First build (2000 dollar budget)

the collector

Feb 11, 2009
any suggestions for video card(s)? im at 1542 for my first gaming rig with everything but a gpu(s). i have a 2000 dollar budget.

im leaving out the video card because im still unsure what i want to do. im leaning towards two msi ocv4 gtx 260s. [...] 6814127430

i would like to run empire total war on high graphics. im not an avid gamer, but when i do play, i want to play right.

my wife will also be using this computer for photoshop and other stuff luike surfing the net. i want something powerful that will last me a couple years.

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OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop
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ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
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right now without the video cards, my total price is $1542 including shipping. my budget is still 2000.

also, whats up with the rumors i heard about the asus p6t deluxe screwing up all the time?
I hate when I write a response and it get's lost :p

Your build has a lot of good points, but let me see if I can tweak it a bit. Oh, and your links are broken.

Cooler Master 690 case Less expensive, but a better case over all. will cool everything quite well. Has all needed fans.
Corsair 850W Higher quality PSU at a great price.

The CPU cooler you chose is not too good. Zalmann has been surfing on the success they had years ago, but it's been a while since they made any coolers that could really compete.
The Scythe Mugen is all you need.

If you want to spend a bit more:
Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 120mm That would be pretty much top of the line.

As far as I know the P6T deluxe V2 is a fine board.

the collector

Feb 11, 2009
thanks for the advice gentleman. sorry about the links, truthfully, i dont know what the hell im doing so i dont know why they do not work.

im goping to look into both those video cards. i am making the purchase june 1st, so i will follow the prices of them both, check reviews and compare benchmarks. i hear excellent things about both of those video cards.

what do you guys think about two gtxz 260's in sli for 350 bucks?