Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

Building a Gaming Rig for $2000

Last response: in Systems
Share
December 9, 2012 7:36:27 PM

Hey guys (and girls),

I am planning on building a new computer to replace my four year old Macbook Pro. The 2Gb ram and NVidia gt9600 are starting to show their age...

Here is the current list of parts that I have assembled:

IN THE BOX -

Case: Thermaltake Chaser Mk-1
- As I understand it, this case will have all the room and cooling I need (I will not be OC'ing just yet)

Mobo: Intel Sabertooth Z77 LGA 1155
- I have heard mixed reviews about the performance of Thermal Armor, but the base hardware seems to be sound. I am open to reccomendations that offer better value.

GPU: EVGA GTX 670 Superclocked+ 4Gb vRam
- Probably overkill for vRam, but it seemed like a good place to splurge and comes w/ Borderlands 2 + AC3

RAM: Gskill Ripjaws X series 8Gb (4Gbx2)
- Solid reviews on Newegg.

HD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1Tb 7200 rpm
- Should be all the speed I need, especially since this will be supplemented by a boot SSD

SSD: Intel 330 Series Maple Crest 120Gb Sata III
- good price, comes w/ Civ 5

CPU: Intel i-5 3750K Ivy-Bridge 3.4ghz Quad Core
- Saw no real performance difference here with this and an i-7.

PSU: PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK-II 950w (Non-Modular)
- Modular would have been nice, but the case is large enough to cope + I need reliablilty. 950w should be enough to minimize strain.

Disk Drive: Asus Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model
- Nothing jumped out at me as unique about these drives. Advice certainly welcome.

Display: Dell Ultrasharp 23in 8ms Widescreen LCD w/ LED Backlighting
- I have heard only good things about this device. A little pricey, but I prefer to invest in quality items.

Sound: Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II 2.0 Speakers
- These look solid for the price. I am opting to skimp on a soundcard due to price limitations. Truly though, I know nearly nothing about sound setups - any advice here would be amazing.

Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-Osmium
- I beleive it is a solid board. I happen to like the price/style.

Total price: $2057.87

I will have assistance building this from my school's tech center, but am otherwise on my own. Thank you to all who read this.

*Please also consider that I am upgrading from a 2009 laptop - I am not super concerned with slight boosts in things like audio fidelity. I just want something of quality that will work for my price range. I mean, seriously, this thing has like 512mg of Vram, 2gb ram and laptop speakers. 30 fps on FO3 feels smooth as butter :(  .

a b B Homebuilt system
December 9, 2012 7:55:59 PM

Your build is all compatible i would suggest you look at a few other motherboards there are a few just as good as the sabertooth if not better the power supply is actually way overkill nVidia itself recommend 500W for a single 670.
http://www.nvidia.in/object/geforce-gtx-670-in.html#pdp...


For testing conducted for SLI 670, the resulting system consumption for SLI is 433W of which 293W are attributed to the gpu cards.
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-670-2-and-3wa...


If you use this psu calculator considering your components, the result is 664W (overclocked processor & used 680x2 to simulate gpu OC:
http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine


All points out to 750W being more than enough two run 2x 670 in SLI. Check these out mobo:GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.techspot.com/review/521-intel-z77-motherboar... <--- review w/benchmarks

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/motherboards/2012/05/0... <--- review w/benchmarks


mobo:ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cpu_mainboard/asus_p... <--- review w/benchmarks http://www.techreaction.net/2012/06/28/review-asus-p8z7... <--- review w/benchmarks
m
0
l
December 9, 2012 11:52:17 PM

Thanks a bunch!
m
0
l
Related resources
a b B Homebuilt system
December 10, 2012 9:39:53 AM

Your welcome!
m
0
l
December 10, 2012 10:05:20 AM

Some Optional suggestion which will make life easy and fun in Long run :

27inch Display :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Could also go for Samsung P2770FH which is out of stock on newegg .

Also switch to 256 gb SSD if u play lot of games 128gb won't be enough trust me .
m
0
l
December 10, 2012 6:04:10 PM

Thanks, however, the logic behind the 23inch is that my desk at school (I happen to be a boarder) won't fit anything larger. I could see the advantages of a 27inch display though, haha.

As for the SSD, I can certainly see it as an upgrade in the near future...right now, 2000 is all I can muster.
m
0
l
a b B Homebuilt system
December 10, 2012 7:19:48 PM

This budget is relatively high and after a certain point, I think it's better to put some cash towards audio/video stuff to enhance the whole experience.

Here's something with pretty much the same performance but far cheaper:

Intel Core i5-3570k - $214.99
2x4GB Corsair Vengeance LP 1600Mhz 1.5v C9 - $43.99
ASRock Z77 Performance - $119.99
ASUS GTX 670 2GB - $399.99
Crucial M4 256GB - $169.99
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM - $79.99
Seasonic G550 550W - $89.99
ASUS Bluray Burner - $59.99
Corsair Carbide Series 400R - $99.99

Dell UltraSharp U2312HM - $259.99

Total - $1538.90


That leaves plenty of room for a really nice audio setup. These are nice, hopefully 9 x 5.5 x 6.5'' (HxWxD) isn't too big though:

Audioengine P4 2.0 Speakers
Audioengine N22 Amplifier
Audioengine DS2 Stands

http://www.amazon.com/Audioengine-Premium-Passive-Books...

(Look at the frequently bought together for the amp and stands.)

Total: $482 for all 3

Grand total is about $2020. You're getting virtually identical performance with a bigger SSD and much better speakers while keeping that excellent monitor. Only thing missing is all that video RAM which you would probably never utilise.


EDIT: I got the prices for the system and monitor from Newegg.
m
0
l
December 11, 2012 1:38:34 AM

Thanks for the advice!
m
0
l
a b B Homebuilt system
December 11, 2012 3:37:20 PM

No problem. Just to let you know, the Audioengine A5+ is basically similar to the P4 but the amp is integrated into the speaker and they are a bit more powerful. They are bigger and a bit less flexible with inputs though. They would cost roughly the same or maybe slightly less.
m
0
l
!