2-3K Gaming build, ordering parts right after approval


Nov 4, 2012
Approximate Purchase Date: most probably today

Budget Range: 2000-3000 dollars (budget is not a problem so i would not mind going for the absolute best)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Photoshop, Internet, Movies, Music, Minecraft Server

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, but its not included in this build, i also own a 1080p monitor will be using it as my 2nd monitor but not for games

Parts to Upgrade: Everything

Do you need to buy OS: No, i have a Copy of Windows 7 Ultimate from work

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon only

Location: N/A

Parts Preferences: Strictly Asus, nVidia, Corsair, Intel, EVGA

Overclocking: Maybe, when i need to

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 2x1080p might add a 3rd (only one will be used for gaming)

Additional Comments: i have assembled 2 builds which i really like, i am not sure which one will be better because i don't like to upgrade/change my PC very often so will be keeping this for quite sometime
-Aw and also please don't recommend similar products that are cheaper from other brands

Why Are You Upgrading: Currently using my 4 year old iMac Core 2 Due with both Windows 7 and Mac OSX installed




Dec 15, 2012
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($314.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Formula EATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($153.31 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 690 4GB Video Card ($1004.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-14D1XT Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $2342.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-24 09:40 EST-0500)

I left the case, mouse, and keyboard up to you as these are just preferences. Make sure you get a full tower for this build as the motherboard is EATX. Left you the option for SLI (probably won't need is any time soon) and overclocking. Went with 1000W PSU just in case you do SLI.