First Ever Build $2600-2700 Budget

Hey guys. I've been a long time lurker here learning the basics of building a computer. I've always wanted to build one for a long time but have never gone through it. I've decided to treat myself when I get my tax returns, so I would like to ask the community with any help and advice they can give me concerning my first build. I've copied the template that was given in the rules.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month or so

Budget Range: 2600-2700 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the Net, Watching Movies, and Video Editing occasionally.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Starting from scratch

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Whatever gives the best pricing

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe if I can learn how to

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Your Monitor Resolution: I would like to get a monitor with a 2560x1440 resolution. I saw the Asus and the Dell that seemed like really good products. If there are better ones in the same price range, I'd like to know
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  1. My suggestion :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($176.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Other: Phanteks PH-TC12DX_BL 120mm UFB (Updraft Floating Balance) CPU Cooler ($59.99)
    Total: $1711.88
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    The cpu cooler is this one : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835709019
    Review of it : http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/phanteks_phtc12dx/5.htm

    Monitor here : http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Tempered-Glass-27-Yamakasi-Catleap-2703-2560x1440-WQHD-LED-IPS-Monitor-/261163535127?pt=Computer_Monitors&hash=item3cce8f4b17
    or http://www.ebay.com/itm/Yamakasi-Catleap-Q271-LED-27-S-IPS-HDMI-Speaker-Perfect-Pixel-Free-Voltage-/121056613976?pt=Computer_Monitors&hash=item1c2f895658

    Those are good 2560x1440 ips monitors for the price.
  2. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/C9Ey
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/C9Ey/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/C9Ey/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Formula EATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($269.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate SV35.5 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($168.89 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($226.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($461.57 @ Mac Connection)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($461.57 @ Mac Connection)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($678.00 @ Amazon)
    Total: $2931.94
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-07 23:56 EST-0500)

    This is what I've come up with so far. I ended up getting over my budget so I may have to a little bit of adjusting. If you guys can let me know how it looks like, and what you would advice to switch out I'd appreciate it. Thanks!
  3. I agree with djangoringo.
  4. Th3Gr80n3 said:
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/C9Ey
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/C9Ey/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/C9Ey/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Formula EATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($269.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate SV35.5 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($168.89 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($226.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($461.57 @ Mac Connection)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($461.57 @ Mac Connection)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($678.00 @ Amazon)
    Total: $2931.94
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-07 23:56 EST-0500)

    This is what I've come up with so far. I ended up getting over my budget so I may have to a little bit of adjusting. If you guys can let me know how it looks like, and what you would advice to switch out I'd appreciate it. Thanks!



    Why do you need the Asus Maximus V Formula ?
    Any 170-200$ motherboard has a high count of power phases and all the stuff you'll ever need with high quality components and pcb.
    I'd get either the GA-Z77X-UD5H, the asus P8Z77-V pro or the asrock z77 oc formula.
    Also ditch that closed loop water cooler, it's not as good as the top air coolers.
    Did you see the catleap monitors ? it's way cheaper.
    The rosewill capstone 750M is more than suffice for the system, it's at a good price, the capstone is made by super flower, it's as good as the seasonic.
    You don't need 16GB of ram for gaming, 8GB is more than enough.
    Also those 670 gtx are totally overpriced, a 2GB one for 462$, for that price you can get a 680 gtx.
    The gigabyte 670 gtx windforce 3x has the 680 gtx pcb and a great cooling system, it's way cheaper.
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