$2000 Gaming PC: Please Review

Hello. I plan on making a gaming pc. The components I have put together sum up to about $2000 with tax and shipping. Since this is such an investment, I would appreciate it if some of you guys would review my components.

I made a wishlist on Newegg to make things easier to review.

Wishlist: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=19275985


Approximate Purchase Date: this Thursday

Budget Range: about $1800 before rebates/tax/shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, browsing the internet, watching videos/streams/movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Radeon GPU, Corsair case

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: I would like to have a case with a window. I also want to keep the Crucial Ballistix memory and blue LED fans. Basically I want my pc to just as good as it's going to perform :)
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  1. Bump!
  2. Post the wishlist here, I'm denied access to it.
  3. It is cuz he didn't hyperlink the whole url.
  4. Sorry, I just edited the link. It should work now.
  5. Ditch the Tooth. Get a Extreme4 ASRock Z77 Board. The Tooth has features you might never use. Use the $ saved to get a 128GB Crucial M4. Drop the strap, the H100 to a 212 EVO, and the 200mm fan.
  6. Thanks for the comment.
    Could you please explain what features you are talking about on the sabertooth? And I plan on OCing to about 4.5ghz, can the 212 EVO handle that? And why drop the 200mm fan?
    Thanks.
  7. I would actually say that rig is fine, and since your a bit from your budget, the extra fans aren't a problem.

    The hard drive you have listed is awfully expensive, it may be better than the one I suggest (Seagate Barracuda 1TB) but it cant be $50 better.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840

    With the money saved on the HDD, you can get a bigger SSD!
    128GB Crucial M4 should cover you.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

    For another $10 you can get the pre-overclocked Sapphire 7950. Save yourself some hassle overclocking and looks like it has a black PCB instead of Blue so may look better as well.

    Good luck with the build.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102991
  8. If this is for gaming then it's all about Frames Per Second. Obviously that means the gtx 670 and newegg has most of them back in stock now.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5818/nvidia-geforce-gtx-670-review-feat-evga <----- gtx 670 review with benchmarks

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-review,3200.html <----- gtx 670 review with benchmarks

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-670-review/ <----- gtx 670 review with benchmarks

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20600315498%20600311820&IsNodeId=1&name=GeForce%20GTX%20670 $400
    gtx 670

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.939018 $334.98 save: $15.00 - $15.00 Mail In Rebates
    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
    CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.937120 $124.98 save: $13.00
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.917432 $189.98 save: $10.00 - $20.00 Mail In Rebates
    CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.921089 $344.98 save: $20.00
    ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-120G-G25 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/10476/kw/SanDisk%20Extreme%20SDSSDX-120G-G25 <----- recent firmware update for that Sandisk SSD
  9. Wow thanks for the combos, I didn't notice that.
  10. Don't buy into the hype!
    Thats the advice I got from some serious over-clockers that have been in the industry for many years.

    I asked about building a nice gaming system, they said buy the motherboard, ram and CPU all under £500 and spend around £500 on a Graphics card.

    The days where games were CPU intensive are long gone, now its all on the graphics card, not the cpu, the ram or anything.


    I would say for that price, get a high range gtx690 if you can or a 680.

    A 690 is 2 680's together..

    A 680 over clocked could be better than a 670 sli.

    Don't worry bout the anything else....But if you need other uses or want future proof, then get standard range of everything and spend more on the GPU.


    Me I want future proofing more, but for hardcore gaming, a great card and a PSU, you don't really need more than 4gb ram for gaming, or a expensive motherboard. As long as the Mobo runs the card and the processor.
  11. With $2000 I would think you should beable to Crossfire/SLI now instead of in the future.
  12. xdrake said:
    Don't buy into the hype!
    Thats the advice I got from some serious over-clockers that have been in the industry for many years.

    I asked about building a nice gaming system, they said buy the motherboard, ram and CPU all under £500 and spend around £500 on a Graphics card.

    The days where games were CPU intensive are long gone, now its all on the graphics card, not the cpu, the ram or anything.


    I would say for that price, get a high range gtx690 if you can or a 680.

    A 690 is 2 680's together..

    A 680 over clocked could be better than a 670 sli.

    Don't worry bout the anything else....But if you need other uses or want future proof, then get standard range of everything and spend more on the GPU.


    Me I want future proofing more, but for hardcore gaming, a great card and a PSU, you don't really need more than 4gb ram for gaming, or a expensive motherboard. As long as the Mobo runs the card and the processor.

    A stock gtx 680 gets around 5 - 7 fps more than a stock gtx 670 yet it cost $100 more. It takes all of a few minutes to over clock a gtx 670 without upping the voltage to where it surpasses the stock gtx 680 by a few fps. Two cards in SLI = $200 difference. So ya, I would say the gtx 670 is pretty much a no brainer.
  13. Would a 670 OC or a 7950 OC give better FPS?
  14. fourslice said:
    Would a 670 OC or a 7950 OC give better FPS?

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5818/nvidia-geforce-gtx-670-review-feat-evga <----- gtx 670 review with benchmarks

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-review,3200.html <----- gtx 670 review with benchmarks

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-670-review/ <----- gtx 670 review with benchmarks
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