New gaming rig for $2000 - $2500

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  1. What games will you play and what's your monitor's resolution?
  2. Thanks for the fast reply.

    I want to play bf3, metro, and other benchmarks and I play on 1920 x 1080 resolution. Also i forgot to mention, this is my first time building a computer and this website.
  3. SumYungGuy said:

    Up the SSD memory (32 GB is just too small, I'd go minimum 120 GB for such a high end machine). Decrease the RAM by half, gaming just doesn't need that much.
  4. SumYungGuy said:
    Thanks for the fast reply.

    I want to play bf3, metro, and other benchmarks and I play on 1920 x 1080 resolution. Also i forgot to mention, this is my first time building a computer and this website.

    Generally good choices then...I would go for GTX 570 SLI with a better 850W PSU...

    EVGA 012-P3-1571-AR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
  5. ok, so

    New SSD

    or for the RAM - I was going to give to a cousin that needs it.

    I was planning to go 580sli in the future when i have the money, thats why i have 1200w for
  6. +1 to michxymi- never buy a Coolermaster PSU they suck. Get an Msi Twin Frozr II if you are going to OC your video card- it has a better cooler.
  7. Unless your planning on encoding videos or the like drop the 2600k for a 2500k(that you wouldn't get use out of anyway) to save $100.

    Is there a reason you chose that particular motherboard? Asrock z68 extreme 4 Gen 3 is a viable alternative for near 60 dollars cheaper.

    Those EVGA video cards get hot(80-85 during games), actually almost all reference cards get hot and are noisy as hell.

    I personally have a MSI 580 Lightning. With fans at 80% I can't hear them over normal gaming, and are barely audible at 80% with normal room noise.

    Temps: ambient of 24c (75F)
    Idle: 34c
    Load(100% during BF3): 69c

    Current FPS in BF3(on ultra and everything up as high as possible in Nvidia Control Panel)
    Absolute Min: 49
    Max: 88
    Average would be somewhere in the 70's it only hits 49 when there is extreme explosions with lots of smoke and stuff going on.

    My cards overclocked to a core of 950 for daily use and gaming.

    Changes I would go with:

    Motherboard - ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 - $190 (honestly any motherboard will do but paying 250 for one these days is not worth it)
    Video Card- MSI N580GTX Lightning - $525
    CPU - i5 2500k - $219 (Go to local Microcenter for $179)
    SSD - Crucial M4 64gb - $119
    PSU - Corsair AX850 - $190

    Unless you plan on going SLI drop down to a 850. Btw, BF3 is about the most graphics intensive First person shooter that will be out until 2013.
  8. PS. IF your using your ssd to run the OS. Get larger than 60. I just bought a 60 and installed that and avg on it and it only had 12 mb left after all the updates. I didnt feel confortable with that...
  9. You probably want to add a nice cooler like this one:

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
  10. I would get this one instead of the 212.. Its the newer version..
  11. Get a SATA III ssd not a SATA II... I have this one

    and couldn't be happier, it is blazing fast.
  12. here is a very good psu that will easily run 2 580's. 1200w is kind of overkill-
  13. SATAIII definetly.
  14. Update:



    im not exactly sure about this one but i heard its pretty good and since the other one i had before sold out.


    cpu is going to be the 2600k because i do encoding and multitask a lot.
    although i am looking for a cooler that doesnt block ram slot..


    this time its a Corsair

    and thank you everyone for the suggestions
  15. oops meant

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  16. SumYungGuy said:
    oops meant

    SSD [...] 6820233191

    it is the crucial m4 128gb because the link is broken? spend a little extra and get this motherboard. it is a gen3 so it can run the next series gpu's

    i think the ax1200 is the best psu on the market but you should be fine with this psu- it was rated a 9.5 on jonny guru the ax1200 (which jonny guru thinks is the best psu on the market) got a 9.7. 1000w is plenty for 2 580's.
  17. the 510 is a little pricy. you wont see a difference in performance between the it and the crucial m4 128gb.
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