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$2000 General Use/Gaming PC

Last response: in Systems
February 16, 2012 10:30:28 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Late March/Early April(might as well have my tax return pay for this)

Budget Range: 1900-2300 Before / After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (General coding(java, python, c++, ruby), Ubuntu partition to run server software to play with to get better with, Office suite, CS6 suite, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: intel and nvidia

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I'd like to get nVidia 2d surround going with 3 monitors. Also, I'd like to not really have to upgrade anything outside of ram or storage for the next few years.

Monitor(this is my problem spot, don't know what would be a good fit for my needs/wants):
3 x Asus VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers

2 x MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support

G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2

MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000

OCZ Technology 120 GB Agility 3 SSD- 3G SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive AGT3-25SAT3-120G

XFX PRO Series 850W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus Silver 850 Watt PSU ATX 850 Energy Star Certified Power Supply P1850BNLG9

Silverstone Tek Extended ATX/ATX/SSI-CEB Full Tower Case with 90-Degree Motherboard Mounting and Window Side Panel - RV03B-WA (Black/Gray)

Mouse/keyboard(not looking for mega gaming peripherals, comfort/quality/durability is more key here)
Logitech Wireless Wave Combo Mk550 With Keyboard and Laser Mouse (920-002555)

total(so far) $2100 and some change

need some suggestions on speakers(or anything else you think might fit better), would prefer 2.1 just because of the potential cable clutter + my walls are kinda thin and a booming 5.1 woofer won't be very respectful.

More about : 2000 general gaming

February 16, 2012 10:52:18 PM

Well if you don't want to have to upgrade anything for the next few years, I'd suggest waiting for the new nVidia cards to come out or going for crossfire 7950's. That'll be more expensive, but It'll be able to max anything for several years to come.
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February 16, 2012 11:10:33 PM

Good job for not following the guidelines set by OP...

OP: one 580 is better than 2 560ti's.
February 16, 2012 11:17:18 PM

^ +1 However, I'd still advise waiting till the new 600 series comes out.
February 16, 2012 11:24:00 PM

Nevermind, I forgot he said he wants NVIDIA surround.
February 17, 2012 12:04:33 AM

yeah, that's why i opted for the 2 x 2gb 560 ti's.

you think the 570/580's will drop in price somewhat by april?
February 17, 2012 12:59:37 AM

Here is the gaming rig I'll be buying sometime next week, comes out to around $2,000 with warranty's and shipping
February 17, 2012 1:01:33 AM

beanbean said:
yeah, that's why i opted for the 2 x 2gb 560 ti's.

you think the 570/580's will drop in price somewhat by april?

Only if you buy them used at eBay or Newegg promos.