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I am looking to build a gaming computer, I have one but it is starting to get slow, it is about 4 years old now, I spent about $1500 getting it built about 4 years ago, and 2 years ago replaced the motherboard, and the processor because those died. It has been working fine since but I am planning on giving this to my girlfriends kid when I build mine.

I will buy him a new keyboard and mouse and will keep mine.
I am trying to figure out what the best option and price range would be for me.


Approximate Purchase Date: At the end of February.

Budget Range: $1200-$2000 (I am not sure what pricing options I want to go with, but I want something that will last me a few years, but still kill it in the gaming department. Something that will load games like League of Legends pretty fast, as well as Modern Warfare 3 and similar games that might come out in the near future)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming< Surfing the internet< Watching movies.

Parts Not Required: Sound card (Soundblaster X-fi, G-15 Keyboard, Logitech gaming mouse, Sound System already have a 7.1 surround sound. I also have an external Hard Drive I plan to boot a lot of my games from, and save programs etc on like I do with my current computer, so I would like a SSD or a Raptor Drive only for the operating system)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, and anything that has good prices and good customer service. (Newegg is the only one I have heard of.)

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Prefer Intel (Sandy Bridge I think it is?) But am willing to go with anything as long as I can get something that is great.

Overclocking: Most likely not.

SLI or Crossfire: SLI preferred

Monitor Resolution: I usually go around 1680x1050, somewhere around there.

Additional Comments: Case does not matter to me really.

I am looking to keep it in the 1200-2000 price range, my monitor I don't really want anything bigger than 22" but 19-21 would be optimal most likely. I don't care if it is plasma or lcd, as long as it fits well with my gaming.

I did some work on computers for fun when I was in the Marines so I know a little bit about working on them but am not an expert.

Thank you ahead of time for your help.
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  1. huge difference between $1200 - $2000 -> can you pick a price in between..?
  2. Best answer
    CPU - Intel Core i5-2400($189.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074

    Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus($29.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P($189.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128506

    RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) ($49.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231402

    ODD - SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo Drive($63.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151232

    SSD - Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB($174.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

    HDD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB($159.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    Video Card - MSI N560GTX-Ti 448 Twin Frozr III PE/OC ($299.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127615

    PSU - CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W($149.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010

    Case - Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T($169.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139005

    Monitor - ViewSonic VG2236wm-LED Black 22"($224.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824116460

    Subtotal - $1702.90($1652.90 after MIR)

    All these parts and your $1200-$2000 budget are a bit overkill for playing at 1680x1050, so I picked a 22" 1920x1080 monitor for you. You can find others but this one has great reviews. Blu-ray drive prices are getting cheaper these days and with your budget, it's quite easy to pick one.
  3. we can start with this -

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129180
    - Antec Three Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower: $70

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139030
    - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750M 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular: $130

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236176
    - ASUS VS Series VS228H-P Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen: $144

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
    - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit: $100

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151244
    - SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner: $16

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167093
    - Intel 520 Series Cherryville 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive: $240

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131806
    - ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0: $190

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115071
    - Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost): $300 (no need for after-market cooler or 'K' series if not over-clocking)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445
    - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 CL8: $75

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130590
    - EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB: $490

    TOTAL: $1,755
  4. I think both look great, I do have questions.

    Ezio, is there a generic case that I could get that would work that that just as well? I am not a huge fan of the fancy looking cases plain black is preferred.

    wasupmike,
    Would http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127592 dual those in sli be as good/better than that video card? I have been told that Sli is the way to go so I was just wondering.

    Thanks to both of you!
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    I am currently looking at this and I was wondering is there a difference between these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=-1&isNodeId=1&Description=SUS+P8Z68-V+LE+LGA+1155+Intel+Z68+HDMI+SATA+6Gb%2Fs+&x=21&y=13 as the one it looks like you showed in your list is out of stock.
  7. SmileyB84 said:
    I think both look great, I do have questions.

    Ezio, is there a generic case that I could get that would work that that just as well? I am not a huge fan of the fancy looking cases plain black is preferred.



    There is a 600t in plain black, also a favorite of mine. If you want simple black case, there are tons of them. The bitfenix shinobi and bitfenix raider, thermaltake v3 etc...you can find any good simple black chassis, but make sure they have proper ventilation and probably good cable management.
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