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October 1, 2011 1:34:05 AM

I'm looking to build a gaming system for under $2000. Some games I hope to play on highest settings are: The Witcher 2, BF 3, Skyrim and SW: Old republic. Thanks!

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October 1, 2011 1:37:51 AM

What don't you need? OS, monitor, keyboard, mouse headset ect...

Where are you buying from and do you plan on overclocking?
October 1, 2011 1:40:45 AM

Right on. I'm sure a lot of people on this forum would love to help you out, but I gotta say that it is a little bit easier for everybody if you go ahead and fill out the suggested/recommended form stickied at the top of the "New Build" forum... Link here.

Information about what brand of CPU you are interested in, what type of graphics card etc. When you will be purchasing the machine, and whether you are willing to go SLI or not... And of course, what parts you have/need and those you don't. Thanks.
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October 1, 2011 2:31:12 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: No rush, probably prior dec

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) $1000-2000 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'm pretty open to any suggestions. I've never really owned a good gaming rig, so this is all new stuff to me. I was taking a look at Nvidia's gtx 590 GPU and intel's 2nd generation xtreme edition processors. I'm really just looking for the best bang for the buck. Cheers!

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October 1, 2011 8:52:15 AM

Corsair Carbide Series 400R: $99.99 ($94.99 after rebate)
A new case from Corsair that has improved their excellent Obsidian and Graphite designs.

3 x Thermalright TY-140 (2 top, 1 bottom): $14.99 each ($44.97)
PWM for quiet cooling.

Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750: $104.99 ($89.99 after rebate)
An efficient power supply that will more than handle 2 GTX 570s.

ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen3: $154.99
This board has PCIe 3.0 for when you upgrade to Ivy Bridge and supports the case's front USB.

Intel Core i5-2500K: $219.99
The best processor for a gamer.

Thermalright Silver Arrow: $82.99
Along with the NH-D14, the most effective air cooler ever; but looks good.

Akasa Flexa FP5: $9.99
To power all five TY-140s from one molex cable and connect them to the 4-pin CPU fan header on the motherboard.

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 1600MHz C8-8-8-24: $55.99
Fast, low latency RAM with tight timings.

MSI GeForce GTX 570: $319.99 ($269.99 after rebate)
Very powerful, the best single GPU card for your resolution behind the GTX 580, which is not cost-effective. I chose a rear-exhaust cooler so you can add a second in SLI without a big impact on temperature. Best bang for the buck.

Patriot Wildfire 120GB: $254.99 ($214.99 after rebate)
The fastest SSD of its capacity.

Samsung SpintPoint F3: $59.99
A relatively fast HDD.

Total: $1298.87 after rebates

Feel free to add a second SSD in RAID or a second GTX 570 in SLI. Or both, it still comes in under budget.
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January 28, 2012 5:10:55 PM

Best answer selected by mousemonkey.
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January 28, 2012 5:10:58 PM

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