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Advice for new build $2000 Budget for everything

Last response: in Systems
December 17, 2011 1:01:11 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 1 Jan

Budget Range: $2000 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Music

Parts Not Required: Speakers, SSD

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg & Tigerdirect

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: I'm a fan of EVGA, ASUS, Corsair, Intel & Western Digital

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Probably Not

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Mostly concerned with good temps and quiet since it will be in my bedroom. Want to be able to play WoW, Diablo 3, Starcraft 2, SW The Old Republic all on Max settings.


Here is what I have so far. I am open to suggestions and ideas. I would like to spend under $2000 to include everything (PC, Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard). I selected a 27" monitor and i'm open to changing this but I would like at least a 24" but mostly needs to be a great image.

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5

Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARX 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s

Asus VK278Q Black 27" 1920x1080 2ms Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Webcam

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner


Fractal Design Define R3 Black Pearl Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.1) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus

RAZER Naga Molten Mouse

Logitech G110 Black USB Wired LED Backlighting Gaming Keyboard
December 17, 2011 1:11:45 AM

Drop RAM down to 8GB you dont need 16GB for gaming
HDD is a 'Green" Type meaning its slower then regular ones, I would go with Seagate Barracuda type
If you plan to SLI another 570 up your PSU to an 850W (if not your good)
December 17, 2011 1:18:54 AM

I don't mind spending the extra money on the RAM. I usually have multiple games running at the same time along with WMP and a bunch of Firefox windows. I'm more worried about if this layout will be good temp wise. How much noise will it make etc.
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December 17, 2011 2:16:28 AM

It will be silent but for ur budget I would get better cooler
December 17, 2011 2:18:32 AM

Have any in mind?
December 17, 2011 2:21:02 AM

Zalman has a cooler in the $40-$50 range that would work good even though its old, a lot of people still like it and use it.
December 17, 2011 2:25:35 AM

Zalman looks like they have a ton. Are they all good?
December 17, 2011 2:35:09 AM

Thermalright silver arrow. But that thing is huge. Also Archon rev a even bigger.
Decent one is cooler master 612
December 17, 2011 2:40:30 AM

Oh yeah +1 to the 612 i forgot about that one
December 17, 2011 2:45:12 AM

2k budget and you're on 1920x1080. What a travesty.

Dell U2412M 359.99 Best value in monitors today. 1920x1200 IPS for under $400, you gotta be kidding me. Hands down best screen you'll find at this price range.