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$2000 Gaming PC Components Help/Advice

I want to make a gaming PC that will be able to handle any current and near future game full settings, for ~$2000 (preferably under). I am kind of a noob at this, since this would be the first gaming PC I have ever put together, or purchased at all for that matter.

These are the parts I have been considering so far:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932
Corsair Obsidian Full Tower
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K (Sandy Bridge)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14
Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V Pro LGA 1155
GPU: 2 EVGA Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti's (SLI)
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600
System Drive: 2 OCZ Vertex 3s 60GB (RAID0)
Main Storage: 2 Seagate Barracudas 500GB (RAID0)
Optical Drive: Asus 24x DVD Burner
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro 1000W
Monitor: Asus VH232H Glossy 23"
Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow

Total: $2155 ($2280 with Obsidian case) I want to get in the 1500-2000 range (excluding keyboard and monitor)

Like I said, I'm new to this, so please help me eliminate things I don't need and would be a waste of money. I would be using this for primarily gaming (FPSs; RPGs) at highest settings. I would like to keep the cost under $2000 but I'm willing to go over if I need to. I'm probably going to get a 3770k Ivy Bridge when it comes out, if it is an increase in performance and less in price, and get a Z77 board. I've also been considering getting the new Kepler GPUs when they come out. I won't be purchasing and building until mid to late summer. And please point out any compatibility issues, if any, but I don't think there are.

And also, I don't know anything about overclocking. (how to do it, what it does, other methods, etc.) So any extra info on that would be really helpful!

Any advice and help will be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!
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    first think is it only for gaming if yes then there are few things to change

    intel i5 2500k
    this is what u need more than what u need i7 is an overkill
    u didnt mention any thing about overclocking and iam assuming that u are going to overclock then this is what u need

    motherboard Asus P8Z68-V Pro
    LGA 1155

    the same as u picked this mobo supports ive bridge so no need to change ur mobo


    the same u picked up

    cpu cooler also same its is the best cooler available after h100

    never buy psu other than antec,corsair,seasonic,silverstone and xfx
    you need 1000w power supply thats an overkill a 750w will be more than enough for that setup

    buy seasonic x series 850 w 80+ gold

    graphic card

    i know thats bang for buck card and i would suggest a single card
    xfx 7950 dd black edition is what u need and max out any game for 2 years on that resolution

    its a choice ones
    a mid tower would suficx unless u ran trifire(3 way crossfire or sli) and would need full tower

    mid tower
    corsair obsadian 650
    carbide 600t white edition
    cooler master haf 912 or 922 or 932 or storm enforcer and trooper

    full tower
    corsair 750,800
    haf x and cosmos ii

    its personal preference

    and storage

    why do u need to raid 0 those ssds
    its better to have 1 120gb ssd
    there is no support for trim for raid
    if u utterly want raid 0 then go with intel ssd as they are going to release trim support trim support for raid

    if u are going to install on ssd there is no need for raid 0 for storage
    save money and buy 1.5 tb carvier green

    the monitor and keyboard are good choice

    build a system and u will have a kick ass system



  2. A $2000 budget can get you 2x HD7950's in Crossfire. Just check my sig.
  3. zero_ is right u could put 2x 7950
  4. Yea I was really considering going to i5, its just I didn't know if it would be good enough. But I guess it really comes down to the GPU as well. I don't know how long it will take me to get the money together, but if Ivy Bridge and the new chipsets come out before I buy, should I go with those? Or are the current motherboards probably going to be good enough?And also, how much space minimum should I get for the ssd for the system drive?
  5. And now with some of the changes you guys suggested, I'm down to $1658 (excluding keyboard, monitor)! I replaced the i7 with the i5, the 1000W PSU to Corsair 850W, and took out the two ssds and put in one Crucial M4 128Gb. (Is Crucial good?) And the reason I haven't replaced the two EVGAs is because I'm going to probably be actually purchasing and building mid-late summer, so by then Kepler should be out, and I want to see how those look. Any other suggestions?
  6. case:
    Fractal Design Arc Midi Black - $100

    Intel Core i5-2500K - $225

    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $130

    G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB F3-1600C9D-8GAB - $45

    LG DVD Burner 24X GH24NS70 - $19

    Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB - $125

    Plextor M3 Pro Series PX-128M3P 2.5" 128GB - $235

    PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W - $130 after rebate

    CORSAIR CAFA70 - $30 after rebate

    PowerColor AX7950 3GBD5-2DH - $465

    just leave it blank for kepler....
  7. HAF-X would be a worthy upgrade to the 932 .... however a CM PSU would not be my choice.... a 750 watter will do if ya don't do anything more than a moderate OC, so I' suggest an 850 watter.

    Other options to consider include the Corsair 500R an my personal favorite, the Antec 1200 V3 or DF-85 w/ CP-850.

    First Choices (10.0 jonnyguru performance rating):

    Antec CP-850

    Antec SG-850

    Corsair HX850

    XFX Black Edition

    Second Choices (9.5 jonnyguru performance rating):

    Antec TPQ-850

    Antec HCG-900

    Corsair TX V2

    Corsai AX-850

    XFX Core Edition 850

    Seasonic MD12 850

    NZXT Hale90

    Third Choices (9.0 jonnyguru performance rating)

    Antec HCP-850

    Enermax Revolution 85+


    Toughpower XT 850 (8.5)

    OCZ Z Series 850 (8.5)

    Silverstone Element ST85EF (6.0)

    CPU - You've picked the 2600k which to my mind, at current pricing is a CPU w/o a market niche. For a gaming box, you don't need hyperthreading so ya can save $100 by getting the 2500k.....In addition, the 2600k on that Noctua cooler will run as hot as a 2500k on a much cheaper cooler as the added virtual cores increase heat, so ya can save another $35. If you can justify the extra $100 for the 2600k cause apps you haven't mentioned will use HT, then how can ya not justify an extra $40 for the 2700k ?

    MoBo - Solid choice

    Cooler - Noc is a cooler with fine thermal performance and the one I'd pick if not for the Phanteks and Silver Arrow .... both of which are in its performance and price class. I love the Arrow cause it runs dead silent even at 5 GHz ..... The Phanteks however will be in my next build....and I'm not a fan of the self contained water units for several reasons.....

    a) H series coolers are noisy ... The Antec 620 is quiet but the 920 is noisy too.
    b) If you have chosen a MoBo because it has nice spacing between the SLI'd GFX cards, this oft results in the top GFX card hitting the radiator when mounted at the back of the case.,11.html

    GFX - Agree with ya on the twin 560 Ti's .... clearly the best bang for the buck over $200.....862 fps @ 48 cents per frame (nothing else really comes close). Where we disagree is in the model choice:

    a) $235 for factory OC'd card at 850 Mhz .... can get 900Mhz cards for as little as $205.
    b) EVGA cards (560's and 570's) for all but the "Classified" models use the reference VRM's severely curtailing their overclock ability. This is also true of the MSI Twin Frozr models (Lightning and Hawk have beefed up VRM's).
    c) EVGA has a nice warranty ..... on paper .... but good luck trying to get a card re[placement because your factory OC'd card won't run at advertised speeds. I spent 18 months, 20 support calls and 5 RMA's and still never got a card that would run at factory OC'd speeds.

    I'd suggest the Gigabyte or Asus TOP models both of which are cheaper, have higher factory over clocks and have 7 phase VRM models which allows them to handle higher overclocks.

    For "bang for the buck" comparisons, look at the cost per frame in Guru3D's game test suite in the table below. Highlighting your choice below for example, the factory OC'd 560 Ti's get 495 fps in a single card configuration at $0.41 per frame and 862 fps in SLI at $0.48 per frame. I can't see going past $0.65ish per frame ....especially for example when , say twin 580's for example, ya get just 10% more performance for a 120% increase in price.

    $ 220.00 6950 (479/751) $ 0.46 - $ 0.59
    $ 240.00 6950 Frozr OC (484/759) $ 0.50 - $ 0.63
    $ 205.00 560 Ti (455/792) $ 0.45 - $ 0.52
    $ 320.00 6970 (526/825) $ 0.61 - $ 0.78
    $ 205.00 560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $ 0.41 - $ 0.48
    $ 340.00 570 (524/873) $ 0.65 - $ 0.78
    $ 500.00 580 (616/953) $ 0.81 - $ 1.05
    $ 725.00 6990 (762/903) $ 0.95 - $ 1.61
    $ 750.00 590 (881/982) $ 0.85 - $ 1.53
    $ 450.00 7950 (603/NG*) $ 0.75 - ERR
    $ 550.00 7970 (675/NG*) $ 0.81 - ERR

    * Did not complete significant number of games in test, expected to be resolved in future driver releases

    RAM - Lose the tall, toothy heat sinks which can oft interfere with ya CPU cooler. The ones you picked aren't as tall as many but why bother as these toothed heat sinks are wholly unnecessary on DDR3. These are low profile, will not interfere with the Noctua DH-14 or any other of the coolers above.|20-233-196^20-233-196-TS%2C20-233-186^20-233-186-TS%2C20-233-199^20-233-199-TS

    SSD - If you are expecting anything but bragging rights for benchmark cores, you will be disappointed by RAID. There is no observable impact in gaming or any other consumer level application..... video editing, CAD, huge database manipulation, servers, yes...... gaming, web, office You also, at least for the time being, (Intel says chipset level support for trim in RAID is "coming") lose TRIM support.

    Get a Tier 3, 120 / 128 GB or if budget allows a 240 / 256 GB Tier 1 SSD from the lists here:,3115-6.html

    Hard Drive - I'd recommend the larger 2TB or 3TB Barrcuda XT as opposed to small RAID setups. I put one of these XT's in Son No. 2's box....... it boots to Windows in 21.2 seconds .... he also has Vertex 3 Max IOPS (Tier 3 which is the fastest tier at 120/128GB size) which boots to Windows just 5.6 seconds faster in 15.6 secs. If ya performance oriented, avoid energy saving HD's oft labeled green or other colors as they save energy primarily by being slower.

    ....for where RAID works and where it doesn't, see the thread here:

    Optical - In a 2k box, consider a burner that can read Blue Ray.

    Monitor - In a 2k build, I'd try and squeeze a 120Hz monitor in there
  8. For $40 cheaper, you can get the Planar sa2311w monitor. It is also 120Hz.
    Here is a review of it:
  9. Ivy bridge and Kepler, nuff said..... :sol:
  10. Instead of basing it off theory, actually wait until they release Kepler before being a fanboy about it. :P
  11. azeem40 said:
    Instead of basing it off theory, actually wait until they release Kepler before being a fanboy about it. :P
    i didnt say not to wait, in fact what i meant by that comment was to wait for Ivy bridge and kepler to make a final decision, no hard feelings tho. I can admit i do seem a bit of fanboyish
  12. man the best bang for buck u are going to get is by getting a 6950 and unlocking it and u get the performance of 6970 at the cost of 6950 :)
    do u guys agree
  13. Best answer selected by llguitargr8.
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