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System build $1,000 - $2,000 - Advice Needed

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September 13, 2011 12:12:11 AM

Hey everyone, building a new desktop and figured the experts here can give me the best true first hand experience and advice I need.

Run down is I currently have a MacBook Pro, I am not looking to replace it since frankly I do love Mac for everything, except well...gaming! This computer will primarily have one purpose...gaming...but as my MacBook Pro becomes outdated I may move back to Windows 7 (or 8) permanently...since I graduated college, a laptop isn't an essential thing anymore...

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime between November and December

Budget Range: $0 - $2,000 (preference to stay in the $1,000 range, but I know that up front costs can save big down the road).

System Usage from Most to Least Important: GAMING!, Massive Excel Calculations...

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor, I have the following RAM, unless there is better out there I will use this.
G.SKILL Sniper Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBSR1

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Where ever the best deals are.

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: These are pieces I have been looking at but not set on...
Full Size Tower Preferred: Thermaltake Level 10 GT

I would like the case to be able to accept water cooling down...something like this...
XSPC Rasa 750 RX360

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz

MB I was thinking...
ASRock P67 Extreme6

Overclocking: Testing the waters here, definitely get into it down the road...

SLI or Crossfire: 99% chance...

Monitor Resolution: Not sure...1920x1080...maybe higher.

Additional Comments: I really need help on selecting a MB, PSU, GPU, Cooling options and any amendments to the above...What I am aiming for is a system that I can really grow with for a few years...I plan on over clocking...most likely go to water-cooling...if only to check it least 2 video cards down the I need a power supply that can handle all of it...I would like a motherboard on the higher end that I can tweak and really play with the settings to check it out. As I understand it the money should go into the Chassis>MB>CPU>GPU...or something of that nature...for now though I want the system to have no issue with BF3 or Skyrim etc.

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September 13, 2011 2:47:27 AM

the best case you can buy for water cooling is the corsair 800d

i5 2500k- 220$

asrock z68 extreme3 gen3- 125$

PC Power and Cooling 950w psu- 135$ after promo code this will handle 2 580's

PNY GTX 580- 460$ or something like this- or a gtx 590 which is 2 580's-

Corsair 800d- 274$

that ram is fine

hope this helped.

September 13, 2011 2:52:35 AM

Definitely! I like the Corsair 800D case, definitely looks good.

I have seen the Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen3 all over these forums, is this the best bang for the buck, or is there a higher end board worth taking over this one? I am willing to spend more on the board hands down, I have had negative upgrading experiences in the passed with them handling what I want.

Thank you for the PSU and GPU suggestions!
September 13, 2011 3:11:55 AM

Thanks mate! That is step 2 once I get all the components figured out. I appreciate the assistance.
September 13, 2011 3:17:24 AM

you got it. and if you decide to go with the gtx 590 (i really dont recommend it) to sli you need something like the corsair ax1200.
what are you thinking of display (monitor) wise?