New Gaming Desktop Build

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 1 week

Budget Range: $1400-1600 max

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, IRC networks and servers, blue-ray movies...and the basic stuff.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, Tigerdirect

Parts Preferences: Would like to go with an Intel build but am open to suggestions.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Well i have an apple thunderbolt display. its 2560x1440, can i use this??? and can i afford a graphics card to drive this?? if not a 1080p monitor will do.

Please give me your thoughts, this is the first build i will be doing alone so I'm kind of a rookie at the parts part of it.

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  1. Yeah you can definitely use that display - it should work with either a DVI or HDMI output. The latest graphics cards will support the ultra high resolution monitors.

    Try this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($198.49 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($417.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($136.00 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1626.96
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

    A little bit over budget but it will handle everything you need.
  2. Best answer
    Well first of all we will get that monitor to be used with this build for sure.

    COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN3-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and Black Interior

    Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K

    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+

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B

    ASUS P8Z77-V LE PLUS LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    SeaSonic M12II 750 SS-750AM 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Semi-modular Power Supply

    EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    $419.99 and a $10 rebate makes the final price $409.99

    LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal 12X Internal Blu-ray Drive 3D Playback & M-DISC Support Model UH12LS29 LightScribe Support - OEM

    ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

    The total for this build comes to $1601.89 and includes a lot of highend components that are quality brands and will give top performance. You can go with less expensive parts as that is your choice to do so and with the fourth of July sales ready to hit you should be able to get some of these components on sale. You will be able to do both overclocking and SLI with this build if you choose to do that.
    To use the Apple monitor with the Thunderbolt port you will need a mini displayport connector and you can either get a displayport cable with a mini display port end or an adaptor. The GTX 670 has a display port connection and has support for up to 2560x1600 resolution.
    StarTech Model MDP2DPMM6 6 ft. DisplayPort to DisplayPort Adapter Cable M-M
  4. For $20 less, get the Carbide 400R. USB 3.0, better cable management, and better airflow.
  5. Best answer selected by ReaXioN.
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