Gaming build with a 30"

Approximate Purchase Date: This week or next week.

Budget Range: $2000-$2400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, web surfing

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Don't care.

Country: United States - Atlanta

Parts Preferences: No strong preferences. Full-tower is probably out due to space concerns.

Overclocking: Maybe. I don't mind doing some tinkering, but it is not a goal.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe. Whatever is optimal for the price.

Monitor Resolution: 2560 x 1600. 30" monitor.

Additional Comments: I've been out of gaming for a few years, so I would love some help! Thank you!
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  1. The Dell 30 inch? Nice monitor .

    The smart money for a top end gamer pc

    Intel i5 2500k
    Z68 chip set mb from Asus , Asrock , Gigabyte
    2 x4 gig of 1600 MHz RAM that runs at 1.5 volts
    2 x gtx 570 graphics cards . A model with dual or triple fans
    120 gig SSD to install windows and programs on
    1 terabyte hard drive for data storage [ or whatever you need]
    850 - 1000 watt power supply . Corsair , seasonic etc
    a dvd drive , or bluray combo drive

    Cases are an individual choice and many gamer cases look like they escaped from a star wars movie remake . A few look like an adult would be proud to own them .
    At your budget Silverstone Ft 02
    but check that its not too big
  2. Good comments from outlander-04.

    If case size is an issue, you might look at what I did, using a silverstone TJ-08E

    In it I have a M-atx motherboard and a GTX580. It drives two 30" monitors with no issue.
    The case has superb airflow, and can hold almost any full size cpu cooler. I used a prolimatech megahalems.

    If you use a m-atx motherboard sli is possible, but the top card will get very hot.
    If you think you want dual GTX570, then look at a GTX590 which is a single card with dual gpu's.

    One side benefit of a single card is that you can use a smaller psu of 700w or so.
  3. woops
  4. Thanks for all the replies so far! Please keep going! Just to clarify, my absolute max was 2400, for sure not 4000. I'm really excited that it looks like I can stay under $2k. :)
  5. The one thing I need to add to my earlier suggestion :

    A cpu cooler . The coolermaster Hyper 212+ is a popular choice because of the price but there are others that work well too
  6. Oh, and yes, the monitor is a Dell 3007WFP. I found one for a good price on craigslist. :)
  7. Thank for the advice! I think I'm closing in on a build. Consider this a quick bump for any more advice before I put together a list of parts for all of you to tear apart. :)
  8. Ok! Thanks for the awesome advice! Based on advice here and some of my own research here is my current plan. Please tear it apart and tell me what I should change. :)

    CPU - Core i5 2500K (purchased from Microcenter) $179.99
    Mobo - Asus P8Z68-V PRO $194.99
    RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) $44.99
    HDD- 2x Hitachi 750 GB HDS721075KLA330 $50 total (purchased through my job)
    SSD - Crucial M4 128GB $209.99
    Videocard - 2x XFX Radeon 6950 2GB $500
    HSF - Noctua NH-D14 $79.99
    PSU - OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze $74.99
    CD - Lite-On DVD Burner $17
    Case - Cooler Master Storm Sniper $129.99

    Total cost: $1481.93

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