Design/Gaming Build under $2000

Approximate Purchase Date: By end of April

Budget Range: Under $2000, but am striving to spend 1700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Graphic Design, Gaming

Parts Not Required: None

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: /

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Only Big name brands

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Not now, but maybe in the future.

Additional Comments: I am open to using an AMD GPU if something looks worth it.


CPU - Intel Core i7-2700K Sandy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo)
GPU - ASUS HD7950-DC2T-3GD5 Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5
RAM - CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
PSU - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850M 850W ATX12V v2.31
SSD - Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III 6.0Gb/s
HDD - Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s
ROM - ASUS Black Blu-ray Burner SATA BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS (Open to different BD-RW drives)
CASE - NZXT Crafted Series Tempest 410 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Slot Cooler - AOC FC-2000 PCI Slot Case Cooler (Not dead-set on this, but it got good reviews)
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  1. I think this looks like a solid build. If you are wanting to SLI/Crossfire later then I would suggest getting a higher watt powersupply (1000 or 1200) just so you can plenty clean power from your PSU. I understand you want it to be 1700 but your would be cutting somewhere. Your GPU or CPU more then likely.

    Case is a bit cheap but will work just fine.

    You said you will NEVER overclock so you could cut 140 bucks by getting:

    then maybe getting a aftermarket cooler like:


    that will run the CPU nice a cool. The stock fans on the i7s are ok but most people from what I have seen get atleast a 212 cooler.

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  2. I agree with lc on the CPU: the 2700K is a waste unless you plan to OC. I'd even suggest the i5 2500 as it is clocked at a mere 100 MHz undet the i7 2600.

    I'd recommend a much better case. Your case is a very important component and cheapness in a case can provide rotten cooling. I recommend something like this:
    or this:
    or this:

    You could consider 1600 RAM or even 2133 RAM.
  3. case: corsair 600t
    if you want a full tower i recommend the cooler master haf x
    mobo: asus p8z68-v pro
    very well known and popular umong the non-overclockers and even the lower bidget overclockers
    cpu: intel i5 2500k
    way popular and the i7 2600k and 2700k have virtually NO advantage over it
    cpu cooler: cooler master hyper 212 evo
    VERY well known just look at how many reviews it has
    video card: amd radeon hd 7970
    this is the best card on the planet. period.
    ram: g.skill ripjaws x series 8gb
    it looks AWESOME!!! and it has EIGHT GIGABYTES. OOOOOOOOO
    hhd: western digital 500gb
    you can also get 1tb 1.5tb or 2tb
    ssd: crucial m4 64gb
    great, cheap ssd thats widely known
    psu: corsair ax850
    this is probably the most popular, well known, all around good psu known to man!
    optical drive: lg black 12x bd-rom
    well... its an optical drive... not really much to say about SOME pc parts and if you dont care about blu-ray then get a sony 24x multi
  4. Quote:
    kcsmacker says:
    If you are wanting to SLI/Crossfire later then I would suggest getting a higher watt powersupply (1000 or 1200) just so you can plenty clean power from your PSU.

    Crossfiring two 7950's only requires a 750W PSU, running on an i7 OC'd. Check out this link:

    And in response to non-OC, I want the option to OC so I'd prefer the i7 2600k or 2700k, but OC is not a huge priority.
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