First Gamer Build (1000-2000$)

Okay, This is my first time attempting to build a Machine.
I'm a huge gamer and all these new games that are out i been wanting to play.
I finally saved up enough money to build a solid beast computer.
I have a setup that i have in mind, but im not 100% sure if its solid or compatible with everything..

So here we go.
Approximate Purchase Date: By Christmas

Budget Range: 1k-2k

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Extreme gaming. Video Editing, Photoshopping.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, ncix.com any others also.

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia

Overclocking: Yes, once i understand how to.

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, Eventually

Monitor Resolution: (1920x1200) (im HDMI-ing to a 40" TV)


CASE : Cooler Master HAF 932
PSU : XFX Black Edition XPS-850W-BES
CPU : i7-2700k
RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900)
MOBO : MSI p67a-gd65
Vid Card : GTX 570 (but eventually SLI with another GTX 570)
HDD Western Digital 2TB Black Edition hard Drive

And im still looking for DVD drives and stuff...

Any ideas? Please and thanks in advance!
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  2. Your MOBO only supports up to Dual Channel, so I think it won't be able to run 4 4GB RAM. Change it to 2 8GB RAM sticks.
  3. and dont get that cpu if your gonna oc, it is 100mhz faster than i7 2600k and not worth price.
  4. I would look into...
    i7-2600K, you are oc so no reason to spend the extra money
    MB Z68 ASUS or ASRock <$200
    RAM 4x4GB(16GB) DDR3 1600 with some decent timings(your quad kit is fine(it will just act like 2 sets of dual channel sticks), the oc version(>1600) are pretty pointless, i think(but you are welcome to still get the oc, whatever you want), so instead i would look into some low timings(9-9-9-24 are common so anything lower/better))
    SSD 128GB like m4 or something
    HDD 1TB or 1.5TB now due to high HDD prices and with an SSD, it doesnt really need to be Black, just get a solid reliable one
    GTX 570
    PSU 850w, 80 PLUS Certified Bronze or higher, modular
    ODD Samsung BluRay Drive
    Case CM HAF 932

    if you are oc CPU, you need an aftermarket cooler, so like CM Hyper 212+ or Noctua D14 or Thermalright(or Thermaltake?) Silver Arrow
  5. azeem40 said:
    Your MOBO only supports up to Dual Channel, so I think it won't be able to run 4 4GB RAM. Change it to 2 8GB RAM sticks.


    Please understand the concepts before you advise.
    Dual channel is the interface term. The motherboard supports dual channel and has FOUR memory slots. So 4X4GB stick is viable option.


    On the OP, 16GB is overkill just for gaming. If you doing serious rendering stuff, then more memory is advisable.
    2500K is the sweet spot in gaming CPU. If you require hyperthreading in extensive video/photo editing tools, you could consider 2600K.

    Of course its your money, so you could as well pay for what you "want". But for a 2k RIG, you could afford dual 570GTX.

    Check out the tomshardware home page for the recent $2400 build. Just downgrade the cards to 570GTX and you are good to go! Good luck!
  6. Delirious788 said:
    I would look into...
    i7-2600K, you are oc so no reason to spend the extra money
    MB Z68 ASUS or ASRock <$200
    RAM 4x4GB(16GB) DDR3 1600 with some decent timings(your quad kit is fine(it will just act like 2 sets of dual channel sticks), the oc version(>1600) are pretty pointless, i think(but you are welcome to still get the oc, whatever you want), so instead i would look into some low timings(9-9-9-24 are common so anything lower/better))
    SSD 128GB like m4 or something
    HDD 1TB or 1.5TB now due to high HDD prices and with an SSD, it doesnt really need to be Black, just get a solid reliable one
    GTX 570
    PSU 850w, 80 PLUS Certified Bronze or higher, modular
    ODD Samsung BluRay Drive
    Case CM HAF 932

    if you are oc CPU, you need an aftermarket cooler, so like CM Hyper 212+ or Noctua D14 or Thermalright(or Thermaltake?) Silver Arrow

    What's the difference Between the z68 than the p67a-GD 65?
    And also on the RAM, will the 2600k support the 1866 frequency?
    Im not so knowledgeable on RAM, and what the differences are between them :sigh:
    And also, i did look at some after market coolers, i just forgot to post xD

    What's the diff between the GD55 and GD 65?
  7. perfectblue said:
    On the OP, 16GB is overkill just for gaming. If you doing serious rendering stuff, then more memory is advisable.
    2500K is the sweet spot in gaming CPU. If you require hyperthreading in extensive video/photo editing tools, you could consider 2600K.

    Of course its your money, so you could as well pay for what you "want". But for a 2k RIG, you could afford dual 570GTX.

    Check out the tomshardware home page for the recent $2400 build. Just downgrade the cards to 570GTX and you are good to go! Good luck!

    I plan on doing some CS5 editing, and all that. Making flash videos, photoshopping etc.
    I just wanting to make sure it'll run it flawless. cause the laptop i have now is pretty laggy when i use cs4.

    I also looked that the 2400$ build, looks great! but i already bought a HAF 932 case, it was cheap 100$ xD
    So i couldnt pass it up.
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