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$2000 - $2500 First Time Gaming Build. Good for 3 years.

Approximate Purchase Date: 3 or 4 months

Budget Range: $2000 - $2500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet, Word

Parts Not Required: N/A, built from scratch

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Nvidia GPU preferred, Intel Z68 mobo, 750W or 850W PSU, 8GB RAM (2 x 4GB), CPU cooler compatible with i5 2500k

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Not sure if I want to SLI. Want a Video Card that will be relevant for up to 3 years. Almost exclusively used for gaming. I'm not sure if I want to go SSD or Mechanical HD. Like I said, it'll take 3 or 4 months for me to save up, but I want to have a rig that will be able to play the latest games on high for at least 2 or 3 years. Will be playing at 1920x1080 and 1920x1200 resolutions.


*** means I have already made up my mind to buy this part


Here's what I have planned for now:

Case - COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans
Mobo - ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
GPU - EVGA 03G-P3-1584-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
PSU - CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3
CPU - ***Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost)
RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
Storage - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Keyboard - ***Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard
Monitor - ***Dell UltraSharp U2412M Black 24" 8ms Pivot
Mouse - ***Logitech G9x Black Two modes scroll USB Wired Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse
DVD Drive - ***ASUS 24X DVD Burner
OS - ***Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Wireless Adpater - TP-LINK TL-WN722N Wireless Adapter High Gain IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0
CPU Fan - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler
Speakers - ***Logitech Z523 40 Watts RMS 2.1 Speaker System

Thoughts?
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  1. Your build looks cool -- the only thing I´d change is the CPU cooler. Try this one COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
  2. Everything looks good.

    Consider waiting for the AMD/ATI Radeon HD 7850.

    Also, idk from where you're getting your parts from, but check: if the Hyper 212 EVO is not too much more expensive, you can get a bit cooler temps for a bit more $$.

    Really worth it to go with an SSD. Check if the prices are good, go with a 120GB and separate mechanical drive (you can downgrade to a WD Caviar Blue or Seagate Barracuda 7200.12.

    Otherwise, nice build!
  3. Purchase date in 3-4 months? Why dont you come back in 3-4 months and let us know what you want.

    The hardware lanscape will have completely changed with ivy and keplar (since your an NVIDIA guy) coming out.
  4. Chainzsaw said:
    Purchase date in 3-4 months? Why dont you come back in 3-4 months and let us know what you want.

    The hardware lanscape will have completely changed with ivy and keplar (since your an NVIDIA guy) coming out.



    ^^^ Agree, see you in 3-4months...

    You can pick up Ivy Bridge and 680 by then..maybe even nvidia's/amd's new dual gpu card. Also why do you not have an SSD listed for a $2500 Build????? That would be a terrible mistake.

    Can look at Corsairs 2.1 speaker system. I hear its pretty good for a low budget system.

    IMO wireless blows for desktops. My laptop's card runs much better then my asus cards for w/e reason.

    Everything else would be fine if this post wasn't premature.
  5. Chainzsaw said:
    Purchase date in 3-4 months? Why dont you come back in 3-4 months and let us know what you want.

    The hardware lanscape will have completely changed with ivy and keplar (since your an NVIDIA guy) coming out.


    ^+1 unfortunately. If you were buying right now, what you've picked mixed and matched with what we've suggested is pretty much the best you could get.

    However, in a couple of months who knows?
  6. Should I plan to SLI? Would that make the GTX 580 more relevant in a few months? I heard someone say for SLI you should go for a 1000W PSU.

    Should the i5 2500k be good for a while?
  7. I really hate bumping. Sorry!
  8. Best answer
    Are yous till planning on buying in 3-4 months? And don't bump posts.. it's against the forum rules. On that note - you do know it takes time for us people here to respond, don't you?!

    A gold certified 1000W PSU would do well. Especially with the new GPU's requiring less power.

    By the way - in 3-4 months Keplar will be out making the GTX 580 obsolete....which it already is, thanks to the 7950.
  9. Best answer selected by vegito7192.
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