$2k budget gaming PC for Dell u3011m

Hey guys,

I currently own a Macbook Pro with a 1GB 6750m GPU and 2.2Ghz quad core i7.

I enjoy gaming on it, however splitting a 256gb SSD between OS X and Windows 7 is a struggle, and there is simply not enough space or horsepower to record gameplay footage with fraps.

I would like to keep it, for portability, and out-of-the-house computing, as well as web browsing and final cut.

I am looking for something with the power to game on my U3011m at 2560x1600, and also record Gameplay with Fraps at atleast 1080p.

I am looking to build A PC that can max games or play at high resolution such as Arkham City and Skyrim, and future games such as Assassins creed 3 and Far Cry 3.

Res is 2560x1600.

I have roughly $2k saved up for this endeavor. I am currently trying to pick parts.


Here is what I am thinking..

Either i5 2500k, i5 3570k, not really sure which to pick. Not really up to date with ivy bridge reviews.

I am not sure weather the 670, 680, or 690, would be my best option. Open to suggestions here.

Don't think I want or need an SSD.

Need help on motherboard and other components.

A low profile simple case would be my preferred option. A dvd drive is a must.

Thanks for the help.
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  1. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/a5vY

    it has a gtx 670 and should be able to play games at your desired resolution and settings. just saying, once you piece together the system, you must do the following to get more performance

    1:overclock the ram. it runs at stock at cas11 and 1600mhz. many people can overclock it until 1866mhz cas9-9-9-24. try that

    2:overclock the gigabyte 670. it can easily overclock to 1.1ghz without getting too hot. just use msi afterburner for this job
  2. 2k is very justifiable for your resolution. Here you see many people dropping 2k+ just to play at 1080p :ouch: :pfff:

    i5 3570k- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504 235$

    Asrock Z77 Extreme6- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157295 160$

    EVGA GTX 670 FTW- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130787 x2=840$

    Mushkin 8gb 1600mhz- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226191 49$

    Cooler Master Hyper 612- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103106 50$

    Rosewill Capstone 750w- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182073 110$

    Fractal Arc Midi- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352007 100$

    (OPTIONAL: XIGMATEK eXTREME SILENT- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233086&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&PageSize=10&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&IsFeedbackTab=true#scrollFullInfo 10$ (each))
    - The fans on the case are loud and do not cool well for how loud they are.

    OCZ Vertex 4 128gb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227791 130$ SSD's are becoming the norm for almost every PC. You just store your OS and most used applications and the rest of your data goes onto a storage HDD.

    Seagate 2tb HDD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148681 100$

    Asus DVD Burner- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135240 22$

    Total= 1796$
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