First Time Build, ~$2000 Gaming Computer

First of all, thank you for the help. This is the first time I will be building a computer. My goal for this computer is to be able to run games at full settings well, and have it on two (or possibly 3) different monitors working together, or one large monitor( if the two wouldn't work well for most games ie borderlands 2, dishonored, eve). I'm pretty much a blank slate when it comes to a build, all I have really figured out is that an i5 is the best for the money, and that it looks like I would like to use two graphics cards.

One of my main concerns with this computer is cooling. In various gaming laptops that I have had, graphics cards have overheated. This is one of the reasons I am afraid to overclock, but at the same time I dont really feel comfortable with a water cooling system seeing as its my first time building. If you need any other information please just ask.

Thanks,

Thunrac

Approximate Purchase Date: When ever I'm confident in a build

Budget Range: Approx. $2,000 USD for the computer, with the monitors at about $250 each.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, school work, surfing the internet.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, 2 or 3.

Parts to Upgrade: All but keyboard, mouse, headset, speakers, ect.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Windows 7 or 8 is fine.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg or Micro-Center

Location: Michigan, USA, near a Micro-Center

Parts Preferences: Prefer an Intel CPU, I would also prefer a full size case(for the airflow and future upgrade possibilites)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Your Monitor Resolution: Please help me with this one, I would like to use 2 (possibly 3) for gaming

Additional Comments: See above paragraph.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Having issues with my gaming laptop and I would like a rig that can run most games at nice frame rates.

Edit: Both were to clarify slightly more, and some minor spelling issues.
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  1. Not to be picky, but I asked for an intel processor, will it just fit right in the same MB?
  2. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (3-Way CrossFire) ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (3-Way CrossFire) ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (3-Way CrossFire) ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 1050W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($214.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1917.81
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-14 21:11 EDT-0400)
  3. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 45.0 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.98 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($379.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($379.99 @ Newegg)
    Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($29.24 @ Amazon)
    Wireless Network Adapter: Asus USB-N10 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($15.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 630 (Matte Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Rosewill 1000W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1966.08
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-14 21:10 EDT-0400)

    More than overkill.
  4. Or this if you want to OC better:

    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-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (3-Way CrossFire) ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (3-Way CrossFire) ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (3-Way CrossFire) ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 1050W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($214.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1968.82
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-14 21:11 EDT-0400)
  5. your best bet
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/JL0y

    -switch it to a i7 given you live near a microcenter

    heres what better about my build compared to the others

    -way better motherboard
    -i7s perform better than the fx
    -much better than the hyper 212 evo or the arctic freezer. the d14 performs better but depends if you care about color
    -tri-fire is extermely unefficient and amd cards will not play borderlands 2 well. the gigabyte 670 is also better than the evga 670s due to much more superior cooling
    -more storage is always good
    -better SSDs (the 840 pro is better but will run you much higher for a unnoticeable performance difference)
    -case is better than the 650D in every aspect for half the price.

    good hi-res panel. expensive but its the cheapest widely avaliable 1440p panel. or you can get 2 pb238q panels instead for gaming on one panel and the other one for work
  6. Thanks again guys, I'm pretty new at this. I still have a few questions, is a sound card worth it (i do like to listen to music, is there a large increase in quality?), 2 GB or 3 GB graphics card, and Nvidia or ATI (I have used both, wondering if 1 has a large advantage now and looking into the future). So far this is what I have,

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/JLvm
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/JLvm/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/JLvm/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($234.53 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($299.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($299.99 @ Amazon)
    Wireless Network Adapter: Asus USB-N10 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($169.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($151.29 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
    Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $2087.86
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-14 21:59 EDT-0400)
  7. thunrac said:
    Not to be picky, but I asked for an intel processor, will it just fit right in the same MB?


    All that would differ is motherboard and CPU. ASRock Z77 Extreme4 or 6 with a i5 3750K would work well. The issue with building Intel at this time is that you are a couple months away from the release of a new socket type and any current Intel build would be limited to the current available processors whereas AM3+ is going to be around for at least one more generation with AMD and that affords greater flexibility in upgrades in the future.
  8. @OPs new build

    -id get the phanteks dx cooler, but if you are settled on a D14, get this one. doesnt work out of the box since is for LGA 2011, but just email noctua for a 1155 mounting bracket. the advantage of this cooler is that it comes with PWm fans rather than the standard one that comes with 3pin
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=64540&vpn=NH%2DD14%20SE2011&manufacture=Noctua&promoid=1323
    -get a better motherboard like the one i suggested. this one uses the cheapest mosfets and components you can get on a motherboard. they tend to run much hotter as well. wouldnt cheap out on this part of the build
    -spend 2 bucks more and get a WD caviar blue 1tb. get a extra year of warranty
    -if you are settled on a 7950 CF, get the sapphire 7950s. they tend to perform a bit better when overclocked
    -dont game on wifi. use ethernet or get powerline solutions.
    -case is overkill in size. if you are putting a regular ATX board (the extreme4 is smaller than ATX) and not loading the thing, you are wasting the space provided
    -you dont need 850w and you dont need gold efficiency at that price
    -840 PRO performs better than the plextor i recommended, but then you are paying a 70 dollar premium for a speed difference that is undetectable in regular day to day operations
    -get the pb238q panels. IPS is way better than TN. it wont fade out when viewing at higher angles

    there is no difference between 2gb and 3gb cards at 1080p.
  9. i recommend a single 1440/1600 display, looks so much cleaner than 3 monitors but it doesn't really up the coolness feature when people come over and be like "holy sh*t! you have 3 monitors?"

    With a single 1440p monitor, the pixel density is pretty high, doesnt take a whole bunch of space, saves more energy than having 3 monitors, looks great, and has no void spaces(known as the black bars between each monitor)

    Also it is not worth it to tri SLI/CFX on a 1155 platform because of bandwidth issues. just do 2 way at most

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Xigmatek Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition 89.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD4H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($164.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Mushkin Silverline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.54 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($418.13 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($137.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($649.98 @ Amazon)
    Total: $2106.56
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-15 17:35 EDT-0400)

    comes a bit over, with this one hell of a monitor
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