2000 Dollar Gaming PC

This is actually my very first post on tomshardware even tho I use it for researching all the time. I have helped several of my friends build their computers in the past but never my own. I just asking for a few pointers and maybe some suggestions on a few parts that i have one or two options but not exactly sure which one. I will list all the parts and a link tot he part if their is more then one I would like opinions on which i should get. I dont wanna upgrade for awhile so i'm spending a good chuck of change

Approximate Purchase Date: This Week on Tuesday or Wed

Budget Range: roughly 1800-2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: School work, Gaming, Downloading.

Parts Not Required: Logitech G5 mouse, Razer Tarantula,
Power Supply:COOLER MASTER Silent Pro RSA00-AMBAJ3-US 1000W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
PS Link:

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country: U.S

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

MoBo: ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157269

CPU: Intel Core i7-2700K Sandy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623i72700K

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115095

Aftermarket Heatsink:COOLER MASTER Hyper 212
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10D-16GBXL

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231489

Video Card: SAPPHIRE 21197-00-40G Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 OR EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5

7970 Link:
GTX 580 Link:
SSD:Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003 2TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148681

I would love some advice I plan on using the SSD for my OS and gaming while i use the other hard drive for movies downloads n stuff. I plan on getting another ssd down the road and 16 more gigs of ram to max my mobo out at 32 gigs. would love some advice.

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  1. not sure about the mobo but that will do well, 16gb is good, you can hardly go wrong with it, since there are times where you want to do something else besides gaming, specially if you do lots of cad/3d rendering and other stuff,

    if your gaming then go with the i5 2500K (if your overclocking) if not go with the i5 2400

    if your not gaming then go with the i7 2600k or the i7 2600 if not overclocking,

    the i7 2700k is not worth the dollar/performance the i7 2600k would do you well even when you do work related stuff, everything else is wonderful, go with the 7970HD Sapphire its good and cheaper, well but in my case i would go with a 3GB msi gtx580 lightning xtreme edition, but well go grab whatever you can grab

    the 212 is good as a cooler but well if you want a really insane cooler go with the noctua nh-d14 you just need a big chassis that can house it, if you got a small one go with the 212, but if you got a bigger one then get one that match your chassis and get the noctua, imo use the extra money saved and get a bigger chassis or get another SSD or another 16gb kit for a total of 32MB,

    well many people will say all you need is 4gb and 8gb and those kinda stuff but if you want more self satisfaction adn got lots of bread and you really like the feeling of seeing as how current programs even when you run multiple can hardly max out your systems capanbilities or you do lots of multi tasking of 3d rendering/cad/movie/music editing and other stuff that eats memory like breakfast then go with 32gb, on my new build imi getting 32gb my self, although right now with my i5 system it always eats up 13gb-15gb memory out of my 16gb ram, well i do heavy stuff and game at the same time so it's normal
  2. oh for PSU you can either go with the Corsair AX850W 80PLUS Gold or the Seasonic x850W 80PLUS Gold, and well besides this, if you really want to max out your capabilities of expanding your system then go with the Corsair AX1200W 80PLUS Gold or the Seasonic 1000W 80PLUS Platinum (i think i saw this with some guy on youtube doing an unboxing with it)

    you can never go wrong with those set up specially if you want to go 3 way SLI or 4
  3. Thanks a lot for the info but even if i have the money the i5 will be better for gaming? I was going for the i7 2700k so maybe i wouldnt have to upgrade my cpu for awhile. After some reading i believe im gonna go with the sapphire 7970. Also may sound sad but when you say big chasis are u refering to the case? My case is a full tower HAF 932

    so the corsair would be better then the cool master I listed below?
  4. HAF 932 is good for your build. Corsair is on the top of power supply producers.
    i5 2500k is verry good in gaming, but for multitasking 2600k is better.
    7970 is better than 580.
  5. Certainly grab the 7970 over the GTX 580.

    I'd also recommend a 7200RPM HDD.

    RAM amount is unnecessary, 8GB is more than enough for a gaming build and certainly planning to upgrade to 32GB is just wasting money. Keep an eye on your RAM usage, it's unlikely you'll ever see it pass about 3-4GB.

    ASRock Extreme4 Gen3 should also be enough for a mobo, unless your planning on a 3-way crossfire set up with those 7970's - in which case id possibly be recommending a new PSU too. Going this route is going to require a decent FULL TOWER ATX case too.
  6. Ya i was looking in to a 7200rpm but that one i listed had better reviews then all the 7200 ones on newegg if im not mistaken. I will be using this computer for school work as well and I am a current computer science programming major so i write a lot of code using multiple languages is why I was leaning towards the i7 for a longer investment, as for a 3-way crossfire i doubt i would be arriving at that point any time soon being a college student maybe a 2-way but dont see myself going farther then that; however, could you recommend a mobo around the same price range?
  7. Quick question the 7970 will work on my selected mother board correct?
  8. Yes, PCIE 3.0 is backwards compatible with PCIE 2.0.
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