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$2000 Gaming/Development Build

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May 2, 2012 4:29:52 PM

Any improvements upon my proposed build would be much appreciated. I had a lot of trouble deciding on a case and am wondering if any came out more recently than the one I've selected that may better suit my needs.

Approximate Purchase Date: 5-15-12

Budget Range: $1500 - $2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Software Development

Parts Not Required: Monitor, OS, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, Amazon.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: No preference

Additional Comments: Will be using a two monitor setup for a while, maybe upgrading to three monitors at some point.

Rough Draft: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7Dzq

CPU
Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
$349.99

CPU Cooler
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
$29.99

Motherboard
Asus P8Z77-V DELUXE ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
$269.99

Memory
G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
$114.99

Hard Drive
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
$109.99

SSD
Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
$124.00

Video Card
MSI Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card
$479.98

Case
Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case
$199.99

Power Supply
Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
$134.99

Optical Drive
LG GH22NS90B DVD/CD Writer
$16.99

Total After Rebates: $1770.89
May 3, 2012 6:27:25 PM

I'm also considering going with a GTX 680 graphics card, but they seem to be out of stock everywhere. If anyone has any information on where I can get them in the US, that would be very helpful also.
May 3, 2012 8:53:54 PM

Unfortunately I don't have anything productive to add. I do have to say that I have been looking for a 2k build as a starting point for myself. And I am keeping a sharp eye on your post hoping people give some insightful advice.

Looks like you would be set for several years to come with that GPU, CPU, and PSU. Love it!
May 4, 2012 5:32:52 PM

My thoughts exactly. My current pc is bottle necking hard on a very old CPU, so my number one goal was to focus on the most powerful cpu within my price range.
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