 is only 80$- EMCKCHB36
  14. mjmjpfaff said:
    add this promo code at purchase an win7 is only 80$- EMCKCHB36

    Cool, thank you very much!
  15. Thanks so much for your help every one! This is the build I've come up with. Work for a couple hours comparing all your recommendations and other stuff on Newegg, and trying to make sure I picked everything that will be compatible with each other. Can some one double check my work please? I'm mostly concerned about the power supply and graphics cards; the graphics card details say a "+12volt current rating of 30 amps", and I couldn't find that in the PSU details.

    Processor- 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
    $220 (heatsink and fan included) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    Mobo/Memory bundle- GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard/G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin
    $190 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.689144&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1sbobrnpeoyy8

    GPU- EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    $250 (x2 for SLI, $500) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1bo19vfgvz2q4

    HDD- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    $60 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1b9b401u38dg

    SSD- OCZ Vertex 3 Series – MAX IOPS Edition VTX3MI-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    $290 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227714&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1b3ypyl23jhj4

    PSU- Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC PSU
    $95 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1hpv1bol0vucy

    Optical Drive- ASUS 24X 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 DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
    $21 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    Case- Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dock
    $100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147107&Tpk=rosewill%20blackhawk

    Total: $1476

    I am still searching for a gaming head set though, does any one have any recommendations for one?
  16. same price clocked higher better cooling- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565

    the max iops is gimmicky the regular vertex 3 is plenty fast.

    here is a good gaming headset- http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CA-HS1ANA-Gaming-Analog-Headset/dp/B004IZN3NY/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1312246060&sr=1-2
  17. Thank you very much mjmj! I'm ganna try and order the parts tomorrow and see if I can have it built by the weekend :)

    Last questions: How do I close this thread when it's complete? Guess I should switch to the Homebuilt forum now?
  18. you select a best answer that is the fastest way
  19. mjmjpfaff said:
    you select a best answer that is the fastest way


    I was going to order the parts today, and the Mobo/Ram combo was done. I am having trouble picking a new mobo to go with the PSU (I dont know if the power connectors will fit)

    I looked at a lot that probly would work, but I couldnt tell. These are the closes things that I could figure to replace the combo. Matches CPU's 1155, and Ram 1600, 240 pin matches the MSI mobo.

    ram-
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM $80
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445&cm_re=g_skill-_-20-231-445-_-Product&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=u1pa74rb7x0p

    mobo-
    MSI Z68A-G43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $125
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130614

    If you get a chance could you please make sure I picked things that will work together?

    Thanks so much
  20. specific high performance gaming memory
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231461

    z68 mobo are for video encoding and ssd caching. toms p67 recommended buy
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157229

    gaming psu silver certified, xfire sli ready
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010
  21. Best answer
    first off get this shell shocker today- http://www.newegg.com/Special/ShellShocker.aspx?cm_sp=ShellShocker-_-20-231-428-_-08022011_1

    you dont need a z68 a p67 will be fine for you- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128512 this motherboard will be fine
    there is also this motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157229 there is also an all black version of this motherboard that looks pretty cool but you have to pay 9$ more because of shipping
  22. Alrighty, got everything ordered. Thanks again for all your help, mjmj.
  23. Best answer selected by schlagnath.
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