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Gaming build with a 30"

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November 11, 2011 3:08:48 PM

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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November 11, 2011 9:07:21 PM

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
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/SilverStone-Fort...
but check that its not too big
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November 11, 2011 10:20:38 PM

Good comments from outlander-04.

If case size is an issue, you might look at what I did, using a silverstone TJ-08E
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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.
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November 11, 2011 10:42:34 PM

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. :) 
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November 11, 2011 10:52:33 PM

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
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November 12, 2011 12:11:11 AM

Oh, and yes, the monitor is a Dell 3007WFP. I found one for a good price on craigslist. :) 
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November 13, 2011 7:22:13 PM

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. :) 
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November 14, 2011 1:41:14 PM

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
http://www.amazon.com/Asus-P8Z68-V-PRO-ASUS-Motherboard/dp/B00503EA80
RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=5328933&SID=skim17075X740592X195cf4353d020a6a4e3ff20a0f88478b
HDD- 2x Hitachi 750 GB HDS721075KLA330 $50 total (purchased through my job)
SSD - Crucial M4 128GB $209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442
Videocard - 2x XFX Radeon 6950 2GB $500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150549&Tpk=HD-695X-CDFC
HSF - Noctua NH-D14 $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018
PSU - OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze $74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341049
CD - Lite-On DVD Burner $17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289
Case - Cooler Master Storm Sniper $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119194

Total cost: $1481.93

Thoughts?
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