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June 5, 2012 1:17:42 AM

Hi everybody,

I'm new to this, but hopefully I'm getting this right. Right to business

Approximate Purchase Date: Will be buying products one by one from lest price to greatest. Will be buying the day that I get tips, advice, and help

Budget Range: ($2000.00) Before Rebates (Can be a little over 2000.00 if its a good deal or a worthily product thats needed)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, recording while gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies,

Parts Not Required: Monitor, speakers, mouse, keyboard. (Will buy them later(if you have any advice would be appreciated))

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Any I don't care as long as its a good product and will last.

Overclocking: Yes (Wanted to asked what is Overclocking? Is it good?)

SLI or Crossfire: I don't know. The one thats better for gaming and recording.

Monitor Resolution: Getting that later, and what ever the video card demands.

Additional Comments: Would like the tower black, with neon lights, Noise doesn't bother me as long as it isn't sounding like a jet. If you need to go cheap, go cheap on the tower, and the hard drive it doesn't have to be big 250gb is great, no less though. If a product is out of stock, I don't' care I'll wait. I'm not a guru just to let y'all know. So explain it in a simple way if you can.


Thank you.

Benjamin
June 5, 2012 1:32:16 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9tRc

Here is a start.

Will give you Overclocking and SLI/CF potential down the road.

Will give you room to grow with a bigger PSU.

Has an SSD and an IPS monitor.

I picked the case because it's what I have and I like it. The cases is important to each individual because of size and looks, so if you wanted to change that just ask and we could give you some more advice.
June 5, 2012 1:35:53 AM

You Understand that 2000 usd build is an enthusiast build.

you can Go with anything you want.

Just get a Gtx 680 as Main Video Card, An I7 2700k the nicest looking motherboard you see, Any 850w psu of Seasonic, COrsair and Antec Brand, 16 gigs of ram and a SSD as Main Storage.
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June 5, 2012 1:43:14 AM

chulex67 said:
You Understand that 2000 usd build is an enthusiast build.

you can Go with anything you want.

Just get a Gtx 680 as Main Video Card, An I7 2700k the nicest looking motherboard you see, Any 850w psu of Seasonic, COrsair and Antec Brand, 16 gigs of ram and a SSD as Main Storage.



Sure you could do that. That's why I posted a place to start.

Why spend money just to spend it?

Why spend an extra $100 on a CPU and a GPU when you don't have to? His purpose is gaming. an i7 won't be needed and a 670 is just about as good as a 680 and is $100 less. The 680 is overpriced.
June 5, 2012 1:49:53 AM

My main purpose form this computer is gaming and recording. Without it lagging, or begin slowed down.
June 5, 2012 1:52:44 AM

Benjamin Folger said:
Hmm... what about this?
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

The power supply, the hard drive, cd/blue ray drive and the Processor is what can be replace. The tower, G.Skill Ares Series 32 GB, the video card and the motherboard is what a would like to keep. If it works together.



Your overspending in many areas.

You won't need anywhere near 32gb. 8gb would be plenty.

Your wasting your money on that 680. The 670 runs almost as fast and is $120 less.

With a $2000 budget, there is no reason to not have an SSD.

You could get a cheaper PSU that's just as good.

$170 for a 1tb HDD?
June 5, 2012 2:06:28 AM

cranked said:
Your overspending in many areas.

You won't need anywhere near 32gb. 8gb would be plenty.

Your wasting your money on that 680. The 670 runs almost as fast and is $120 less.

With a $2000 budget, there is no reason to not have an SSD.

You could get a cheaper PSU that's just as good.

$170 for a 1tb HDD?



Well, I just want to make sure I don't' have to upgrade for a few years, also I just skimmed the products to see where I could replace, and just to see the price range.

Why will I not need a 32gb?

Yeah the 1tb hdd was just thrown in there, just to see where I was at in the price range.

No reason to have an SSD? Why? If you don't mine me asking?

The 670? Is it better? And will I be able to do what Im wanting?

Whats a PSU? (Remember I'm not a good computer person.)
June 5, 2012 2:10:06 AM

For gaming, 8gb will never even get used. Even if you were doing heavy photoshopping or something, 16gb is enough. You can always add more later and $300 is WAY too much to spend on RAM.

All I was saying about the SSD is, if your budget is $2000, you need to be getting an SSD. They make everything load and run way faster. Won't help with gaming, but will with general use.

The 670 runs about 90-95% as fast as the 680. It can be OC to meet a stock 680 and costs 25% less. To me that's a no brainer. 2-3 years from now IF/when the 670 isn't doing the job anymore, you can get a second one.

PSU = power supply.
June 5, 2012 2:14:00 AM

I think my first build up there is the way to go, unless someone wants to out do me.

It offers top notch components now without overspending, has plenty of room for upgradability, will allow you to overclock and includes a nice IPS monitor all for $1800.

The only two things I might change would be a bigger SSD since your budget is higher and maybe the case if you like a different one.
June 5, 2012 2:31:28 AM

cranked said:
I think my first build up there is the way to go, unless someone wants to out do me.

It offers top notch components now without overspending, has plenty of room for upgradability, will allow you to overclock and includes a nice IPS monitor all for $1800.

The only two things I might change would be a bigger SSD since your budget is higher and maybe the case if you like a different one.


Ok 670 it is. Will I need two?

Ok I have the graphic card. :) 

With just 8gb of RAM will I be able to play games while recording? When I say games its like Shogun 2.

Is the Motherboard ok? I kinda of like the Motherboard that I picked.

I do like your build.

Whats a good PSU?

So no need for a SSD. Thats fine by me.

What about the Processor?

What about the CD drive?

What is a good Harddrive?

I just like to have information before I start anything.

June 5, 2012 2:33:00 AM

I forgot to add, I didn't see the case it didn't have a picture.
June 5, 2012 2:37:15 AM

1. You won't need 2 670's. One is more than enough.

2. If 8gb turns out to not be enough, you can always add more, but I don't think you will have a problem.

3. I am not knocking the Sabertooth, but you are paying for the looks. It's overpriced, but if you like it, then get it. This isn't about what I want, it's about what you want. I'm just trying to prevent you from overspending. In the end, it's still your pc.

4. There are lots of good PSU's. The one I picked is good. Pretty much anything by Seasonic, XFX, most corsair's.

5. You misunderstood me about the SSD again. I am saying you SHOULD get one.

6. All you need for your purposes is an i5. i7's are for programs that will fully utilize all the cores on the chip and gaming won't come anywhere near that.

7. Any old DVD drive will work. You could get a BD burner as well if you wanted.

8. The HDD you picked is good. Seagate Barracuda is popular.
June 5, 2012 2:53:15 AM

cranked said:
1. You won't need 2 670's. One is more than enough.

2. If 8gb turns out to not be enough, you can always add more, but I don't think you will have a problem.

3. I am not knocking the Sabertooth, but you are paying for the looks. It's overpriced, but if you like it, then get it. This isn't about what I want, it's about what you want. I'm just trying to prevent you from overspending. In the end, it's still your pc.

4. There are lots of good PSU's. The one I picked is good. Pretty much anything by Seasonic, XFX, most corsair's.

5. You misunderstood me about the SSD again. I am saying you SHOULD get one.

6. All you need for your purposes is an i5. i7's are for programs that will fully utilize all the cores on the chip and gaming won't come anywhere near that.

7. Any old DVD drive will work. You could get a BD burner as well if you wanted.

8. The HDD you picked is good. Seagate Barracuda is popular.



1. I thought one would be enough. Just wanted to ask.

2. Yeah thats true, is there any good brands? Should I get two 4gb of RAM?

3. Yeah I'm probably paying for looks, but how bad is it overpriced?

4. If I used the one you picked will it power my stuff. Sorry for a stupid question.

5. Ok, sorry for misunderstanding you. I will need one. What should I look for?

6. So I need a i5, is there any that you recommend?

7. For a DVD drive, is the one I picked a good one or do I need a different one. (I do watch blue ray movies though)

8. Yay! I picked a good one. :) 
June 5, 2012 3:10:44 AM

Benjamin Folger said:
1. I thought one would be enough. Just wanted to ask.

2. Yeah thats true, is there any good brands? Should I get two 4gb of RAM?

3. Yeah I'm probably paying for looks, but how bad is it overpriced?

4. If I used the one you picked will it power my stuff. Sorry for a stupid question.

5. Ok, sorry for misunderstanding you. I will need one. What should I look for?

6. So I need a i5, is there any that you recommend?

7. For a DVD drive, is the one I picked a good one or do I need a different one. (I do watch blue ray movies though)

8. Yay! I picked a good one. :) 


2. Yes. 2x4 is what you want.

3. Go to newegg and compare that sabertooth to the asrock extreme6 and you will see the exact same features for $65 less:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

4. You don't need much to power newer components these days. I think a lot of people go on the assumption that the newer stuff needs more power because it's new, but the reality is, the newer components use less power. I put in a 750W PSU just so you would have room to upgrade later. You never really want to skimp on the PSU anyway, especially on a $2000 budget. Get a nice big one now and it will last you a long time.

5. Go with a crucial M4 or a mushkin.

6. Yes get the i5-3570K. The i7 is $100 more an you don't need it for your purposes.

7. I'm not real knowledgable on Blu-ray drives so someone else would have to give you recommendations on those.
June 5, 2012 3:12:15 AM

Black case with lots of LED fans. :) 

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-CC-9... $118.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW

http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-500r-mid-tower-ca... <----- another look at that case

http://www.amazon.com/CORSAIR-Enthusiast-BRONZE-Certifi... $106.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply - CMPSU-750TXV2

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $359.98 save: $25.00 | $20.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z7... <---- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $29.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $46.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Drive-B... $17.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (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/Crucial-2-5-Inch-Solid-State-CT25... $199.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Crucial 256 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT256M4SSD2

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... $400 - $430
GTX 670 2GB

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5818/nvidia-geforce-gtx-6... <----- gtx 670 review w/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: $1,480.88 *not including rebates



http://www.amazon.com/Seasonic-M12II-750-BRONZE-Power-S... $129.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
SeaSonic M12II 750 SS-750AM 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Semi-modular Power Supply
June 5, 2012 3:19:13 AM

Why_me has the same basic build as my first one.

Here is my updated one:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9ugN

Added a 256gb SSD instead of 128gb.

Change the case or mobo to the sabertooth if you really want it and it's a great build for $1870 with an IPS monitor.
June 5, 2012 2:25:15 PM

cranked said:
Why_me has the same basic build as my first one.

Here is my updated one:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9ugN

Added a 256gb SSD instead of 128gb.

Change the case or mobo to the sabertooth if you really want it and it's a great build for $1870 with an IPS monitor.


That is a great build, I'm getting most of my parts from your build. Heres my updated build I changed most of it, and add a few things. I do have a question though. Why do you have 2 hard drives?
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

With this updated build, if everything fits and works together (if not let me know) I'll start buying tonight when I get home for work. So if all is good I thank you all for your suggestions. And thank you Cranked for helping me, letting me know that I was overspending, and for letting me see your build.
June 5, 2012 4:30:20 PM

Benjamin Folger said:
That is a great build, I'm getting most of my parts from your build. Heres my updated build I changed most of it, and add a few things. I do have a question though. Why do you have 2 hard drives?
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

With this updated build, if everything fits and works together (if not let me know) I'll start buying tonight when I get home for work. So if all is good I thank you all for your suggestions. And thank you Cranked for helping me, letting me know that I was overspending, and for letting me see your build.



That is a great build that will work together very well and you will be very happy.

The reason I had two hdd is because you should be using the SSD as a OS/boot/program drive and a standard 7200rpm platter drive for storage. You don't really want to store your bulk stuff on an SSD. You should read up on SSD's if you are unsure of what they are and what you are getting.

You definitely want to make sure you read about installing them and configuring them. There are important steps you must follow during start up and afterward. If you have additional questions about them feel free to ask, but certainly read up on them for your own knowledge and so you don't make the initial mistakes on start up.
June 5, 2012 6:40:39 PM

Unless you are sure you will use all the features of that MOBO, get another board that is more reasonable, such as the ASRock Extreme4 Gen3.
June 5, 2012 7:36:30 PM

azeem40 said:
Unless you are sure you will use all the features of that MOBO, get another board that is more reasonable, such as the ASRock Extreme4 Gen3.


I already told him that. He likes the look.
June 5, 2012 10:45:44 PM

cranked said:
That is a great build that will work together very well and you will be very happy.

The reason I had two hdd is because you should be using the SSD as a OS/boot/program drive and a standard 7200rpm platter drive for storage. You don't really want to store your bulk stuff on an SSD. You should read up on SSD's if you are unsure of what they are and what you are getting.

You definitely want to make sure you read about installing them and configuring them. There are important steps you must follow during start up and afterward. If you have additional questions about them feel free to ask, but certainly read up on them for your own knowledge and so you don't make the initial mistakes on start up.


Ok, tell me about them. I did a little research, but it didn't explain too much, it just told me that it uses less power, and is faster at booting up.

1. What are the important steps that I mush follow during start up and afterward?

2. How can I use the 7200 platter drive for storage?

3. So when installing a game I use the 7200 platter drive for the storage? Like installing it to the drive? Instead of the SSD?

Sorry for silly questions, I just didn't know you could use one for storage.
June 6, 2012 1:38:04 AM

Ok, I've started to buy the parts, it will be a few months sadly, but I'll do a review about the build, when I've put it all together, and have played it for a few days. Again thank you all for your tips, advice, and help. :) 

Benjamin
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