Gaming PC ~$2000

I'm looking to build a computer that will be able to play the majority of games at max settings. I understand certain options would be out of the question without an SLI setup. I don't plan on upgrading, overclocking, or tweaking anything in the next few years. I'm currently using a 6.5 year old desktop and a 4.5 year old laptop that were both mid range when purchased.

I would like to pick up two monitors and have them side by side so I can play my MMO on one and browse stuff online with the other. These are included in the $2000 budget and I figure around $400 for both. Thanks for the help.

Approximate Purchase Date: Before the end of the month. I would love to be settled as fast as possible.

Budget Range: ~$2000. Obviously it can be less and if we go over a bit that's fine too.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and surfing the internet (using two monitors)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers. I do need an OS but I'm excluding that from the overall price of the PC however I would like to know the best place to buy Windows 7

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, I live close to a Microcenter too.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: I prefer Intel and nvidia.

Overclocking: Maybe but unlikely

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: This computer will ultimately be traveling with me overseas so I'd like to make sure the case is sturdy. I'd like to see an SSD in the computer.

Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts.


CPU - i5 2500k or i5 2400

G.Skill ripjaw 8GB 1600

SSD - I don't know much about SSD's. I highly favor reliability if at all possible.

Heatsink - Do I even need this? I really don't plan on overclocking anytime soon if ever.

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  1. Without over clock, you do not need the K version CPU. Save a few dollars and get the standard 2500 or even the 2400 which is only 10% slower. No ever clock, no extra heat sink needed. Microcenter has best price.

    Get a 7970 card. Best future proofing and fastest right now. Also handles two monitors. I would refer to the AMD web site on Eyefinity for more info on dual setups.

    PSU -

    Motherboard - One of these -

    SSD - 120gb or 240gb depending on your overall storage needs. The 240gb are also faster. SATA III 6gb/s from Corsair, Crucial, OCZ.

    case -

    Windows 7 64 bit oem is $99 at most places and Microcenter will price match.

    edit: avoid Power Color vid card. usually problematic. Sapphire is best for AMD.
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