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First Gaming Rig Build. Ever. $2000 or Less.

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May 28, 2012 7:07:14 AM

Hi Everyone,
I am planning on building a new gaming rig hoping to support high end games on their maximum settings, i.e.: BFBC2, Diablo 3, etc. This will be my first build, ever. I would appreciate all and any friendly advice. I have been reading several posts about building gaming rigs but still, this realm is very new and extremely unfamiliar to me. I have heard great things of the Intel i7 2600k Sandy Bridge and the ability to overclock to speeds of 4.6ghz or so. (I read this was relatively easy in which case I will be attempting to do). Thanks in advance! Please be patient!

Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))

Budget Range: <$2000: Rebates appreciated

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, video streaming (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime), photo/movie processing, internet browsing.

Parts Not Required: N/A

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, Amazon.com (I have several gift cards :D )

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia (I grew up on these...that's as far as my knowledge of these products go unfortunately)

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: I was reading about the EVGA GeForce GTX 580ti 448 Core Classified Ultra as being a great gfx card, will take any suggestions from the peanut gallery.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200; I need a monitor as well.

Additional Comments: I would prefer a quiet PC. Longevity is of interest as well. I would like to get the "best bang for my buck" in terms of having a rig that stays up to par in being able to run games in the future for about 5 years (I understand how difficult that may sound, but I suppose I could dream).

Thanks community, I appreciate all the input.

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a b 4 Gaming
May 28, 2012 4:13:29 PM

I think the graphics card you were referring to is probably the GTX 560Ti 448 cores, not the GTX 580Ti 448. The GTX 560Ti 448 would be good in terms of performance but I'd aim for something less power hungry if you want a quiet PC. The HD 7850 2GB gives similar performance while consuming less power, meaning it will probably be quieter.

I would avoid overclocking if you want something quiet as well, perhaps just leave it open as an option and do it when you need to.

An i7 will have almost no benefit over an i5 in games and the i5 is far cheaper too.

If you want something truly quiet, I'd get something like this:

Intel Core i5-3570k
2x4GB G.Skill Ares 1600Mhz
ASRock Z77 Extreme4
ASUS HD 7850 2GB
Intel 520 Series 180GB
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200RPM
Seasonic X-560 560W
Antec P280 Mid Tower Case
EDIT: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo
ASUS DVD Burner

Total would be around $1300-1400 for the system itself. Now you could use a higher end graphics card here but as a rule, high end graphics cards aren't quiet. The reason for this is that they consume far more power than mid range models and therefore become a lot harder to cool so the fans have to work quite hard. The HD 7850 though is very power efficient, you can still get ultra high settings @ 1920x1080 on any current game while consuming close to half the power of much higher end cards.

With the rest of the cash I would get a full retail copy of Windows 7 Home Premium (this version allows you to reinstall at a later date without having to buy a new copy). Should should bring you to ~$1500, I would then get a nice IPS monitor like the Dell U2412M.

After all of that you still have ~$200 for speakers, mouse and keyboard. These however are personal preference so I'll leave that to you.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 28, 2012 4:16:21 PM

I forgot to add a CPU cooler, you could also get the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo in that build for the same price. That cooler is fantastic value for money and very quiet.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 28, 2012 4:39:04 PM

with a 2k build go for a 670/7970 (670 is always out of stock :(  )

pretty much what you want is up there above me

if you live near a microcenter you will save major cash like

1) i5 3570k for $190
2) ASrock extreme4 $90
3) Crucial 8GB DDR3-1600 for $40

all 3 of those items right there is pretty much the building blocks of your computer all you would need that is necessary
1)Burner
2)GPU
3)HDD
4)PSU
5)Case

optional would be
1)SSD (recommend it for the price of your build)
2) Sound card
3) LED lights
4) extra fans
5) aftermarket Heatsink (recommend)
6) speakers
7) headset
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a b 4 Gaming
May 28, 2012 5:25:38 PM

Those cards would give better performance but will be louder and more expensive. If you want a truly quiet PC I'd stick to the HD 7850. If you think you can cope with a bit more noise, the GTX 670 is a much better performer.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 28, 2012 6:48:52 PM

+1 for jmsellars1 and boulbox suggestions.


http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-CC-9... $116.16 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW

http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/... <----- another look at that case

http://www.amazon.com/PC-Power-Cooling-Performance-comp... $106.85 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $134.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme... <----- review of that board w/benchmarks

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extre... <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios (make sure you update to the latest bios)

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-3570K-Processor-BX8063... $236.48 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Intel Core i5 3570K Processor 3.4 4 BX80637I53570K

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-2... $34.75 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Profile-PC3-128... $49.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 8 (2x4GB Module) GB PC3-12800 1600mhz 240-Pin DDR3 Dual Channel Memory Kit SDRAM CML8GX3M2A1600C9

http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD-RW-Serial-Internal-DR... $17.99 Free Standard Shipping (3-5 days)
Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-SSDNow-240GB-SVP200S3-24... $209.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Kingston SSDNow V+200 240GB SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5" Solid State Drive SVP200S3/240G

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... $400 - $420
GTX 670 2GB Video Card

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5818/nvidia-geforce-gtx-6... <----- gtx 670 review with benchmarks

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

Total: $1,507.18


http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Optical-Gaming-High-Prec... $38.05 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Logitech Optical Gaming Mouse G400 with High-Precision 3600 DPI Optical Engine (910-002277)

http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-920-002232-Gaming-Keyboa... $61.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Logitech Gaming Keyboard G110

or...

http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-JQD-00001-SideWinder-X4... $47.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Microsoft SideWinder X4 Keyboard

http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/other?redirect=true&rh=... <----- Headsets. I prefer Analog over USB. The sound comes out cleaner imo.

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CA-9011111-WW-Vengeance-A... $69.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair CA-9011111-WW Vengeance 1300 Analog Gaming Headset

http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Channel-Sound-Card-XONAR_DG/... $26.97 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS PCI 5.1 Channel Sound Card XONAR_DG

http://www.amazon.com/Asus-VS238H-P-23-Inch-Integrated-... $164.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Asus VS238H-P 23-Inch Full-HD LED Monitor with Integrated Speakers | LED Backlit with 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio; Full 1080P with HDMI

or...

http://www.amazon.com/VS228H-P-21-5-Inch-Full-HD-Monito... $129.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full-HD LED Monitor (Black) | LED Backlit with 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio; Full 1080P with HDMI
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