Building a Gaming Rig for $2000

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:


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 :( .
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  1. 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.

    For testing conducted for SLI 670, the resulting system consumption for SLI is 433W of which 293W are attributed to the gpu cards.

    If you use this psu calculator considering your components, the result is 664W (overclocked processor & used 680x2 to simulate gpu OC:

    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 <--- review w/benchmarks <--- review w/benchmarks

    mobo:ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard <--- review w/benchmarks <--- review w/benchmarks
  2. Thanks a bunch!
  3. Your welcome!
  4. Some Optional suggestion which will make life easy and fun in Long run :

    27inch Display :
    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 .
  5. 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.
  6. 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

    (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.
  7. Thanks for the advice!
  8. 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.
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