Help deciding $2000 vs $3000 future proof gaming build

Approximate Purchase Date: Next month

Budget Range: $2000 to $3000 (Includes mouse, keyboard, monitor, speakers and tax) before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, watching movies, browsing, maybe some photoshops

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,

Country of Origin: USA

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: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I want a PC that could last for a very long time, preferably even after 5 - 6 years I could play new games on medium or even high setting. I prefer having a higher series GPU compared to 2 lower series GPU so I could add more in the future ^^

Hi guys, so I'm building my first PC and I want to know whether having a $3000 build is worth it vs having a $2000. If I do buy the $3000, I want it to last for at least 2 more years compared to the $2000 build.

So, here are the components I selected:

For both builds:

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9

OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor W/Speakers

Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Certified Computer Speaker System (Black)

RAZER Black USB Wired BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

RAZER Black 7 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Optical/Laser 6400 dpi Mamba 2012 Elite Ergonomic Wireless Gaming Mouse

$2000 build:

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

ASUS P7P55D-E LX LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

CORSAIR Gaming Series GS700 700W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

CORSAIR CWCH60 Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

$3000 build:
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x 230mm front RED LED fan, 1x 140mm rear fan, 1x 230mm top fan, and 1x 230mm side fan

or possibly the CM Cosmos S2 when it comes out

MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Seagate Barracuda XT ST32000641AS 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX1200 (CMPSU-1200AX) 1200W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

I also need you advice if I could build anything better with my budget, as I am pretty new to computer stuff and I want to learn more from you guys. So if you guys want to recommend different parts for the builds, please do so and if you could explain why that would be very helpful for me :). Sorry for the kind of long post and thank you guys for spending your time reading and wanting to help me on my first build.

Forgot about the cooling
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  1. Just a quick thought, you'd be a lot better off spending 1500 now and then another 1500 in 5 years to build a new PC. Hardware advances so quickly there's just no point in sinking vast amounts of money in to a PC that will be spanked by something new in a few years, that costs a lot less.
  2. "futureproof" heh. taylor is right. 1500 now and 1500 later is always better than 3000 now. imo.

    unlocked and overclocked 6950 crossfire is a beautiful solution for power at a reasonable price. so is the 2500k or 2600k. id also suggest a vertex 3 over a vertex 2 for a 2500k setup
  3. Thanks for the thoughts guys! I see the point with building a $1500 rig, but please keep giving comments and suggestions about the parts because I wanna make sure I won't regret my decision later on :D

    EDIT: Quick question, will the $1500 ($2000 with screens and stuff) last me for at least 2 years to 3 years for playing games at high?
  4. No such thing as futureproof. You'd be better off spending 1500 now and saving the rest for a future build in 3 years.
  5. Well thanks guys, I've decided to buy everything at $2000 and I'm happy with it
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