First Build $1000-1700 Budget

Hello,
I have been gaming for quite some time and my last build took a crash over a year ago and have been gaming on a stock HP computer and im tired of it. I have never built a system before but my brother recently put together a nice rig and feel we should be able to make another one. I am looking for the best bang for my dollar. I also look to do some work and typical daily use along with being able to upgrade in the future. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: This Month.

Budget Range: $1000-1700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Web Design, Photo/Video Editing, Movies, daily pc use..

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel, but open to all ideas

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes Eventually

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Looking to play all the newest games and upcoming ones also, best bang for my buck.

Here is a build I recently put together, but looking for improvements:

CPU: Intel Core I7 2600k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070 $324.99

CASE: NZXT Phantom http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146067 $119.99

PSU: Antec High Current Gamer Series 750W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049 $104.99

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986 $99.99

MOBO: ASRock extreme3 gen3 LGA1155 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 $129.99

SSD: Crucial M4 64GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441 $93.99

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&cm_sp=Cat_Hard_Drives-_-Spotlight-_-22-152-181 $84.99

MEM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144 $44.99

GPU: up in the air.. was looking at 7950s but dont know what is best at the moment. ($300-600)

CDD: ASUS 24x DVD Burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204 $21.99

TOTAL: $1,025.91 before any rebates or shipping (GPU not included)
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  1. Atm, the best is the 7970, then the 7950, then the GTX 580 fermi. For your budget and where you stand right now, get an ASUS P8Z68 V/Gen3 Motherboard. Get low profile RAM - those large heatsinks on the RAM do nothing for DDR3 Memory.
  2. swap out the asrock board for this one. it is excellent

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131792

    also the ocz zx psu's are very good, the 850 watt version is like $60 more than your current

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341044

    and id go with either the gtx 580, hd 7950, or 7970, or wait and see how kepler is. paper launch tomorrow :D

    EDIT: take a look at these benchmarks.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7950-overclock-crossfire-benchmark,3123-7.html

    if those end up bringing the price too high my choice would be to go with the 2500k since the 2600 is only hyperthreaded, 100 mhz faster, and has a 2mb bigger cache. imo, not worth the 100 price jump
  3. I'd say those are pretty good specs already and yes I do agree with azeem's recommendation. The 7950 is a great card, but if you're expecting something less expensive get the 7870 although it's only available starting next week I believe. With that budget though, I'm sure you can get the 7950.
  4. Yes, the 7870 should be available on the 15th IIRC.
  5. I agree the 2500K is better(cause it's cheaper) for gaming, but if you're doing some serious video editing, the hyper-threaded 2600K is more preferable.
  6. I'd say those are pretty good specs already and yes I do agree with azeem's recommendation.
  7. azeem40 said:
    Atm, the best is the 7970, then the 7950, then the GTX 580 fermi. For your budget and where you stand right now, get an ASUS P8Z68 V/Gen3 Motherboard. Get low profile RAM - those large heatsinks on the RAM do nothing for DDR3 Memory.

    Thanks for the input, I will look into the new board and the lower profile RAM. I will also wait to see if the 7870 competes any where close to the 7950.
  8. Lennon95 said:
    swap out the asrock board for this one. it is excellent

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131792

    also the ocz zx psu's are very good, the 850 watt version is like $60 more than your current

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341044

    and id go with either the gtx 580, hd 7950, or 7970, or wait and see how kepler is. paper launch tomorrow :D

    EDIT: take a look at these benchmarks.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7950-overclock-crossfire-benchmark,3123-7.html

    if those end up bringing the price too high my choice would be to go with the 2500k since the 2600 is only hyperthreaded, 100 mhz faster, and has a 2mb bigger cache. imo, not worth the 100 price jump

    Thank you for the post, I am looking into all parts and am undecided on the CPU as I knew the 2500k competes at the same level as the 2600k in gaming but was worried about video editing. Will I need the extra 100W of power?
  9. If you're planning on crossfire 2 7950 , 750W or 850W is more than enough for 2 7870, 650W is enough. Most people would prefer 850W for 2 7950 for more headroom and I agree but I wouldn't go for OCZ psu. I'd rather choose corsair, seasonic or antec. OCZ had issues with their psu and I know this from a few products I had in the past
  10. XFX is another great PSU manufacturer and have one of the longest warranties as well.
  11. BigPapa89 said:
    Thank you for the post, I am looking into all parts and am undecided on the CPU as I knew the 2500k competes at the same level as the 2600k in gaming but was worried about video editing. Will I need the extra 100W of power?


    there isn't a large jump in power consumption between the 2 cpus (if any, not 100% sure)

    use this power supply calculator, a lot of people overestimate real world power consumption.

    http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine

    for example a lot of people think for sli gtx 580s you'd need nothing less than 1000 watts however playing around with that calc proves that with 2 (stock) 580s, a stock 2500k, sata 7200 rpm, 4 case fans and water cooling, (h60) only needs 691 watts. however I wouldn't go with anything less than 850 because I would definitely overclock.
  12. ^I agree with you. The basics is to never skimp out on the psu but most people overestimate TOO much. For 2 580s I'd say 750W is also enough but for more headroom, 850W is better. There are some who would suggest something like 1000W+ psu just to waste money on the psu itself
  13. EzioAs said:
    If you're planning on crossfire 2 7950 , 750W or 850W is more than enough for 2 7870, 650W is enough. Most people would prefer 850W for 2 7950 for more headroom and I agree but I wouldn't go for OCZ psu. I'd rather choose corsair, seasonic or antec. OCZ had issues with their psu and I know this from a few products I had in the past

    Thank you for the help, I believe im going to wait for the release of the 7850 and 7870 in the following week to see how they perform as I saw that they perform pretty closely to the 7950 for a decent amount of money less. Will probably upgrade to a 850W psu just for future security.
  14. Low Profile RAM: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148544 $41.99
  15. BigPapa89 said:
    Low Profile RAM: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148544 $41.99


    Pretty good kit there. Low profile so it shouldn't have any problem with any large air cooler
  16. EzioAs said:
    Pretty good kit there. Low profile so it shouldn't have any problem with any large air cooler

    It also is tied for the lowest failure rates with Kingston HyperX.
  17. Found a different PSU: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703028 $149.99
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