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Help Needed Building laptop/desktop $2500

Approximate Purchase Date: Depends on the cost (saving up now)

Budget Range: Any, But please below $2,500 after everything

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the Web, Streaming, Watching Streams/YouTube videos, along with the occasional School assignment.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (windows 7)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: None

Location: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Parts Preferences: Any (again)

Overclocking: no (unless i get a cooling pad (about $20))

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (cost again)

Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 or higher

Additional Comments: I'm New to computer building and buying (hence why i'm here (and why almost everything is "any")) so i have no idea where to start. If its possible i would prefer a Laptop, but a Desktop is fine if it would be better, but it would need to be compact (i like to go to a friends house and play games along side him and i don't like sitting at a desk much).
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  1. I want to build it not buy it (I heard its cheaper) and if I wanted to buy it I wouldn't get alienware (looks awesome though).
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    It is much cheaper to build it yourself and if you want to take it around there are plenty of small portable cases you can buy.

    Windows 7 64 bit OEM- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986 100$

    Dell U2312HM- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260055 260$ This is a superb monitor and is worth the extra $

    Fractal Arc Mini- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352008 100$
    or
    Bitfenix Prodigy- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811345016 80$ (You need a mini itx motherboard in this case and I will point you to a suitable motherboard, both are smaller form factor cases so you can move them easier)

    GIGABYTE G1.Sniper M3- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128551 170$ (This is a good motherboard that is compatible with the fractal case)

    ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131840 195$ (This is a great motherboard for the Bitfenix case)

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

    Asus GTX 670- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121637 420$

    Thermaltake WATER2.0 Pro- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106189 100$ (In the smaller cases these water cooling solutions are a good buy)

    Corsair Vengeance 8gb 1600mhz- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186 45$

    Samsung 830 256gb SSD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147164 199$

    Western Digital 1tb Black- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533 110$

    Rosewill Capstone 550-M 550w- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182262 95$ (Being semi modular it will help keep cables tidy in the small cases)

    Asus Blu-Ray Burner- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135252 90$

    Aftermarket fans for Bitfenix case (I strongly recommend getting these)- Cooler Master R4 200mm fan- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103178 20$
    & Bitfenix Spectre 120mm fan- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835345001 10$ (only one of these for a top exhaust)

    Aftermarket fans for Fractal (strongly recommend getting these too)- Cougar 140mm for top exhaust- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835553007 17$
    & Scythe 120mm fan- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185144 x3=39$ (the fractal fans it comes with are terrible, 2 for the front and the back exhaust fan will be replaced by the fans on the cpu cooler)

    Total=<2000$ for each route
  3. Nice builds mjmj
    I would switch the Asus for msi 670 but that's just me.
  4. The Asus DCII cooler is the best on the market according to techpowerup- http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670_Direct_Cu_II/33.html
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_670_Power_Edition/33.html

    Though they both cool just as well the Asus cooler is much quieter.
  5. Well this seems awesome! i'll probably replace the blueray disk reader with a regular one, I don't use disks much... i'll look into that (cant be too hard) :) thanks for helping!
  6. flameswilllive said:
    Well this seems awesome! i'll probably replace the blueray disk reader with a regular one, I don't use disks much... i'll look into that (cant be too hard) :) thanks for helping!

    Here is a regular DVD burner- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204 20$
  7. mjmjpfaff said:
    The Asus DCII cooler is the best on the market according to techpowerup- http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670_Direct_Cu_II/33.html
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_670_Power_Edition/33.html

    Though they both cool just as well the Asus cooler is much quieter.

    The Asus tend to be longer with the direct cu. I actually prefer the twin frozr cooler to power edition.
  8. allanitomwesh said:
    The Asus tend to be longer with the direct cu. I actually prefer the twin frozr cooler to power edition.

    The power edition has the twin frozr IV cooler on it. And the Asus is less than .3 inches longer than the MSI. Both will fit easily in both cases which is the important thing to remember.
  9. Like I said,personal preference. Guess I'll be considering direct cu in my next build. Cheers.
  10. Best answer selected by flameswilllive.
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