$2,000 Gaming PC w/ Monitor


Jun 6, 2009
Hi, this is my first post here. I have $2,000 to spend on a brand new computer, and this will be my first home built computer. I plan to be buying this computer within the next two weeks, based upon further research. I want to be gaming on a 23" monitor, but I'm not really sure what to get. Here is what I've put together so far.
I would like to buy all the components from Newegg to ease the hassle of ordering from multiple sources. I like the Antec 1200 because it's all black, which is something I want, besides looking massive and having a lot of cooling features. Please help me tinker with different parts so I can get the best performance and pricing.

CASE: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129043 Antec Twelve Hundred 174.99
PSU:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139007 Corsair 1000W 239.99
MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128361 GIGABYTE GA-EX58-EXTREME LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard 328.99
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202 Intel Core i7 920 244.05
CPU cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608001 Noctua NH-C12P 120mm SSO CPU Cooler 64.99
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150349 XFX ATI 4870 x2 2GB 379.99
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227381 OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB)
HD for OS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218 Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 69.99
HD for Storage: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136317 Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB 89. 99
Monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001330 Samsung 23" High Glossy 2ms $279.99 (should I get a cheaper Acer?)
KB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823109164 Microsoft Keyboard $11.99
Mouse: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104076 Logitech G5 49.99
Thermal Compund: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007 Artic Silver 5 8.94

Subtotal : $2,079.82
Tax: $171.59
Shipping: $47.07

Grand Total: $2,298.48
(http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingCart.aspx?nm_mc=EMC-RMC&cm_mmc=EMC-RMC-_-content-_-txt-_-ShoppingCart&cm_lm=migueljuar3z@gmail.com link to my cart)

I plan on overclocking this computer after it's first built and running. I haven't had a new computer in 7 years so this will be a huge upgrade for me!


Oct 20, 2008
Nice build, nice PSU, good cooling.

Youv done your Homework. going with 2 4870 CF is cheaper ex:

HIS or Gigabyte 4870 1gb sell for 160$ each. ( -20$ each MIR for the Gigabyte ) ending under 300$ for 2 4870 1gb.

But personnally o would go for a GOOD single GPU and maybe a CF-SLI later on the road when need or a complete swap when DX11 card reach the store.

EX : GTX285 or HD4890

Its a nice build anyway !



Nov 15, 2008
I would downgrade to a 750tx


If you want more, go for the 850tx for $20 more but the 750tx is more then enough.

I would then use the money you saved on the psu and get get 2 4890's over the 4870x2


This card is cheaper but does not have free shipping,


Another suggestion is to get a very cheap card now, $100 or less, and wait for the next generation of gpu's to come out!



Nov 1, 2008
Get the newer DO version of the CPU. There's a place in NJ that sells it for quite a bit less. Also, if you are in a state that doesn't have a NewEgg physical presence (office or warehouse) you can probably avoid the sales tax.

not moose

Apr 21, 2009
Antec Twelve Hundred / Antec TruePower Quattro 1000W - $334.98
Intel Core i7 / ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 - $554.98
Noctua NH-U12P - $79.99 + Arctic Silver 5 - $8.94
OCZ Platinum 6GB DDR3 1600 / EVGA GTX 275 - $322.98
OCZ Vertex Series 30GB - $148.49
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $99.99
LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R - $23.99

ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms(GTG) - $199.99

If you want a hard drive for your OS get an SSD. Your choice of heatsink doesn't match the LGA 1366 socket. Going with one GTX 275 and one later will out perform the 4870x2, or buy a low end card and wait for the 300 series.

Being picky with the internal colour of a case really messes with the budget, you can paint it you know. As for the keyboard and mouse, thats a personal choice. If you want to lower the budget take the SSD out, the only real benefit from it is a faster boot up time and application load time.

Like strandwolf said, look for a D0 stepping i7 920.
The monitor in this build supports HDMI, and and has a higher native screen resolution than that Samsung. The psu in this build is modular, and gives you some lee way for upgrading later on. Also the WB Black in this build is fast...so I would wait a few months for SSD's to drop in price and grab one of those for your o/s if you still feel the need by then. This build also includes the newer D0 Stepping i7 920 cpu.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.199127 Combo Discount: -$40.00 Combo Price: $304.98
Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
Antec TPQ-850 850W Continuous Power ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active ... - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U4P $222.99 | $207.99 after rebate
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CorssFireX & 3-Way SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

https://www.antaresdigital.com/customer/product.php?productid=16135&cat=282&page=1" $ 280.00
Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz LGA 1366 Socket 8MB Cache CPU D0 Stepping

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029 $39.99
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835154003 $4.99
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130475 $239.99 ($219.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Free Cryostasis game w/ registration at manufacturer website

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130475 $239.99 ($219.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Free Cryostasis game w/ registration at manufacturer website

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231247 $94.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284 $99.99 Free Shipping*
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152 $23.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236033 $279.99 ($259.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
ASUS MK241H Black 24" 2ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor with 1.3M Pixel Webcam 450 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 3000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail
Color Saturation 92% (NTSC)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823109164 $11.99
Microsoft ZG6-00006 Black 103 Normal Keys 10 Function Keys PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard 500 - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104076 $49.99
Logitech G5 7 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser 2000 dpi Mouse - Retail

Total: $1,893.87 | $1,818.87 w/mail in rebates

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.aspx?ITPID=mscomsc <--- Save yourself some money on an o/s until March 2010 and dl the 64 bit version of Windows 7

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128374 <--- more pics, specs, and customer reviews of that Gigabyte UD4P mobo used in this build

http://www.anandtech.com/weblog/showpost.aspx?i=584 <---short review on that D0 stepping i7. It runs cooler than the older C0 stepping i7's

http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=11773&Itemid=1 <--- that's one way you can tell if you have a D0 stepping cpu or not


Jun 6, 2009
It's not just the internal colour I'm being picky about, I just plan like the 1200 series. I like it's big size, the black color, the side window, the mesh in front, it looks niceee. And what is a D0 stepping i7 920?

Look at the bottom of my post up above...the build I posted for you and it explains all about D0 Stepping. Runs cooler = higher over clocks.
Hi...it is a nice build but in general, you are paying more than what you will be using...
You can swap components to get a better overall system...And make use of it totally

1. Mobo - Change the mobo to this one...

Reason -
And it has a very good onboard sound too...

2. For the CPU cooler, there are other cheaper options, which would perform as good or better than the Noctuna...So you need not spend extra cash for the same cooling...
But if you buy just a single component - CPU cooler outside newegg, then it would be good as you can get one of the best cooler for i7, which is not available with newegg...
Just check who is the best store and get it from there...

3. HDD - For OS, buy the faster WD Black 640GB - just $5 more but is noticeably faster...

4. Monitor, skip that and get something like this...

5. I agree with others that you wont be needing 1000W - unless you are planning to add one more 4870X2 in quad- crossfire anytime soon...
If you have such a plan please drop it as a single 4870X2 would easily max out all the current games @ that resolution and having 2 of them is just sheer waste of electricity and graphics power...
And by the time, you would need more graphics power, newer DirectX 11 graphics cards will be out and you can get them instead of hunting for another 4870X2...
and like Mrbumbum said, switch to 2x 4890s or GTX 275...

Switch Corsair 750TX PSU...
As the OP want to overclock and his budget allows that extra $20 on the CPU cooler, I would still recommed the TRUE eXtreme 1366 RT...

And I feel that ASUS board is worth the extra $12...but the UD4P is not bad though...


Jun 6, 2009
Will that ASUS Micro ATX Mobo allow for SLI and such? A small motherboard would worry me.

So, following mostly Why_Mes post it's either gonna be a GTX 275 SLI setup or a 4890 SLI setup? Which would would be better? I've heard that the performance is equal.
Did you go through the article that compares that ASUS board directly to the ASUS P6T?
It is a premium series board, which has the Rampage badge - which means lots of tweak options, high quality components, circuitry...
It has outperformed it in most of the benchmarks...
And yes it would offer Full x16x16 SLI or xfire with its 2 PCIe 2.0 slots...

I would slightly lean towards the GTX 275 as SLI tends to scale little better than crossfire...
But either would do...So check the which card, plays your favourite games better and get that card...


Jun 6, 2009
So this is what I've got now.

Case + PSU: Antec 1200 + Antec 850W PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.199127 $304.99
Mobo: ASUS Rampage II Gene http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131371 $239.99
CPU: Intel i7 920 D0 Stepping https://www.antaresdigital.com/customer/product.php?productid=16135&cat=282&page=1&#034; $280.00
CPU cooler: Xigmatech Dark Knight http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029 $35.10
RAM: G-Skill 6GB (3 x2gb) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231247 $94.99
GFX: EVGA GTX 275 x 2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130475 $479.98
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200RPM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284 $99.99
Monitor: ASUS 24" 2ms http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236033 $279.99
Mouse: Logitech G5 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104076 $49.99
KB: Logitech USB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126013 $8.99
Thermal Grease: Tuniq TX-2 $4.99
Mouse Pad: $6.99
Extra Case Fan for Side Door: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835129016 Antec Case Fan 120mm $13.99

Grand total w/ shipping and tax = $2086.81

What you guys think? I'm just about to order.


Jun 6, 2009
Yeah, I was thinking that maybe on the micro ATX board the SLI 275s would maybe get a lil' hotter. I think I'll go for the Gigabyte.


380 dollars on a video-card you dont need for a 23'' monitor unless the resolution is ridiculously high like 2000x2000 or something like that then you dont need such a ridiculous card, normal 23'' monitors are 1080p (1920x1080). In this case a 280 dollar GTX280 or even a cheaper GTX275 would be the best for that resolution and would save you like 150bucks+ which you could use to buy a nice 10,000 rpm velociraptor hard drive that would make games and applications open up lightning fast compared to your 7200rpm drive or buy a a small solid state drive to make applications open up literally lightning fast compared to any hard drive currently available and keep your storage like multimedia and stuff on an external drive while applications on the solid state.

He has a $230 evga gtx 275 with a $20 rebate and free shipping in his build along with a 24" monitor....nothing wrong with that.

It looks to be over clocked platinum. Iv'e never seen that particular ram tbh. I think it's new on the market for the fact three of the sites I went to to look it up were still waiting for it's arrival. You can get OCZ platinum or GSKILL 1600 for about the same price at newegg.

http://www.directron.com/3p1866c9lv6gk.html <---more specs on that RAM