$2000 Desktop Build


Apr 12, 2013
I'm looking for some help on my first gaming PC build and want to stay around $2000 dollars. I have a basic design made of what i want but i would like help in improving if possible while staying within the price range.

My Design:

P.S: I want to have a good SSD for quick bootup and performance. By the way the reason i need a sound card is for my astros which require 7.1 dolby to work properly.


Feb 11, 2013
- gaming PC = i5-3570K is more than enough.
- that MB is expensive, ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 is good enough.
- N.O NO, that ram = nonono, go for value ram. 8GB 1600 MHz value ram.
- air cooling is better.
- Samsung 840 pro/intel 520/plextor m5pro/OCZ vector.
- 7970 GHz is better, 670 is more worthy than 680.
- you dun really need a sound card, waste of money. Unless you are going to do some serious music productions tasks.
- get seasonic's psu.
- spend the rest on a good monitor~~
- go for Asus dc2 GPU,MSI, Gigabyte,sapphire.


Apr 22, 2009
That's going to be hard to improve on. Of course, everyone will have their own pet "improvement". My only suggestion of any value would be to consider a bigger monitor. As long as you are spending 2 grand on a nice system, might as well watch it game on a 27" or larger display. If you are a Newegg regular that gets promo discounts, they have an AOC and a Benq 27" display on sale for a few more days at $200 and $210 respectively. Both with high ratings.


Oct 28, 2009
My advice for a $2K build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($88.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($162.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($364.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($364.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Orange) ATX Full Tower Case ($133.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($144.78 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.96 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($157.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $1958.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-13 00:15 EDT-0400)

You can downgrade the CPU to the i5-3570k. You don't need a 3770K for a gaming machine.

The motherboard you had seemed a little pricey, plus the Asus P8Z77-V LK is an SLI ready board with surround sound. This also saved a bit of money. The on-board sound will be great for gaming. The motherboard has analog and digital outs for surround sound. As a result, you save the expense of the sound card.

Also, you're paying a premium for the dominator platinum memory. I don't see a reason for it other than the cool looking heat sinks. I switched this out to save additional money.

Further, through the cost savings above, I was able to get you a GTX 670 SLI system as well as upgrade your power supply to a Seasonic gold and keep you in your price range.

These changes maximize your performance for a system in this price range.

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