[SOLVED] Looking for a new gaming computer. $2000ish dollars. How would you spend it?

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Looking for a new gaming computer. $2500ish dollars. Probably looking for prebuilt considering the pricing and scalping going on the the 3000series. If I could score a 3060 70 or 80.
I could build but that's like winning the lottery. Where would you go to get this?? Prebuilt or 3000 card for build.
I think Iv decided on this ultrawide monitor.
SAMSUNG 49-inch Odyssey G9 Gaming Monitor | QHD, 240hz, 1000R Curved, QLED, NVIDIA G-SYNC & FreeSync LC49G97TSSNXDC
Suggestions or links
would be great. TY
 
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You strike quite a hard bargain especially considering all the stuff with crypto currency diggers an overall electronics low supply crisis. This is the lowest accepctable thing I'd go for at this price range talkin' bout' rig meat exclusively:
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Side note I understand budget limnitation trust me I do but I'd highly rec switching to more powerfull motherboard, depending on the one u choose u might have to upgrade chassis too but it's worth it. Even in simple ease of access or air flow, I prefer to pick my mb atx ort e-atx standard.
 
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You strike quite a hard bargain especially considering all the stuff with crypto currency diggers an overall electronics low supply crisis. This is the lowest accepctable thing I'd go for at this price range talkin' bout' rig meat exclusively:
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Side note I understand budget limnitation trust me I do but I'd highly rec switching to more powerfull motherboard, depending on the one u choose u might have to upgrade chassis too but it's worth it. Even in simple ease of access or air flow, I prefer to pick my mb atx ort e-atx standard.
 
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You strike quite a hard bargain especially considering all the cr%p with crypto currency diggers an overall electronics low supply crisis. This is the lowest accepctable thing I'd go for at this price range talkin' bout' rig meat exclusively:
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Side note I understand budget limnitation trust me I do but I'd highly rec switching to more powerfull motherboard, depending on the one u choose u might have to upgrade chassis too but it's worth it. Even in simple ease of access or air flow, I prefer to pick my mb atx ort e-atx standard.
Thanks for the suggestions that's why I put $2000"ish". I'm leaning towards a prebuilt at the moment but mostly cuz getting a 3070 or 3080 is like winning the lottery.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions that's why I put $2000"ish". I'm leaning towards a prebuilt at the moment but mostly cuz getting a 3070 or 3080 is like winning the lottery.
I know ur pain, I'm still rockin' a pretty solid but outdated build with 1080 ti and 5 ghx overclocked i7 8700k due to money issues. I'd gladly increase my core count as well as finally see what this all rtx thing kids are talking about is all about but I don't exactly sh*t money to do so ;-) I hope I could be at least a little helpfull and honestly I'd advise against prebuild. I know it's convenient and all but honestly it's not rocket science, it costs you like 10$ more for some quality thermal paste and you really see what's inside of your rig. I ordered prebuild rigs 2 times in my life and one of those times I ended up beatin' the living <Mod Edit> out of the guy coz he wa trying to sell me gtx 750 instead of 1050 ti I ordered.
 
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I know ur pain, I'm still rockin' a pretty solid but outdated build with 1080 ti and 5 ghx overclocked i7 8700k due to money issues. I'd gladly increase my core count as well as finally see what this all rtx thing kids are talking about is all about but I don't exactly sh*t money to do so ;-) I hope I could be at least a little helpfull and honestly I'd advise against prebuild. I know it's convenient and all but honestly it's not rocket science, it costs you like 10$ more for some quality thermal paste and you really see what's inside of your rig. I ordered prebuild rigs 2 times in my life and one of those times I ended up beatin' the living <Mod Edit> out of the guy coz he wa trying to sell me gtx 750 instead of 1050 ti I ordered.
Your not wrong and I agree. I have built my last 4 systems although it's been a while my last build was in 2014 Im due for a whole new rig .....But when I look online and see a 3080 costing 75% of the cost of a new build Im like <Mod Edit> that I just order a prebuilt and pay 25% more and get a whole new rig. If I could find a 3080 or similar Id build my own. But admittedly I'm inpatient and the GPU lottery is pissing me off.
 
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Yeah can't fight the prices and can't fight the cryptocurrency digs sadly, Last time I built a rig for myself I paid around 1,2-1,4k $ for mytop shelf 1080 ti, nowadays it's 2,5-2,7k $ for 3080 ti (forget the 3090, overpriced and underperformes in tests).
 
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PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | Intel Core i7-12700K 3.6 GHz 12-Core Processor | $399.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler | Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black 82.52 CFM CPU Cooler | $109.95 @ Amazon
Motherboard | Asus PRIME Z690-P WIFI D4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard | $231.99 @ Amazon
Memory | Silicon Power GAMING 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory | $94.97 @ Amazon
Storage | HP EX950 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive | $102.39 @ Amazon
Video Card | Zotac GeForce RTX 3060 12 GB GAMING Twin Edge OC Video Card | $835.12 @ Amazon
Case | Corsair 4000D Airflow ATX Mid Tower Case | $94.99 @ Best Buy
Power Supply | Corsair RMx (2018) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply | $84.99 @ Newegg
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total (before mail-in rebates) | $1974.39
| Mail-in rebates | -$20.00
| Total | $1954.39
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-12-28 02:08 EST-0500 |
 
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PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | Intel Core i7-12700K 3.6 GHz 12-Core Processor | $399.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler | Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black 82.52 CFM CPU Cooler | $109.95 @ Amazon
Motherboard | Asus PRIME Z690-P WIFI D4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard | $231.99 @ Amazon
Memory | Silicon Power GAMING 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory | $94.97 @ Amazon
Storage | HP EX950 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive | $102.39 @ Amazon
Video Card | Zotac GeForce RTX 3060 12 GB GAMING Twin Edge OC Video Card | $835.12 @ Amazon
Case | Corsair 4000D Airflow ATX Mid Tower Case | $94.99 @ Best Buy
Power Supply | Corsair RMx (2018) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply | $84.99 @ Newegg
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total (before mail-in rebates) | $1974.39
| Mail-in rebates | -$20.00
| Total | $1954.39
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-12-28 02:08 EST-0500 |
Thank you Hellfire I'm upping my money to what ever the $uck I need to spend to get this thing. lol $2500- $3000 whatever. The GPU deal is driving me NUTS. I would really like a 3080 but of course there impossible to get........sigh And I'm a little worried about a 3060 pushing that huge ultra wide 49' at 1440. I'll look into that some more. Thanks that build looks great Thank you so much.
 
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These ratios seem like a good way to estimate/allocate costs to get a balanced system

You can use the CPU cost as "X"
GPU is probably 2X for a gaming build, 1-2X for a Productivity/Designer build, 3X for a top end gaming
Motherboard about 1/2X
Memory 1/2X
SSD/HDD 1/2X for gaming, 1-2X for a Designer build
Case 1/3X
Cooling 1/3X
Power 1/3X
The OS is a fixed $100.

X = total / 5.5
You could look at CPUs in the $350 to $400
 

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Thank you Hellfire I'm upping my money to what ever the $uck I need to spend to get this thing. lol $2500- $3000 whatever. The GPU deal is driving me NUTS. I would really like a 3080 but of course there impossible to get........sigh And I'm a little worried about a 3060 pushing that huge ultra wide 49' at 1440. I'll look into that some more. Thanks that build looks great Thank you so much.
You need to join the Newegg shuffle each day till you get lucky.
Today a 3070ti with a M.2 drive for 1079.
https://www.newegg.com/product-shuffle
 

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Look into dell. U can get a brand new xps model with 12700k 16g ddr5 rtx 3080 for $2300. Alienware has options from 1800 to 2500 for systems with a rtx 3080 that what I would do right now.
 

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