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Gaming Rig for ~$2000 (Need monitor & case)

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January 6, 2012 9:19:45 PM

I posted a similar thread a few days ago to help a friend build their rig. Now it's my turn! Mostly, I'm trying to pick a case and monitor.

Approximate Purchase Date: Next few days

Budget Range: Soft ceiling of $2000 after rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies, internet

Parts Not Required: mouse, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, or anywhere with a warranty

Country: USA

Parts Preferences:

Overclocking: Optional (but not exceptionally high; I'd like to go for chip longevity here)

SLI or Crossfire: No; I'll be using just one card for now.

Monitor Resolution: Something ideal for the GTX 570 (16:9 or 16:10 preferred)

Additional Comments: I'm especially interested in portable, quiet cases. Bonus points for no side windows and handles.

Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.94 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 2.5GB Video Card ($379.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS424-98 DVD/CD Writer ($24.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Keyboard: Das Keyboard DASK3PROMS1SI Wired Standard Keyboard ($154.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1418.34 (~$600 left over for case + monitor)
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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I still need to pick out a monitor. I'm a little price sensitive, but I want really low input lag with a good color gamut. It looks like TN is probably the way to go for minimal input lag. Something around 22"-24" is probably ideal, but don't consider these hard limits.

I also need a case. I'd like a quiet, portable case - handles are a plus, as are quiet fans. I would especially like a case with hard drive suspension/shock absorption. A lack of side windows would be icing on the cake, but that only matters if everything else is relatively equal. It would be nice if it had a 2.5" bay, but I can buy a 2.5"->3.5" adapter for the SSD.

Which case do you recommend? Which monitor? Is the build sound? (Is the PSU going to provide enough power?)
a b C Monitor
January 6, 2012 9:29:27 PM

How much OC will you be doing? If it is 4-4.5 GHz, get the CM Hyper 212 EVO for $35; if more, keep your cooler.

Honestly, RAM with those really tall heat spikes (or w/e it is called) get in the way and aren't really needed. Kingston RAM is good.

Case: CM HAF 912. All the fans in this case are pretty quiet and it looks "combat-ready" (as some of the reviews have said), plus it has great airflow and cable management.

Monitor: What size do you want it? 23"?
a b C Monitor
January 6, 2012 9:29:29 PM

Sorry for DP; crappy internet.
January 6, 2012 9:33:59 PM

22-24" is the size I'm looking at for a monitor, azeem40. My biggest concern is input lag.

2x4 (8gb) of DDR3 1600 seems to be the same price from Kingston and G.Skill, so I'm not too worried about that.

Thanks for the tip about the cooler; I don't think I'll be pushing it past 4GHz.

The CM HAF 912 case doesn't have any kind of shock absorption in it, but this is the case I bought for my friend, and it seems like a pretty decent case. If anyone else has recommendations, though, I'm still interested in hearing them.
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