2000 gaming build

Approximate Purchase Date: This weekend

Budget Range: 2000-2500

System Usage from Most to Least important: Gaming, Presentations, Grapsh, Some multimedia presentations

Parts Not Required: mouse, keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon... Any decent online retailer with fast and accurate shipping

Country: US

Parts Preferences: no major preference

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: needs to last me four or five years and become to out of date, also need plenty or room in the case.

This is what I have came up with so far, and I was wanting to get some opinions and also make sure everything is compatible which is believe it is.

Mobo: ASUS LGA 1155 - Z68 - PCIe 3.0 and UEFI BIOS Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2200 LGA 1155 Motherboards P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3


HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD1002FAEX


Case: Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 USB 3.0 Full Tower Case VN300M1W2N


Power supply: Corsair Enthusiast Series 850-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and AMD platforms - CMPSU-850TXV2


Optical drive: LG Electronics WH12LS30 12X Blu-ray SATA Writer Drive - WH12LS30K


Video card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB DDR5 HDMI/DVI-I/Dual Mini DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 21197-00-40G


SSD: Crucial 128 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT128M4SSD2


RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B


CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Processor


I think this is the setup that I am going for, but I am also going to be getting a monitor also just don't have any idea on a decent one.

Any thoughts and help would be greatly appreciated.
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  1. For gaming basically, you could 'step down' the i7-2600k to a i5-2500k. You surely won't get a worse performance, don't worry.
  2. I thought the prices on HDDs seemed pretty expensive but it's been a while since I have done much with them. Also I am really hesitant to go with the i5 for no reason other than the very little price difference, but with a decent CPU (i already had the one you recommended picked out) fan the i5 can be overclocked to like 4.0 correct?

    Also any recommendations on a monitor?
  3. The reason is not because it is cheaper. It is because hyperthreading isn't yet utilized in gaming, nor will it be in the near future (yes, 5 yrs is near future :p).
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