$2000ish Gaming Build

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month. No problem waiting additional month if something would be coming out that would save me an upgrade down the road.

Budget Range: $2000ish.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Photo Editing (Photoshop)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Completely new build.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Windows 7 64 bit or maybe Windows 8)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I've used NewEgg in the past and for the links below.

Location: Hickory, NC (Hour from Charlotte)

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: Yes. Though I have never done this so I will be learning.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe. When eventually upgrading graphics cards would I be better going SLI or getting a new just released card?

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Current computer is 6 years old and want to get a new one. I feel like building my own would be something fun to do.

I have never built a computer before so a lot of the parts and terms were pretty foreign to me. After looking at different websites and reviews this is what I came up with. If you see somewhere I could/should go with a different part for one reason or the other let me know nothing is concrete.

Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth Z77
Processor: i7-3770k
CPU Fan: Cooler Master Hyper 212
Video Card: Zotac Nvidia GeForce GTX 670
Power SUpply: Corsair HX850
Hard Drive: WD RE4 500GB
SDD: Intel 320 Series 120GB
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB)
CD/DVD: ASUS 24x DVD Burner
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922
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  1. what i would get

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eyXY

    its mainly black and blue if you care about the colours


    you can get the os from him. he sells it for much cheaper. ask for a dvd rom instead of the digital download
    http://us.ebid.net/perl/auction.cgi?auction=71238157&mo=auction&quantity=1#ship

    wait for the aucton to pop up tomorrow. its at regular price right now
  2. if you need a building guide, newegg has a nice 3 part youtube guide for that purpose. its not the most up to date but the parts should still be relatively relatable
  3. http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-CC-9011012-WW/dp/B005E983JW/ref=sr_1_5?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1345408103&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_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1345408203&sr=1-3 $111.71 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $101.71
    XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus 750 Watt Power Supply (Silver)

    http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-CrossFireX-DispayPort-Motherboard-GA-Z77X-UD3H/dp/B007R21JJK/ref=sr_1_5?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1345409043&sr=1-5&keywords=Intel $149.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA 1155 AMD CrossFireX/NVIDIA SLI W/ HDMI,DVI,DispayPort Dual UEFI BIOS ATX Motherboard GA-Z77X-UD3H

    http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i7-3770K-Quad-Core-Processor-Cache/dp/B007SZ0EOW/ref=pd_cp_pc_2 $324.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Intel Core i7-3770K Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz 6 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80637I73770K

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=A2EUTVCJXLAJ4K $33.49 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Profile-1600mhz-PC3-12800/dp/B0058J1QYC/ref=sr_1_7?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1345544368&sr=1-7&keywords=Corsair+16+GB $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair 16 GB Vengeance Blue Low Profile 1600mhz PC3-12800 240-pin Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Kit 16 Dual Channel Kit - CML16GX3M4A1600C9B

    http://www.amazon.com/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Drive-Black/dp/B0057FRTPW/ref=pd_cp_e_0 $20.96 & 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/Western-Digital-Caviar-Internal-Desktop/dp/B0036Q7MV0/ref=sr_1_2?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1345409557&sr=1-2 $108.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD1002FAEX

    http://www.amazon.com/SAMSUNG-2-5-Inch-Internal-MZ-7PC256B-WW/dp/B0077CR66A/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1345409937&sr=1-1&keywords=samsung+256gb+ssd $198.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5-Inch 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7PC256B/WW

    http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-GV-N670OC-2GD-GeForce-Windforce-Graphics/dp/B0080I06WQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1345409793&sr=8-2&keywords=gtx+670 $399.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 Windforce OC 2048MB GDDR5 256-bit PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Graphics Card

    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=pd_bxgy_e_text_b $90.30 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

    Total: $1,648.37 *not including mail in rebates


    This EVGA backplate down below fits right onto the back of that Gigabyte GTX 670 I posted up above. Make sure to use the screws that come with the Gigabyte card and not with the backplate.

    http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GTX-680-Backplate-M021-00-000008/dp/B007TUYPZ0 $23.81
    EVGA GTX 680 Backplate (M021-00-000008)

    or get it here...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814998064 $24.99 FREE SHIPPING
    EVGA GeForce GTX 680 Backplate Model M021-00-000008
  4. Thanks for the suggestions :D. If yall don't mind could you tell me why you would pick some of those components over what I picked out? Maybe I can learn a little more.

    Thanks,
    Chris
  5. NCSU_Chris said:
    Thanks for the suggestions :D. If yall don't mind could you tell me why you would pick some of those components over what I picked out? Maybe I can learn a little more.

    Thanks,
    Chris

    1) You don't need an 850w psu for dual 670's, a 750w psu suffices just fine and leaves you plenty of headroom. Those XFX psu's are manufactured by Seasonic for XFX.

    2) That Gigabyte card has better cooling than the Zotac card and is a better quality card. Just make sure to add that back plate to it I linked for a couple of reasons. Stability and it helps to spread the heat so your PCB isn't cooking.

    3) Larger storage drive (1TB) along with a larger SSD (256GB). That Samsung SSD utilizes SF Toggle NAND controller which is about as solid as it gets these days in regards to SSD's.

    4) Way better case imo. That Corsair comes with a built in multi channel fan controller, an LED on/off switch, dust filters, has plenty of room, and a 200mm side fan.

    5) Low profile RAM so you don't impede any decent size after market cpu heat sink.

    6) As nice as that Asus Sabertooth looks, it's known to be over priced for what it offers. It's a board that's usually purchased by people that go for the gimmick look. It doesn't offer any more features than most boards out there.
  6. im pretty dam sure that samsung doesnt use toggle nand. im pretty dam sure
  7. TheBigTroll said:
    im pretty dam sure that samsung doesnt use toggle nand. im pretty dam sure

    I stand corrected.

    http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/memory-storage/MZ-7PC128N/AM-features <----- Samsung uses their own version of Toggle NAND and not the SF version.
  8. wow. i thought they used the generic sync flash but they make their own which is even better
  9. Why_Me said:
    1) You don't need an 850w psu for dual 670's, a 750w psu suffices just fine and leaves you plenty of headroom. Those XFX psu's are manufactured by Seasonic for XFX.

    2) That Gigabyte card has better cooling than the Zotac card and is a better quality card. Just make sure to add that back plate to it I linked for a couple of reasons. Stability and it helps to spread the heat so your PCB isn't cooking.

    3) Larger storage drive (1TB) along with a larger SSD (256GB). That Samsung SSD utilizes SF Toggle NAND controller which is about as solid as it gets these days in regards to SSD's.

    4) Way better case imo. That Corsair comes with a built in multi channel fan controller, an LED on/off switch, dust filters, has plenty of room, and a 200mm side fan.

    5) Low profile RAM so you don't impede any decent size after market cpu heat sink.

    6) As nice as that Asus Sabertooth looks, it's known to be over priced for what it offers. It's a board that's usually purchased by people that go for the gimmick look. It doesn't offer any more features than most boards out there.


    Awesome, thank you. Will let yall know what I end up going with.
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