Getting a New Build Desktop

Approximate Purchase Date: After I decided, Ordering it right away.

Budget Range: $1500 - $2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming,Surfing the Net,Watching Movies,Browser Games

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Windows 7.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any, as long its a known or trusted website.

Parts Preferences: Any

Overclocking: Maybe, if needed

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: The main purpose of the desktop is just gaming oh and this will be my first custom so I'm a noob at this, up until now I've been using 2 gaming laptops (Clevo P270WM & Alienware M18xR2 but I wanna try a custom desktop as my bestfriend suggested it but first question is, $1500-$2000 budget will get me somewhere? will my budget be enough to get a gaming desktop? ... Not getting a pre assembled my bestfriend said he can assemble it once I buy the parts I want, problem is I dunno which to pick lol there are too many, I was wondering if I pick the best parts in every aspect would that be easier? ...

Any thoughts? Thanks in advance :) ...
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  1. $1500 will get you a killer system. Try something like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1446.75
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-10 20:49 EDT-0400)
  2. First of all check your messages. i sent you something that i am sure you will find very usefull.

    as for the build, i say you burn the whole 2Ks on it.

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($539.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($112.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme7 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($254.47 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.86 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($204.98 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($169.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
    Total: $1921.24

    As i said above, check your messages.

    If you have any questions let me know
  3. g-unit1111 said:
    $1500 will get you a killer system. Try something like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1446.75
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-10 20:49 EDT-0400)


    You copycat.... i am the only one in this forum who recomends the switech 810 and a PC Power & Cooling PSU :fou:

    Just kidding :lol: you and i pick builds that are VERY similar!! way to go buddy.

    BTW...i dont know why people like the FTW GTX 670... its only a reference GTX 670 overclocked, and the FTW acronym was only to replace the "Superclocked" edition cards EVGA used to make, IMO, a Gigabyte WFx3 or Asus DC II GTX 670 are much better choices.
  4. This would be a great build. You will be able to play all games on ultra settings for probably 2-3 years!

    CPU - i5 3570k $230 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

    CPU COOLER - cm hyper 212 evo $35 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    MOBO - gigabyte z77x-ud5h $170 http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=70262&vpn=GA%2DZ77X%2DUD5H&manufacture=Gigabyte

    GPU #1 - gigabyte 670 $400 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125423

    GPU #2 - gigabyte 670 $400 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125423

    PSU - corsair hx 750w $137 after rebate http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010

    CASE - corsair 500r $120 after rebate http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139009

    HDD - seagate 1tb $90 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840

    SSD - samsung 830 128gb $120 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-147-134

    RAM - g.skill ares 8gb $45 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231546

    DVD DRIVE - lite-on $17 w/ promo code http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    OS - windows 7 $100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    TOTAL - $1864 after the two rebates and the one promo code
  5. strife_ff7 said:
    This would be a great build. You will be able to play all games on ultra settings for probable 2-3 years!

    CPU - i5 3570k $230 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

    CPU COOLER - cm hyper 212 evo $35 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    MOBO - gigabyte z77x-ud5h $170 http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=70262&vpn=GA%2DZ77X%2DUD5H&manufacture=Gigabyte

    GPU #1 - gigabyte 670 $400 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125423

    GPU #2 - gigabyte 670 $400 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125423

    PSU - corsair hx 750w $137 after rebate http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010

    CASE - corsair 500r $120 after rebate http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139009

    HDD - seagate 1tb $90 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840

    SSD - samsung 830 128gb $120 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-147-134

    RAM - g.skill ares 8gb $45 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231546

    DVD DRIVE - lite-on $17 w/ promo code http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    OS - windows 7 $100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    TOTAL - $1864 after the two rebates and the one promo code



    +1! great build!

    *i would change is the CPU cooler, a nice Zalman CNPS12X would be a lot more quieter and more efficient.

    *Replace that PSU with this one http://pcpartpicker.com/part/pc-power--cooling-power-supply-ppcmk2s950
  6. This build allows you to add another one of those GTX 670's later on in SLI. This build includes a 240GB SSD (SF Toggle NAND controller), XFX (Seasonic OEM) Silver rated modular 750w psu, factory over clocked GTX 670, Windows 7, etc...


    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-CC-9011012-WW/dp/B005E983JW/ref=sr_1_5?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1344664416&sr=1-5 $118.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW

    http://www.amazon.com/XFX-PRO750W-Semi-Modular-80Plus-Supply/dp/B005IUVYA2/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1344566811&sr=1-4 $111.71 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | $10.00 Mail In Rebates | Price after rebate: $101.71
    XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus Silver 750 Watt Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1033223 $344.98 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://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=A2EUTVCJXLAJ4K $32.39 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231544 $43.99 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-Black/dp/B0057FRTPW/ref=pd_cp_pc_2 $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-Internal-ST1000DM003/dp/B005T3GRNW/ref=sr_1_4?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1344664511&sr=1-4 $79.98 & 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/gp/product/B006EKJ8UI/ref=s9_hps_bw_g147_ir02?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-8&pf_rd_r=0G754A19YF7JK51B8KFR&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1353701242&pf_rd_i=193870011 $169.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    SanDisk Extreme SSD 240 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SDSSDX-240G-G25

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125423 $399.99 FREE SHIPPING
    GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=pd_bxgy_pc_text_y $90.95 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

    Total: $1,410.95 *includes shipping | $1,380.95 after mail in rebates


    http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z77V_LK/ <----- another look at that Asus board along with a link to the latest bios

    http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-500r-mid-tower-case.html/ <----- another look at that Corsair case
  7. aqualipt said:
    You copycat.... i am the only one in this forum who recomends the switech 810 and a PC Power & Cooling PSU :fou:

    Just kidding :lol: you and i pick builds that are VERY similar!! way to go buddy.

    BTW...i dont know why people like the FTW GTX 670... its only a reference GTX 670 overclocked, and the FTW acronym was only to replace the "Superclocked" edition cards EVGA used to make, IMO, a Gigabyte WFx3 or Asus DC II GTX 670 are much better choices.


    I like the EVGA brand and they're a local company (at least to me) so I always tend to support the local businesses.

    And I do like the Switch 810 - if that had been around when I got my Graphite 600T, I would have a very different system. :lol:
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