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    [US] Gaming PC - $2,000 Budget

    I haven't built my own PC for about 10 years now... This Christmas I am going to have ~$2,000 to build a gaming machine, and I want to get the best for my money! With this being said I mainly play WoW, but I intend on also playing CS:GO & BF3 for sure... I also want this machine to be able to handle minor video editing, but I assume that it would be able to... As for playing WoW I want to be able to play in a raid setting on ultra setting for graphics (been playing from a laptop for 3 years now on low settings).

    I would need literally EVERYTHING besides a mouse & speakers/headset. I have been looking at some parts online and as of right now I am pretty open to anything... I did find a case I liked (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119225) and would like to use this in my build if no one has any complaints about it. As for OS, I would like to stick with Win7 and stay away from Win8 for as long as possible...

    One other thing that I would like to mention is I would like the machine to be able to connect to a wireless network, as well as a wired network.

    Any help / suggestions are welcomed!

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    There you go.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($126.47 @ eCost)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($548.49 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($149.93 @ Mac Connection)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Asus VE248Q 24.0" Monitor ($184.92 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1815.73
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-26 11:20 EST-0500)
    Last edited by Nab; 2012-11-26 at 04:20 PM.
    System Specs -
    CPU - i5 2500k @ 5ghz | CPU Cooler - RASA RX240 | Motherboard - Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z/Gen3| GPU - Nvidia GTX 590|
    SSD - Crucial M4 128GB | RAM - 8GB Corsair Vengeance | PSU - Corsair TX850M | Case - CoolerMaster HAF 922
    | Monitor - Crossover 27Q (2560x1440) | Sidewinder X4 Keyboard |


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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($75.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
    Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($481.61 @ Compuvest)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Monitor: Asus VE248Q 24.0" Monitor ($184.92 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-OSMIUM Wired Gaming Keyboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1938.40
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-26 11:29 EST-0500)

    there ya go bit overkill but will last you a long time for sure.[COLOR="red"]

    ---------- Post added 2012-11-26 at 05:32 PM ----------


    edit http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833166073 for wireless
    Last edited by shroudster; 2012-11-26 at 04:33 PM.

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    Thinking about picking up this for a storage drive:

    http://www.newegg.com/Special/ShellS...0-_-11262012_1

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    Quote Originally Posted by jds433 View Post
    Thinking about picking up this for a storage drive:

    http://www.newegg.com/Special/ShellS...0-_-11262012_1
    Do it. I have one in my rig, great HDD right there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeltrusDisc View Post
    Do it. I have one in my rig, great HDD right there!
    indeed got a 3tb version here works great for storage lots of it and still fast when needed.

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    Any comments on this RAM:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...D=3938566&SID=

    Sorry for any stupid questions, like I stated I haven't built a PC in literally a decade...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jds433 View Post
    Any comments on this RAM:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...D=3938566&SID=

    Sorry for any stupid questions, like I stated I haven't built a PC in literally a decade...
    Great RAM, it's 1.5v so you won't have any issues. Just make sure you won't be getting a large heatsink since it's not low profile.
    System Specs -
    CPU - i5 2500k @ 5ghz | CPU Cooler - RASA RX240 | Motherboard - Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z/Gen3| GPU - Nvidia GTX 590|
    SSD - Crucial M4 128GB | RAM - 8GB Corsair Vengeance | PSU - Corsair TX850M | Case - CoolerMaster HAF 922
    | Monitor - Crossover 27Q (2560x1440) | Sidewinder X4 Keyboard |


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    Quote Originally Posted by jds433 View Post
    Any comments on this RAM:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...D=3938566&SID=

    Sorry for any stupid questions, like I stated I haven't built a PC in literally a decade...
    What Nab said but the CAS latency isn't the 9-9-9-24 that we're so used to seeing/using. Not sure if the difference is honestly noticeable, but I tend to try and get CAS9 RAM or lower.
    i7-5820K | ASUS X99- Deluxe | Crucial 2x8GB DDR4 2133MHz | eVGA GTX 760 SC | Crucial MX100 512GB | Crucial M500 240GB | Crucial m4 128GB | Western Digital Blue 1TB | Western Digital Black 1TB | SeaSonic X660 Gold
    ASUS MX239H | Schiit Stack Modi + Asgard 2 | Audio Technica ATH-AD700 | Presonus Eris E5 Studio Monitors | Blue Snowball Mic | Razer Death Adder | Corsair K70 | CyberPower 1500PFCLCD UPS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nab View Post
    Great RAM, it's 1.5v so you won't have any issues. Just make sure you won't be getting a large heatsink since it's not low profile.
    Do you think there would be any space issues using shourdster's CPU+Heatsink & Video Card setup?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jds433 View Post
    Do you think there would be any space issues using shourdster's CPU+Heatsink & Video Card setup?
    Your video card won't interfere with the CPU Heatsink. I'm not sure what shourdster's heatsink is, but I would recommend a well known heatsink like the Corsair Liquid cooling series, CoolerMaster EVO 212+, Thermalright Silver Arrow etc.
    System Specs -
    CPU - i5 2500k @ 5ghz | CPU Cooler - RASA RX240 | Motherboard - Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z/Gen3| GPU - Nvidia GTX 590|
    SSD - Crucial M4 128GB | RAM - 8GB Corsair Vengeance | PSU - Corsair TX850M | Case - CoolerMaster HAF 922
    | Monitor - Crossover 27Q (2560x1440) | Sidewinder X4 Keyboard |


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    Quote Originally Posted by DeltrusDisc View Post
    What Nab said but the CAS latency isn't the 9-9-9-24 that we're so used to seeing/using. Not sure if the difference is honestly noticeable, but I tend to try and get CAS9 RAM or lower.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231609

    think this would be better? seems a lot of the G.Skill ram comments I am reading say it doesn't run at 1600 but really at 1333

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    Quote Originally Posted by jds433 View Post
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231609

    think this would be better? seems a lot of the G.Skill ram comments I am reading say it doesn't run at 1600 but really at 1333
    The difference is so minimal I doubt you'll notice it.

    I've been running 1333 RAM for over a year, no issues at all.
    i7-5820K | ASUS X99- Deluxe | Crucial 2x8GB DDR4 2133MHz | eVGA GTX 760 SC | Crucial MX100 512GB | Crucial M500 240GB | Crucial m4 128GB | Western Digital Blue 1TB | Western Digital Black 1TB | SeaSonic X660 Gold
    ASUS MX239H | Schiit Stack Modi + Asgard 2 | Audio Technica ATH-AD700 | Presonus Eris E5 Studio Monitors | Blue Snowball Mic | Razer Death Adder | Corsair K70 | CyberPower 1500PFCLCD UPS

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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($126.47 @ eCost)
    Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($481.61 @ Compuvest)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Other: Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EZRX 1.50 TB 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ($64.99)
    Other: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe (RNWD-11005) Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCI Express 300/300Mbps Transfer/Receive Rate 2T2R 64-bit/128-bit WEP, TKIP, and AES WPA, WPA2 ($14.99)
    Total: $1712.94
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-26 13:03 EST-0500)

    This is what I came up with mixing and matching a few different builds... I also tried to stick with newegg for a few parts due to sales, and the fact that my wife wants to order some of the parts today as a Christmas gift... looking for feedback, if everything looks good it's time for me to pull the trigger on a few of the items!

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    When buying a mouse,keyboard, or headset always go razor dude. Its a more expensive but they make they shit to last.

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    I say pull the trigger, any issues I have with it are more just personal things I don't like. :P Probably not worth the time fussing over and likely will be fine.
    i7-5820K | ASUS X99- Deluxe | Crucial 2x8GB DDR4 2133MHz | eVGA GTX 760 SC | Crucial MX100 512GB | Crucial M500 240GB | Crucial m4 128GB | Western Digital Blue 1TB | Western Digital Black 1TB | SeaSonic X660 Gold
    ASUS MX239H | Schiit Stack Modi + Asgard 2 | Audio Technica ATH-AD700 | Presonus Eris E5 Studio Monitors | Blue Snowball Mic | Razer Death Adder | Corsair K70 | CyberPower 1500PFCLCD UPS

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    Quote Originally Posted by jds433 View Post
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($126.47 @ eCost)
    Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($481.61 @ Compuvest)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Other: Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EZRX 1.50 TB 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ($64.99)
    Other: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe (RNWD-11005) Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCI Express 300/300Mbps Transfer/Receive Rate 2T2R 64-bit/128-bit WEP, TKIP, and AES WPA, WPA2 ($14.99)
    Total: $1712.94
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-26 13:03 EST-0500)

    This is what I came up with mixing and matching a few different builds... I also tried to stick with newegg for a few parts due to sales, and the fact that my wife wants to order some of the parts today as a Christmas gift... looking for feedback, if everything looks good it's time for me to pull the trigger on a few of the items!
    Ok, this is just my personal advice/preference take is at you want.

    1, replace the CPU with an i5-3570k, there's no need for the i7 3770k for gaming/minor video editing.
    2, I'm not really keen of Gigabyte Mobo's, mainly since their BIOS is still old fashion.
    3, I would recommend the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard .
    4, Is there any reason why you don't want the Asus DCII GTX 680 and chose the Zotac instead?
    5. As for the case, that's a full tower case and it's full of plastic, I would again recommend the Corsair 650D ( Amazing case ). Other than that, the build is very solid.
    System Specs -
    CPU - i5 2500k @ 5ghz | CPU Cooler - RASA RX240 | Motherboard - Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z/Gen3| GPU - Nvidia GTX 590|
    SSD - Crucial M4 128GB | RAM - 8GB Corsair Vengeance | PSU - Corsair TX850M | Case - CoolerMaster HAF 922
    | Monitor - Crossover 27Q (2560x1440) | Sidewinder X4 Keyboard |


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathane View Post
    When buying a mouse,keyboard, or headset always go razor dude. Its a more expensive but they make they shit to last.
    Nope. Nope. Nope.

    First off: Never swear by any brand for everything and always, that's the first route to guaranteeing mistakes, anger, sadness, and regretfulness.

    Also, Razer makes plastic toys.

    I can name off several brands who make better products in each category:

    Logitech - mice, keyboards
    Corsair - mice, keyboards, headsets
    Thermaltake - keyboards

    And if you want real headphones:

    Shure, AKG, Sennheiser, Audio Technica, and Beyerdynamic are all professional quality audio companies.
    i7-5820K | ASUS X99- Deluxe | Crucial 2x8GB DDR4 2133MHz | eVGA GTX 760 SC | Crucial MX100 512GB | Crucial M500 240GB | Crucial m4 128GB | Western Digital Blue 1TB | Western Digital Black 1TB | SeaSonic X660 Gold
    ASUS MX239H | Schiit Stack Modi + Asgard 2 | Audio Technica ATH-AD700 | Presonus Eris E5 Studio Monitors | Blue Snowball Mic | Razer Death Adder | Corsair K70 | CyberPower 1500PFCLCD UPS

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    Only two things I'd change.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/part/inte...sdsc2cw180a310

    You will want the extra storage to make sure you are a few years compatible, and its a slight cost increase. Allows you install a extra program or two that you want on your SSD. This intel drive is also very reliable.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/part/seag...ve-st3000dm001

    Get this instead of the green. You want the 7200 spin speed, and its double the space for little more money.

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