Gaming computer, budget at 2K-2.5K

I would like some advice on building a new computer dedicated to *gaming only*. For the latest games...

My budget is 2K-2.5K or so (USD). Realistically, it can go up to 3.5K (or higher), but in my experience there were quite diminishing returns past 2.5K or so. You're welcome to give me reason to think otherwise.

Please help: I think of myself as somewhat of a newb at this, having built my last build about 4 years ago.

Thanks in advance.


Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: 2K-2.5K or so

System Usage: Gaming only

Are you buying a monitor: Maybe, advice welcome, and cost can be counted out of the above budget


Do you need to buy OS: Yes, I guess

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: idc, wherever you prefer

Location: Tempe, AZ, USA - maybe someone else can assemble the parts, idk

Parts Preferences: whatever is good

Overclocking: No, I don't like doing this as I ruined a computer in the past this way

SLI or Crossfire: whatever is best

Your Monitor Resolution: ?

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet and smaller build preferable but not necessary. Games to be played: everything that is good right now. I won't be the only one playing games so I'm not sure what will be played. But definitely: Skyrim, any first-person shooter, exploration, rpg, etc etc

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I want to play the newest games on a platform that is fast and sleek, but will last a couple years.
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  3. Switch that motherboard to a much cheaper one. The Extreme4 is perfectly good and will leave you with an extra $150 in your pocket. Otherwise, that's a great build.
    How much of an audiophile are you (willing to become)? I go in for high-end stereo audio over surround headphones so I can really enjoy my music (which, admittedly, I care about somewhat more than gaming). On this budget, though, I expect you'd consider getting both a gaming and a normal headset. Check out the Sony MDR-V6. They're listed as $110 on the Sony site, but Newegg has them for $70: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826159110&Tpk=mdr-v6
  4. kajabla said:
    Switch that motherboard to a much cheaper one. The Extreme4 is perfectly good and will leave you with an extra $150 in your pocket. Otherwise, that's a great build.
    How much of an audiophile are you (willing to become)? I go in for high-end stereo audio over surround headphones so I can really enjoy my music (which, admittedly, I care about somewhat more than gaming). On this budget, though, I expect you'd consider getting both a gaming and a normal headset. Check out the Sony MDR-V6. They're listed as $110 on the Sony site, but Newegg has them for $70: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826159110&Tpk=mdr-v6

    The extreme4 is a great board but it's only drawback imo is it's size....that and it's thinner than your average ATX board. It's not a full size ATX so it doesn't hit the front standoffs, and it's a bit flimsy.
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    If you do choose the standard or multiple monitor route, look for 120HZ as this will allow games to run smoother.

    Good Luck!
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