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February 15, 2013 2:48:13 PM

Hi! I am planning on building a gaming and video editing pc! I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations. I want to be able to play everything on it. I want to overclock it and make it a beast. Can I do this for around $2,000 or below??? Thanks!

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February 15, 2013 3:08:54 PM

Here's some kit to take a closer look at, just as a starting ground. I'm sure you could upgrade some of these if you wanted to. The case is a personal favorite of mine as well. It's big but it's also very roomy on the inside and easy to set up. http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/DHjF Total cost is about $1300 so you have plenty of headroom to get up to that $2k limit.
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February 15, 2013 3:22:03 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($83.72 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($105.13 @ Amazon)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($212.95 @ Mac Connection)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($380.98 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.62 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1693.34
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-15 12:17 EST-0500)
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a c 276 4 Gaming
February 15, 2013 6:34:38 PM

The above build is decent - I'd forgo the BD-R drive and the H100. If you need a BD-R drive you can always add one later.

Here's what I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($192.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($93.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($248.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE 90 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1863.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-15 15:33 EST-0500)
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a b 4 Gaming
February 15, 2013 7:33:50 PM

No need for an i7 on a gaming build, you still have enough money leftover to get that BD player if you want and possibly a bigger SSD if you need it (I dont think many people have the need to go over 128GB but it all depends on how many games u play at one time)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($182.55 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($121.74 @ Mwave)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($71.68 @ Outlet PC)
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: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.60 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE 90 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($132.72 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1750.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-15 16:35 EST-0500)
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a c 276 4 Gaming
February 15, 2013 8:03:57 PM

Emelth said:
No need for an i7 on a gaming build, you still have enough money leftover to get that BD player if you want and possibly a bigger SSD if you need it (I dont think many people have the need to go over 128GB but it all depends on how many games u play at one time)


Video editing is going to be done on this build so the i7 is justified.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 15, 2013 8:20:45 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Video editing is going to be done on this build so the i7 is justified.


ah got me i must have not seen the the video editing part my bad stick with the i7 lol
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a c 276 4 Gaming
February 15, 2013 8:38:32 PM

Emelth said:
ah got me i must have not seen the the video editing part my bad stick with the i7 lol


It happens. :lol: 
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