New gaming rig, $2000 budget

Approximate Purchase Date: ill be ordering parts every week

Budget Range: $2000 max ($2200 maybe)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfin the net

Parts Not Required: Keyboard/mouse, speakers, monitor(if a monitor can fit in the budget then suggest one, my current one getting old.) OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Tigerdirect

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: CPU: Intel, the rest doesnt really matter, as long as its a reliable company, SSD for OS

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future, start with 1 card and have the option for a 2nd later.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I will be water cooling the cpu.

any suggestions will be great, thanks
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  1. If you go with AMD, you can save quite a bit of money. I have a lot of experience with both and the price/perfromance between the two is not worth it in my opinion. I currently have a AMD 955 BE and can run everything without any problems.
  2. xerxces said:
    If you go with AMD, you can save quite a bit of money. I have a lot of experience with both and the price/perfromance between the two is not worth it in my opinion. I currently have a AMD 955 BE and can run everything without any problems.


    Im all for making the switch to AMD. I have been using Intel for as long as i can remember.

    Right now im looking at this for my CPU/Mobp:
    Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128494

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

    Total Price: $379.98
  3. xerxces said:
    If you go with AMD, you can save quite a bit of money. I have a lot of experience with both and the price/perfromance between the two is not worth it in my opinion. I currently have a AMD 955 BE and can run everything without any problems.

    the 955be is a very weak cpu compared to the i5 2500k.
  4. wahjahka said:
    Ill look into it, but i can tell you right now, that im not interested in 3 monitors lol

    3 monitors will give you an edge gaming. it does not just enlarge the picture, you will actually be able to see more than people with a single monitor.
  5. xerxces said:
    If you go with AMD, you can save quite a bit of money. I have a lot of experience with both and the price/perfromance between the two is not worth it in my opinion. I currently have a AMD 955 BE and can run everything without any problems.



    I have a Q6600 Quad core @ 3.6Ghz which can run everything with no problems, sure, but when I upgraded to the 2500k, it just decimated the Q6600. And the 2500k is at its stock speed!

    The price is negligible when it comes to the performance you will get with the 2500k over an AMD cpu's "savings"
  6. Any suggestions??
  7. 2500k Cpu + hyper 212 plus cpu cooler
    Any good quality Z68 mobo that is crossfire capable
    Any good quality 8gb ddr3 1600 low cas ram
    Any good quality 120gb SATA III SSD
    Any good quality 6970 2gb with great stock cooling / low noise
  8. http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Graphite-Mid-Tower-Computer-CC600TM/dp/B004X63JWS/ref=sr_1_5?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1315528543&sr=1-5 $159.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower Gaming Computer Case with Mesh Side Panel CC600TM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703028 $149.99 - $129.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING 10% off with promo code PCPowerSep1, ends 9/15
    PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157269 $279.99
    ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072 $219.99 FREE SHIPPING
    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

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181015 $74.99 FREE SHIPPING
    CORSAIR CWCH60 Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186 $52.99 FREE SHIPPING
    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.696136 $72.48
    Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM
    Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226236 $194.99
    Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121429 $499.99 - $469.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
    ASUS ENGTX580 DCII/2DIS/1536MD5 GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    Total: $1,705.40 *not including shipping and rebates

    ***Here's some 120HZ LED 3D capable gaming monitors worth looking at

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001475 $469.99
    SAMSUNG S23A750D Black 23" 2ms Full HD 3D LED BackLight LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 DCR 1,000,000:1 (1,000:1)

    or...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824014241 $369.99
    BenQ XL2410T Black 23.6" 2ms GTG HDMI Widescreen LED Backlighting LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 10,000,000:1 (1,000:1)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139007 <---- A better look at that Corsair case


    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extreme7%20Gen3 <----- A better look at that Asrock board

    http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4272/asrock_z68_extreme7_gen3_intel_z68_motherboard_review/index1.html <----- Review of that board

    http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/ <----- PCI-E 3.0 supported by Ivy Bridge

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-stutter-crossfire,2995.html <----- Review done on toms a few weeks ago showing that board with the NF200 Bridge (x16 & x16) help to reduce micro stutter in regards to dual cards.
  9. Processor : i5 2500K - $220
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    HSF : CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ - $30
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    MoBo : ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $125
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271&Tpk=ASRock%20Gen3%20Extreme3

    RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $55
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

    Hard Disk : Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200rpm - $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&Tpk=Spinpoint%20F3%201TB

    SSD : Crucial M4 128GB SATA 3 - $193
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

    Graphics : GIGABYTE GV-R697OC-2GD Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $360
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125371

    Case : COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case - $140
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

    PSU : SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W Modular - $160
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151087&Tpk=Seasonic%20750W

    DVD : Lite On 24x DVD Burner : $21
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106334

    Total : $1363 after rebates

    Monitor (fits your budget) :

    LG E2360V-PN 23" Full HD LED BackLight LCD Monitor Slim Design - $200
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824005196
  10. madchemist83 said:

    why is that psu a poor choice?- http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story5&reid=157 and that is the MKII so it is quieter from the MKI
    and the psu you listed- http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story5&reid=193 oh so close but an 8 in performance...
  11. did I say cooler master .. my bad I meant to link corsair
    i'll read review later on but I've heard that they don't keep their word on the warranty
  12. madchemist83 said:
    did I say cooler master .. my bad I meant to link corsair
    i'll read review later on but I've heard that they don't keep their word on the warranty

    heard...
  13. 1. Perceive with the ear the sound made by (someone or something).
    2. Be told or informed of.

    yeah stuff like
    "Your PSU was released in 2008 so it doesn't matter that you bought it in 2010. Your warranty starts in 2008"
    Anyways some reviews don't really prove that PSU is reliable ... like some of hardwareheaven or johnnyguru. They just test pass or fail .. and then it will die in couple of weeks. But I guess it can happen to any PSU
  14. madchemist83 said:
    1. Perceive with the ear the sound made by (someone or something).
    2. Be told or informed of.

    yeah stuff like
    "Your PSU was released in 2008 so it doesn't matter that you bought it in 2010. Your warranty starts in 2008"
    Anyways some reviews don't really prove that PSU is reliable ... like some of hardwareheaven or johnnyguru. They just test pass or fail .. and then it will die in couple of weeks. But I guess it can happen to any PSU

    they stress test every psu. they go to 100% load. we dont do that. so if it will fail it will fail in their test because we go easy on the psu.
    btw i never asked what heard is. a 7yr warranty is a 7 yr warranty if they dont give it to you it is because you did not fill in the forms and send them in. if it is true that they dont honor their warranty you sue them. but it is hard to believe they wouldn't honor it.
  15. yeah 100% load for 10-15 min.
    People trying to push their PSu to the limit gaming for hours a day
  16. no they dont it is impossible for me to max out my tx650 with my single gtx 560 ti. and most people get extra watts just in case. i dont know many people who use a tx 650 to run gtx 570 sli.....
  17. u right no one but there r some who will run PSU at 90% capacity
    if u don't know those ppl it doesn't mean they don't exist :D
  18. madchemist83 said:
    u right no one but there r some who will run PSU at 90% capacity
    if u don't know those ppl it doesn't mean they don't exist :D


    Regardless, it doesn't mean they're smart.
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