Hey guys,

My name is mikerroni and I'm a gamer. :) Nuff said..

However, I could like to get back into PC gaming, not that there is anything wrong with Xbox 360; except I want to build a custom rig with plenty of power.

In all honesty, without soundling like a douche bag with more money than brains; and as if I am trying to brag (which I am not).
My budget for new custom desktop gaming PC is $ 2, 500.00 cash. This money does not include a monitor because I plan on using my Samsung LED 46' LED Series 6000 TV as my monitor.

So, where the much needed expert opinions come in is I have no idea what is high end, of the mid or low range for CPU, GPU, RAM, SSD, etc.

To the best of my knowledge; I do believe I have selected a decent gaming pc from a reputable company here in Canada; however, I do not know the difference between components anymore? Nor have I followed this sort of trend in over 5 years since my last custom pc.. lol... Also, I am currently on a Dell studio XPS 1640, which I love but I can't help but feel like I would like a custom desktop PC, again, for gaming! :) Bare in mind, the type of gaming I do is FPS, as I do not have the attention span to play anything but FPS.

What is the difference between i7-3820 and i7-2700K? I understand the main difference is 2 MB cache level but I am a gamer; never will I run some ridiculous program that requires extensive power to run; such as, photoshop, video editing, etc. (I am a terrible nub and only use computers for reading, researching, writing, and of course, pirating, video gaming and sometimes trolling the web). As you can clearly see; although 2500 dollars may be over kill for a PC, and I'm sure it is considering the mundane nature of my usage; however, I cannot help but want the best!

What's the difference between process (bare in mind Intel is preferred), mother boards running fancy processors, memory needed, video card for gaming?

I haven't the slighest idea and I am terribly sorry for the inconvenience and any and all help with suggested reasonable parts for my new custom PC would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Mike H
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  1. So I will help you select parts for your computer if you fill this out on here.
  2. Thanks, will do shortly. Have to continue studying for final exams.
  3. Good evening,

    Approximate Purchase Date: On or before May 21, 2012.

    Budget Range: $ 2,500.00

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies and my academics (reading, researching, writing, authoring).

    Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, monitor (although I am willing to spend extra on a potential monitor), or speakers.

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: - Calgary, AB

    Country: No idea? Globalization>International Relations>Economics??

    Parts Preferences: Processor - Intel i7 (price range, $ 275-350), mother board - a good one? (price range, $ 200-350), video card - Radeon 7970 (price range, $ 500, 650), memory - top quality16 gigs (price range, $200), HDD - 1 terabyte @ 7200 RPM SATA III w/ 32 or 64 meg cache; best of the best (price range, $ 150), optical drive (price range, $ 100), cooling unit - any (price range, $ 150), power supply - 850 watts of continuance power with high voltage; constant amperage (price range, $ 200), case - any but has to be plain, black and high gloss finish (no fancy gaming cases, something elegant) (Price range, $ 100-200), OS - Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional, OEM 64 bit (price range, $ 120-240?).

    As you can see, I have a general idea of what I want to use for hardware, spend but everything else: power supply, second hard drive (SSD), optical drive, and case. I have no idea what I'm looking for or what size case will be needed to house this hardware.

    Overclocking: (NOPE) - No / Maybe

    SLI or Crossfire: (Unsure/what's this?) Yes / No / Maybe

    Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 - will be using my Samsung series 6000 46' LED TV.

    Additional Comments: bare balls and all, I want something black, high glossy finish (case, optical drive, anything missing?), do not care about noise. I have speaker system: Bose companion III Series 2 - multimedia premium speak system (this is alright but my Z-5500 kicked the *** out of this pansy system!).

    Although my budget is around $ 2, 500.00 dollars, comfortably, for my new potential desktop gaming PC. I would like to add that this does not mean I wish to spend my allotted budget of $ 2, 500.00 dollars. This is where the fine experts of this forum, I trust, will provide me with reasonable insight in my quest to increase my e-pen0s size, exponentially.
  4. - Asus G75VW

    This is my new laptop. I waited for the launch of the 690 video card and said FORGET it once I looked at the price..... $1000 dollars, seriously?

    So, I opted to purchase an ultra high end gaming laptop and this is what I found at memory express.

    The total cost including shipping and taxes is $ 2, 215.69 but the unit it self is $ 2, 099.00

    However, memory express in Calgary Canada will not physically have any of these Asus G75VW laptops in stock until around May 27th; which is what they told me. So I hope I will physically receive my new laptop on or before May 31st.

    Some of the specs for this beast of a laptop are:

    Intel Core i7-3610QM (2.3GHz)
    Chipset Intel® HM77
    Memory 16GB DDR3
    16GB max
    Display 17.3" FHD (1920x1080)
    Graphics NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 670M with 3GB GDDR5 VRAM

    Storage 750GB 7200RPM + 256G SSD
    Optical Drive Blu-ray writer enabled DVD±RW/CD-RW
    Card Reader 3 -in-1 card reader ( SD/ MS/ MMC)

    I'll be sure to do a review once I physically receive this laptop.. It's like christmas, except I'm a 28 year old man and just bought a new fancy pants PC, and my friends and family wonder why I don't own a car? Pfft... Who needs a car when I have a pretty bad ass laptop and extremely nice electronics!


    PS: I do believe I made one hell of a good choice on this product. The specs are decent and from my understanding; this unit is brand new and probably damn near top of the line with exception to that one laptop I saw with the 675M video card.. Can't remember who it was who made that one?
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