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Help me build a gaming PC please (intel, radeon <$2000)

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January 29, 2012 4:39:34 PM

I'm looking at the following build. Its actually cheaper pre-built on Cyberpowerpc than
as parts from new-egg, although on newegg I can choose the graphics card and hard drive brand.
I'm as good as anyone at connecting wires and turning screws, but kinda lazy and technical for
a living, so not too interested in technical for a hobby, unless its better.

Is this a decent build? I can't figure out how to pick a mobo.

Approximate Purchase Date: By end of February 2012

Budget Range: < $2000, cheap is good

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 95% Gaming, and some programming/surfing/hacking

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, cyberpowerpc, keep it easy

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Intel, Radeon

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Possibly crossfire as next upgrade, but maybe not

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200, may upgrade to multiscreens for racing games

Additional Comments: Quiet is nice, I don't like to shut off the computer

Case: * Azza Hurrican 2000 Full Tower Gaming Case with 4 Hot Swappable HDD Cage & (4) 230MM Fans [+60]
Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Default case fans
CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-2500K 3.30 GHz 6M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)
Cooling Fan: * Thermaltake FRIO Overclocking Cooler Fan (CLP0564) [+20]
Motherboard: [CrossFireX/SLI] Asus P8Z68-V/GEN3 Intel Z68 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ BT GO! Lucid Virtu and Intel SRT & 7.1 HD Audio, Intel GbLAN, USB3.0, 2x SATA-III RAID, 2x Gen3 & 1x Gen2 PCIe X16, 2 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI (All Venom OC Certified) [+94]
Memory: 8GB (2GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair Vengeance [+23])
Video Card: AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+414] (Major Brand Powered by AMD)
Freebies: FREE Game - Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Power Supply Upgrade: * 850 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-850TXV2 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready [+76]
Hard Drive: 120GB Corsair Force GT Series SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 555MB/s Read & 515MB/s Write [+82] (Single Drive)
Data Hard Drive: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+110] (Single Drive)
Optical Drive: LG UH12LS28K 12X Blu-Ray Player & DVDRW Combo Drive (BLACK COLOR)
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)
Ultra Care Option: Ultra Enhanced Packaging Solution - Protect Your Dream System During Transit [+19]

Thanks alot!
January 29, 2012 5:10:41 PM

"some programming/surfing/hacking"

its not wise to advertise hacking as part of your system usage. Especially on a public forum such as this.
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January 29, 2012 5:13:25 PM

I mean hacking in the old sense of fooling around with programs and hardware, not cracking, phracking or other malicious activity. Sorry if that was unclear.
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January 29, 2012 5:13:29 PM

If you love those parts, and they total less than newegg, then go for it.

But, if you want a bit cheaper without compromise, here are a few ideas:

1) Do you love that $150 case? If so, get it. But, you can get a good case for half that.

2) The 7970 is probably a good idea since you are anticipating triple monitor gaming.

3) The 7970 is a 28nm card and does not need all that much power.
http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/7000/79...
You can save with a quality 550w psu.

4) If you will run only one graphics card, and why not?, the 7970 is a beast, why not use a smaller, cheaper M-ATX motherboard? Or, even an m-ITX?

5) A $30 cooler is all you need, like the CM hyper212.

6) Do really need a bluray player?
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February 9, 2012 6:53:13 PM

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