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    Looking to Build - 2,000 budget

    I am looking to build a new machine, the last time I built a machine was when the AMD 64 first came out o_0... Anyway I am looking to build a new machine and I have roughly a 2,000 budget. I need to build everything for a machine...minus a mouse... My "must haves" are as followed:

    -SSD - size just enough for my games of course.
    -must be able to run WoW & D3 at max settings.
    -water cooled case - one of my cats sheds a ton o_0.

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    Read the sticky "Want help with your build?"
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    Cases don't come water cooled, a case is just a case. You would need to buy all of the appropriate waterblocks, and install the cooling loop, pump, fittings, radiator(s), and reservoir within whatever case you choose.

    If you haven't built a computer before from scratch, it isn't a wise decision to do water cooling. You're going to want to learn how to build with air cooling, then move on from there.

    Further, water cooling still requires a bunch of fans, usually with the radiator exhausting out of the case, creating negative airflow (pulling air in from the vents and cracks of your case). So if anything, you'll get more cat hair/dander/dust/whatever on your components using water cooling compared to air cooling.
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    Alright let's make a second attempt at this, but first I will post a comment looking for an answer.

    I have built about 15 PC's when i was younger (roughly around 2003 - 2007), but it has been years since I've built a new machine and I am not 100% up to date with what are the best parts on the market for my budget and such. But being that you brought to my attention that it would probably be worse for my machine to run on a water cooling system I can do without; which in return should help with budgeting!

    So to follow the sticky rules, I will just copy/paste the thread and answer in bold.

    -Budget: $2,000 - 2,500 (but more on the lower end if possible, aka if speakers need to be cut out that's fine)
    -Resolution: This one is sort of tough for me, being that my PC sucks right now... Currently I do drafting at work on a 1920x1200 machine; so I guess something a long the lines of that unless anyone suggests otherwise.
    -Games / Settings Desired: WoW, Diablo 3, Counter-Strike: Source / Global Offensive.
    -Any other intensive software or special things you do (Frequent video encoding, 3D modeling, etc): Nothing in particular; I would just assume a nice sized storage drive(s) along with a SSD.
    -Country: US
    -Parts that can be reused: mouse, lol
    -Do you need an OS?: Yes
    -Do you need peripherals (e.g. monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers, etc)? Monitor, keyboard suggestions, speakers w/ sound card if needed.

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    Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7dsR
    Part price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7dsR/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7dsR/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK-140 90.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD65 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.95 @ B&H)
    Hard Drive: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($281.99 @ Adorama)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($528.49 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($162.49 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 860W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($187.00 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Dell U2412M 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($337.99 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K90 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($111.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $2357.83
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated 2012-04-23 11:49 EDT-0400)

    What I'd get. Excellent performance, would handle all games on max settings. You don't necessarily need to buy a new monitor, I'd suggest you to stick with the one you have atm (but if you don't want to, buy the one I linked)
    Last edited by Anderzon; 2012-04-23 at 03:49 PM.

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    I currently don't have any monitor at all, I currently game from a work laptop at home. I only get about 6 fps while raiding from it, but I someone still top meters and don't die!

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    Then I suggest you to pick up the Dell Monitor that's included in my build. 1920x1200 e-IPS monitor. It is truly great

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    Just a question, how come a single video card over a SLI? or why not an SLI card at all.

    sorry if questions seem n00b, like I stated it's been a long time since i've built a gaming machine or even looked at the parts for that matter.

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    Theres no need at all to go multi-GPU for WoW and D3. The 7970 alone is total overkill for both games.

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    What a waste, a 60Hz monitor ... go for Acer GD245HQ 3d 120Hz and turn vSync on !

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    Alright maybe i should rephrase everything even more then lol... i need to be able to handle Titan when/if it ever comes out. thanks for all the input so far guys/gals!

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    Personal preferrences. While many do, not all games support Crossfire or SLI, and while you could get a bit more performance out of it with two cheaper cards, the increase isn't that big if I'm informed correctly. Also, buying one card now will make it easier to upgrade in the future; when you feel like the performance isn't good enough you can buy another R7970.


    Edit: On the monitor front that Necroma brought up: that is too personal preferrences. Some prefer 120Hz, some prefer the superior picture quality of the IPS-monitors. Personally, I prefer the IPS.
    Last edited by Anderzon; 2012-04-23 at 03:56 PM.

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    I was thinking of going with a full size tower (COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case) -- any thoughts or draw backs of doing so?

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    Anderzons build is not bad but I would go for something like this-

    Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($124.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($547.86 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi Tower ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
    Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
    Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1873.59
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated 2012-04-23 14:30 EDT-0400)

    You can mix and match monitors/Case based on your personal preference. You could also up the SSD to 256GB if you want to as you have plenty of room. This setup will run everything max for years.

    EDIT: That better Anderzon The 680 is a better card and this guy wants overkill so.
    Last edited by hapylol; 2012-04-23 at 06:31 PM.

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    Really? paying $50 more for the reference-cooled 680 over MSI R7970 Lightning?

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    just a heads up about x-fire an 7970 unless they changed something since i last looked it up X-fire doesnt work in windowed mode where as i believe nvidea does so if your the sort of guy that multi tabs alot or wants a second monitor at some point etc or you just prefer to play in wodowed (even fullscreen windowed i beleive) xfire doesnt do anything. I could be wrong but i nearly made this mistake with my 6870 was about to go xfire then found out for what i do just a better single gpu or swap to nvidea were my options.

    Edit: this one little thing here is why why sometimes function is better than overall performance depending on what you do so make sure you look into little things like that

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    Now that I think about it I would like to run two monitors, just so I don't need to alt+tab constantly when I want to put on music or look something up on the web. So maybe factor that in now that people have brought it up!

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