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The Perfect Under $2000 build?

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October 27, 2011 3:38:52 AM

The system builder marathons are great examples of how to build an awesome cost effective gaming rig. But if you look around hard enough and plan ahead, you can up the builds they do with the same restrictions. This is what I managed to put together.

Note just how important it is to look for deals, and price match if all else fails. The potential savings after factoring in taxes at this price point is mind boggling!

Mission: Build a high end 2560 X 1440 res gaming rig comparable to the Toms Hardware Sept $2000 build but with a better case, better SSD, and better motherboard for even less money. Don't care about optical. Need a monitor, gaming keyboard and headset (already have mouse and OS)

(IR) = Instant Rebate
(MIR) = Mail In Rebate

Monitor
Dell Ultrasharp U2711 2560 x 1440 ----------------- $1099.99 -> $729.99 (IR)
Keyboard and Headset
SteelSeries 7G Pro Gaming Keyboard --------------- $129.99 --> $114.99 (IR)
SteelSeries Siberia V2 USB Headset ---------------- $109.99 -> $92.99 (IR)
Tower
Silverstone RV02B-W Raven 2 --------------------- $186.58 --> $161.58 (MIR)
XFX 850W Pro XXX Edition 80 Plus Silver ----------- $132.36 -> $107.36 (MIR)
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus ---------------------- $29.99---> $24.99 (IR)
Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 1TB SATA3 32MB------ $59.99 --> $54.99 (IR)
Crucial M4 128GB SATA3 -------------------------- $209.99 -> $209.99 (N/A)
Zotac GTX 580 1536MB 772MHz(ZT-50101-10P) ---- $499.99 -> $417.99 (IR) + 5% Open box
Zotac GTX 580 1536MB 772MHz(ZT-50101-10P) ---- $499.99 -> $439.99 (IR) -> $389.99 (MIR)
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline Frostbyte 8GB 1600MHz - $49.99 -> $39.99 (MIR)
Samsung SH-222AL 22X DVD Writer Lightscribe ------ $16.99 -> $21.99 (IR)
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P -------------------------- $196.99 -> $186.99 (MIR)
Intel i7 2600K ------------------------------------- $349.98 -> $314.99 (IR)

Total Ignoring savings = $3572.81 + Tax $464.47 + Env Tax $0.25 = $4037.53
Total Overall savings -- = $703.99 + Tax $91.52 + Env Tax N/A = $795.51 + (IR) tax savings $84.39 = !!!879.90!!!

Monitor ---------------- = $729.99 + Tax $94.90 + Env Tax $0.00 = $824.90
Periferals (KB + Headset) = $207.98 + Tax $27.04 + Env Tax $0.15 = $235.17
Tower ----------------- = $1930.85 + Tax $266.61 + Env Tax $0.10 = $2197.56
Total Overall ----------- = $2868.82 + Tax $388.55 + Env Tax $0.25 = $3157.63

Mission Accomplished!!!
Only regret: If I was faster I could have gotten the M4 for $170 but it sold out almost instantly :( 
In the end, is it that different? Not really, but I can OC a bit higher at the same voltage due to a better MOBO (and maybe some luck from Intel), and I'm very happy with the case and SSD. The big thing to note is how much more I could have spent if I wasn't careful. So find those deals!!! :D 

Notes:
- Canada, Ontario, Tax is 13%
- Tax for Total Overall is calculated using taxes before MIRs are subtracted from price but after Instant Rebates are applied to get the final price that tax is calculated against

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October 27, 2011 4:15:48 AM

How is this an under 2k build when you spent 3150 on it?

The tower build isnt bad though
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October 27, 2011 12:00:14 PM

Since I was aiming to emulate the System Build Marathon done here, I excluded the monitor and extras from the total cost. But yea, I am very happy with the tower. However, like many reviews have pointed out, it can be a stretch to get the SATA cables to where you want them.
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