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February 8, 2012 4:44:13 PM

Looking to buy a new computer, don't really have a budget, but 2000+ would be pushing my interest.

Approximate Purchase Date: (Probably when Ivy Bridge comes out)

Budget Range: (2000ish, preferably less)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (gaming)

Parts Not Required: (keyboard,mouse,monitor,hard drives,disk drive)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (newegg.com)

Country: (USA)

Parts Preferences: (Only preference would be Intel)

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: (1920x1080)

Additional Comments: (none)

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February 8, 2012 5:02:59 PM

You might want to edit that headline before someone suggests a ~$16K build. :lol: 

Anyway this is my preferred $2K build based on your requirements:

Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $99.99
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 950 - $149.99
Motherboard: Asrock X79 Extreme 6 - $279.99
CPU: 3.2GHz Intel Core i7-3930K - $599.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $39.99
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 - $139.99
SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $174.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 - $449.99
OS: Windows 7 Pro - $139.99

Total: $2,039.91

Without the OS that drops it to about $1900 even. If you don't need the SSD you can budget that toward getting a second 7950 for Crossfire and you'll have a seriously killer system.
February 8, 2012 5:09:04 PM

Lol. i am sorry, its a bit funny that you're ready to spend 2000$ on a gaming PC to play at max resolution of 1080p. you could built a beast to play games at 1080p for like 1400$.

I am listing my suggestion here :

Intel i5-2500k : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Sapphire 7970 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Asus P8Z68 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.Skill Ripjaws X series 16GB (4x4GB) : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair Enthusiast TX850 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Rosewill Blackhawk : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ Petrol PTL1-25SAT3 64GB : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate Barracuda 1tb 7200RPM : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This whole build comes upto 1500$ and you can run any game out right now at its full potential (at 1080p) and for the next two years (if you added another 7970 in x-fire)
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February 8, 2012 5:11:30 PM

What would be some other options at CPU, and consequently motherboard? I don't think I will need that mean of a CPU.
a b C Monitor
February 8, 2012 5:11:59 PM

kalpak2021 said:
Lol. i am sorry, its a bit funny that you're ready to spend 2000$ on a gaming PC to play at max resolution of 1080p. you could built a beast to play games at 1080p for like 1400$.

I am listing my suggestion here :

Intel i5-2500k : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI 6970 (they're clocked higher) : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Asus P8Z68 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.Skill Ripjaws X series 16GB (4x4GB) : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair Enthusiast TX850 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Rosewill Blackhawk : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ Petrol PTL1-25SAT3 64GB : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate Barracuda 1tb 7200RPM : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This whole build comes upto 1300$ and you can run any game out right now at its full potential (at 1080p)


That's a pretty decent build but the OP doesn't need a hard drive and I would not recommend that choice for SSD - if you look around OCZ isn't the most reliable vendor out there when you compare them to Crucial, Samsung, Intel, Kingston, Plextor, and so on.

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What would be some other options at CPU, and consequently motherboard? I don't think I will need that mean of a CPU.


That's certainly true but the X79 will support PCI-E 3.0 natively out of the box where Z68 won't be able to until the Ivy Bridge CPUs are released. That's required if you're going to be running a GPU like the 7950 at it's full potential.
February 8, 2012 5:14:48 PM

SuperDeluxeIV said:
What would be some other options at CPU, and consequently motherboard? I don't think I will need that mean of a CPU.


You could upgrade to the i7-2600k, and the motherboard still remains the same.

@g-unit1111 : i haven't had problems, maybe i'm lucky. but since you suggest. Samsung wins!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b C Monitor
February 8, 2012 5:16:11 PM

kalpak2021 said:
You could upgrade to the i7-2600k, and the motherboard still remains the same.

@g-unit1111 : i haven't had problems, maybe i'm lucky. but since you suggest. Samsung wins!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Yes but the 2600K isn't really necessary for a gaming system, but you could say the same for the 3930K. :lol: 
February 8, 2012 5:17:49 PM

g-unit1111 said:
That's a pretty decent build but the OP doesn't need a hard drive and I would not recommend that choice for SSD - if you look around OCZ isn't the most reliable vendor out there when you compare them to Crucial, Samsung, Intel, Kingston, Plextor, and so on.

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What would be some other options at CPU, and consequently motherboard? I don't think I will need that mean of a CPU.


That's certainly true but the X79 will support PCI-E 3.0 natively out of the box where Z68 won't be able to until the Ivy Bridge CPUs are released. That's required if you're going to be running a GPU like the 7950 at it's full potential.


Ok, Would you think going with the Sandy Bridge now, or waiting until Ivy Bridge comes out would be best?
February 8, 2012 5:19:22 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Yes but the 2600K isn't really necessary for a gaming system, but you could say the same for the 3930K. :lol: 


He asked for it. :p  the i5-2500k is the best value for money processor out there. a 3930k would only be required if you'd like to run multithreaded apps like compressing and video rendering and encoding and decoding etc. For gaming, four cores are more than enough, even the games out today dont utilize them completely.
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February 8, 2012 5:25:04 PM

kalpak2021 said:
He asked for it. :p  the i5-2500k is the best value for money processor out there. a 3930k would only be required if you'd like to run multithreaded apps like compressing and video rendering and encoding and decoding etc. For gaming, four cores are more than enough, even the games out today dont utilize them completely.


That's true - I'm running an X6 and my PC doesn't utilize all cores to the full potential yet. The X79 is a bit more future proof than the Z68/2500K will be (despite Ivy upgrade from what I'm being told), and if the 3930K is too rich for your blood, you could wait a couple of weeks and get the i7-3820 when it's available - it will be about 1/2 the cost of the 3930K.
February 8, 2012 5:28:21 PM

Honestly, the only way to render which Ivy or the current I7 3930/3960k's is price. All of Intels Processors have been good at their respectable level. however the pricing can be backwards all over the place. they always release their processor's at the same price area. I would get a I7 2700K or 2600K and get a ASUS republic of gamers mobo and let that be the beef of the build. Because i am researching the Vast changes of technology. And some ay have the money to buy the latest technology when last years components can be just a few 10-5% behind performance and not worth spending for the next latest. when you can squeeze performance out of it
February 8, 2012 5:33:31 PM

g-unit1111 said:
That's true - I'm running an X6 and my PC doesn't utilize all cores to the full potential yet. The X79 is a bit more future proof than the Z68/2500K will be (despite Ivy upgrade from what I'm being told), and if the 3930K is too rich for your blood, you could wait a couple of weeks and get the i7-3820 when it's available - it will be about 1/2 the cost of the 3930K.


I would say even the the i7-3820 is overkill for gaming, wikipedia reports its supposed to be cheaper than i7-2600k. With two extra cores and hyper-threading. The i3-3820 is gonna sell fast. But the locked multiplier isn't the right choice for gamers, so i might rethink my strategy there. An OC'd i5-2500k with water-cooler would easily surpass the i7-3820. and for that matter the 2600k would be much much better.
February 8, 2012 5:47:32 PM

Case: COOLER MASTER CM Storm Series Trooper - $149.99
PSU: CORSAIR Gaming Series GS800 800W - 124.99
Motherboard: Asrock X79 Extreme 6 - $279.99
CPU: i7 - 3820 - $285
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 - $139.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 x2 - 899.89


Eh? Would the 2 video cards be too much? Would it be a better idea to drop one, get the better cpu?
February 8, 2012 5:50:04 PM

SuperDeluxeIV said:
Case: COOLER MASTER CM Storm Series Trooper - $149.99
PSU: CORSAIR Gaming Series GS800 800W - 124.99
Motherboard: Asrock X79 Extreme 6 - $279.99
CPU: i7 - 3820 - $285
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 - $139.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 x2 - 899.89


Eh? Would the 2 video cards be too much? Would it be a better idea to drop one, get the better cpu?


I wouldn't recommend x-firing right now, cuz you're going to use up a lot of power. Its unnecessary. A 7950 would ace through any game right now with ultra/high presets. In future if you require more GPU power, you always have an option open. I think AMD might release a dual core 7990. So stock up that money for the 7990 and trifire.
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