$2000 Gaming Desktop - First Build

Approximate Purchase Date: Likely within the next week or two, perhaps on Black Friday if the sales are particularly enticing

Budget Range: Around $2000

System Usage: Primarily gaming

Parts Not Required: OS, speakers (I'll purchase at a future date but would love to hear some recommendations)

Preferred Website: TigerDirect, I live in NJ so I want to avoid Newegg's sales tax. Alternatively, Amazon works fine as well but I'd rather order all of my components from a single vendor

Country: USA

Overclocking: Yes

SLI: Possibly in the future, would like to leave myself open to the option

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Here's what I have so far

http://www.tigerdirect.com/sectors/wishlist/wishlist.asp?WishId=EBBEE1D0-2C8E-4084-A7F5-6F3835DF7654&Desc=PC%20Config

Since this is my first build, I'm rather inexperienced to the whole matter and would like to know if there are any issues such as incompatibilities or inefficiencies in component selection. Thanks!
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  1. Everything looks good, except that $250 mobo is unnecessary.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131792

    $180 New gen 3 board with 2x PCIe 3.0 slots in case you upgrade to Ivy Bridge and your GPU later on.
  2. Thanks! Decided to swap the mobo and change the PSU to the AX850, figured I'd go with something a bit more reliable. Also, I was wondering if anyone had any particular recommendations on monitors. Since I'll mainly be playing shooters, I'd like something with a relatively fast response time. Does the one I have now cut it?
  3. For a gaming monitor you want a 2ms response time. Refresh rate is also something that many people overlook, because if you get over 60fps in games you will notice what's called "image tearing". Also, if you want a 3D-ready monitor you need a 120hz refresh rate. A good 23" 2ms monitor is around $200. A good 23" 2ms 120hz 3D ready monitor is around $400.
  4. grigori said:
    Thanks! Decided to swap the mobo and change the PSU to the AX850, figured I'd go with something a bit more reliable. Also, I was wondering if anyone had any particular recommendations on monitors. Since I'll mainly be playing shooters, I'd like something with a relatively fast response time. Does the one I have now cut it?


    If you are looking for serious FPS gaming than you should take a look at this list:
    http://www.nvidia.com/object/3d-vision-system-requirements.html
    All these monitors have 120Hz refresh rate. As an ex-professional fps gamer I can tell you that I always played on 100Hz+ Refresh rate.

    As for your mouse I have to recommend something else.
    I personally love my mx518 and I won 1st place in 4 national championships playing counter-strike with it. Also played in the CB euro cup. Never held a better mouse IMO. Since then the mx518 evolved into the g500. I read excellent reviews and the general design of the mouse is identical.
    http://www.buy.com/pr/product.aspx?sku=211822306&sellerid=23771477
    I would pair that with either a SteeSeries QCK for cloth pad or a X-Ray Thunder9 for a hard pad.

    Also, I think you are wasting a good 40$ with that heatsink. a bit less pricey but extremely efficient heatsink would be the coolermaster hyper 212+
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4950641&CatId=798


    Hope that helps.
  5. Got some speaker suggestions. Not sure how much you want to fork out for speakers or what sound card you have but if you're going budget but want a quality setup I suggest these. My friend has them and they really sound great for the price.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836121044

    If you want to get alot more bass responses as well as awesome satellites, I personally have these.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836852001

    Have fun with your new build
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