$2000 Gaming pc in need of advice/thoughts.

I would like to try to keep the system build here under or exactly $2000 dollars.

Approximate Purchase Date: Some time this month, so tba ( rough date, i understand )
Budget Range: $2000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet usage.
Parts Not Required: Keyboard; Mouse; monitor; speakers;
Preferred Website(s): Newegg.com ( i will be willing to try other websites as well. )
Country: United States of Amercia
Parts Preferences: Intel Cpu , Nvidia Cards ( I have a layout of the system already, still need a psu.)
Overclocking: maybe ( CPU only )
SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 ( looking into HD gaming)
Additional Comments: noise does not bother me, something that does not over heat to any alteration that may be.

The layout i was talking about.

The Chasis( i wont change this ) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133188
Dvd Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289
Hard Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697
GPU(s) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130622
Memory http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231417
Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130611
CPU (Intel Only) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
Cpu aftermarket heat sink http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817121068

Totally $1,806.91 ( $34.01 Shipping )
Without tax $1,772.90

Thank you for the help.
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  1. Why not this RAM? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416

    No SSD?

    Why not a 80 Plus Gold PSU?

    Those GPU's may run a little bit on the hot side if running in SLI. Why not get something like a TwinFrozr II or III?

    Good luck!
  2. The Cpu is not compatible with 1600 sdram sticks only 1333.

    No SSD only because i had to compromise on to save money, i would if i could.

    The psu im just about to update, i picked out a nice COOLER MASTER, check it out. (Single Rail 80A 1000W)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171049

    Only reason i did not go with the Twin froze or triple is because there $20 dollars more and seems im just passing by barely as i look at the price.

    Grand Total is now at $1,988.29, including tax and shipping
  3. Quote:
    The Cpu is not compatible with 1600 sdram sticks only 1333.

    Lies. All lies. I can prove it. I'm running 2600K (pretty much the same as the 2500K) with 1600 RAM (would insert CPU-Z screenshot here but can't be bothered)
    The stock memory frequency might be 1333, but with XMP, you can enable the higher frequency profile.
    Get the 1600 RAM, it does impact performance significantly (only up to 1600 - any faster only improves synthetic benchmarks).
  4. why you want to spend so much on the case???????i mean if you want looks than why not storm trooper or MK 1???
    don't waste money on the case.you can setup a gtx 580 SLi in that budget.
  5. mattyg_nz said:
    Quote:
    The Cpu is not compatible with 1600 sdram sticks only 1333.

    Lies. All lies. I can prove it. I'm running 2600K (pretty much the same as the 2500K) with 1600 RAM (would insert CPU-Z screenshot here but can't be bothered)
    The stock memory frequency might be 1333, but with XMP, you can enable the higher frequency profile.
    Get the 1600 RAM, it does impact performance significantly (only up to 1600 - any faster only improves synthetic benchmarks).


    It does impact performance SIGNIFICANTLY?

    Where did you get this awesome not truth info???
    No software than synthetic read/copy info in memory is able to show improvements...

    It only does significantly improve performance in a Llano plataform using the build-in igp, not in sandy-bridge/ivy-bridge
  6. Stick with DDR3-1333 or the DDR3-1600, doesn't matter, just know you won't have measurable real world usage gains at all.
  7. I was up latter on this night messing around and working with this system, i made a few tweaks to some components, i have tchanged the motherboard ( realised i was just paying for a BIOS that has its own click interface). I have also changed the CPU ( really think the I7 is worth it?)

    @hellfire24,
    Only reason for that case is it has always fasinated me, with much room inside ( i was never a fan of the Haf X's, so this was my choice, downgraded to the Black version ( $60 dollar difference.) I am willing to take up this gtx 580 sli challenge though, recomended cases please?


    New Setup
  8. Get an i5 2500 for $210 and save $110; it will game as well as the i7. That case is way expensive, and it's the size of a small refrigerator so you'll have it on the floor anyway where you won't see it. See that handle? That's so you can take it to LAN parties. Get an econo-box full tower and put the money toward at least a GTX 580. You won't be happy with the 570. My two cents.
  9. @etrofsky
    Thank you, changes have been made, looking for a stylish full tower case, may i ask what case you have?
  10. I have the Silverstone Raven. Best case I have used to date. Runs my OC'd system extremely cool.
    Just avoid video cards that don't exhaust all of their heat out the back of the card, The flow of this case doesn't play well with cards that have their fans in the center of the card blowing out both ends. It works amazing on the reference designs that push the heat all out the back (top in this case) though.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163173
  11. Please list component names so we don't have to all get RSI clicking on all ya links.

    In a $2k rig, I'd find room to play BR Movies
    DVD Writer - $ 58 - Asus Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247

    PSU's - both of them should be dropped

    HD - Barracuda XT - Great Drive .... Baracuda (no XT) not so great.


    Case - $ 230 - Thermaltake Level 10 GT http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133188
    Case Fan - $ 12 - Thermaltake Blue120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106149
    PSU - $ 150 - Corsair HX850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011
    MoBo - $ 210 - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790
    CPU - $ 210 - Intel Core i7-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070
    Cooler - $ 83 - Thermalright Silver Arrow http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11676/cpu-tri-77/Thermalright_Silver_Arrow_Dual_160mm_x_140mm_Fan_Universal_CPU_Cooler_Sockets_775_1156_1366_AM2_AM2_AM3.html
    TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080
    RAM - $ 40 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 (White) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186
    GFX - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 900Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121425
    GFX - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 900Mhz Same
    HD - $ 240 - Momentus XT ST750LX003 750GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148837
    SSD - $ 184 - Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226236
    DVD Writer - $ 58 - Asus Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247
    Card Reader $ 50 AeroCool FP-01 55 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820314001

    Total $1932

    -Case ya wanted
    -10.0 pe4formance rating on PSU per jonnyguru
    -CPU gets same game scores as 2600k and runs about 7C cooler at 4.8GHz
    -Mobo - It's great
    -Cooler - 4.8 Ghz and all cores under 72C
    -RAM - reliable, great support
    -GFX - 40% more fps than single 580 ....adding another 580 only gets ya 10% more fps than twin 560's ....at more than twice the price.
    -HD - great performance....could even drop SSD w/ one already in hybrid HD
    -SSD - fastest 120 GB SSD per THG heirarchy chart
    -DVD Writer - also plays BR
    -Card Reader - was room in budget so threw in

    Alternative for case / psu

    Antec 1200 V3 w/ CP-850 - another 10.0 rated PSU, but quieter / cooler than HX850, pair saves lotta cash

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371024
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129100
  12. bravo95 said:
    @etrofsky
    Thank you, changes have been made, looking for a stylish full tower case, may i ask what case you have?


    It's in my sig. Link. I think it's discontinued. I wanted lots of bays for RAID, and the window lets me see the mobo for troubleshooting (besides, it looks good).
  13. A very well descriptive post, thank you. The HDD you posted really interested me so i went with that, but this is mainly a gaming computer, blue ray i have already for the Tv.

    The power supply. i found a Corsair HX1050 for $219, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139034. Two juice the gtx 570's

    I decided to keep the I5 only for the reason hyper threading is the only difference between the two, and 6 mb L3 cache, i didnt feel that was worth the extra 100 dollars. ( But the case i had my eyes set on since it came out. )

    Gpu's: kind of hard to roll back when im already playing with a 560 ti, i went for the frozen cooler 560's though. ( overclocking ).
  14. *DOUBLE POST, Understood*
    Petrofsky said:
    It's in my sig. Link. I think it's discontinued. I wanted lots of bays for RAID, and the window lets me see the mobo for troubleshooting (besides, it looks good).

    Thanks for the link, ill check this one out. Looks real roomy inside of the case.
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