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Look for help building a $2k gaming system

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January 11, 2012 10:38:04 PM

Hello, TH community I am currently working on building a new gaming rig and was hoping for a little advice. Ive built systems before but its been a few years thanks to my my M17X laptop. Unfortunately said laptop is now showing signs of age that no longer make it my friend when it comes to hardcore gaming, so i decided to take the plunge and build a new desktop. Only one issue Ive been out of the system builder game for so long that I'm really have a hard time deciding on a motherboard. I'd be grateful for any advice about a mobo and processor cooler that would handle possible overclocking in the future. If you could give a sanity check on the parts Ive picked so far that would be great also. The types of games Ive looking at playing are things like Wow, Diablo 3, Starcraft, Skyrim and so on.

Approximate Purchase Date: next 2 weeks...hopefully

Budget Range: $2000 - 2200 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, gaming, gaming, did I mention gaming? :)  , surfing the internet

Parts Not Required: keyboard (Logitech G15), mouse (Logitech G15), monitor (ASUS VW224U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: I like MSI but if there is a better option I'll gladly go with that, Nvidia

Overclocking: Maybe, Ive never done it before but looking into giving it a try.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, right now looking into single card solutions to help on price.

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 for right now due to monitor but want to be capable of going higher if I get some cash for a newer monitor

Additional Comments: These are the parts Ive spec'd out so far:

Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi Black High Performance PC Computer Case - $99.99

Power: OCZ ZX Series 1000W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Gold High Performance Power Supply - $199.99

Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz - $319.99

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8R - $79.99

Video Card: EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 - $509.99

System Drive: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive - $179.99

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit - OEM - $189.99

Total so far: $1,579.93

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January 11, 2012 10:56:02 PM

dang. I know that a m17x isn't cheap...I mean like customizing it can go up to 2-3.5+ grand. Sad that your laptop is decaying only after a couple years...Buy your stuff from or