New build $2000 budget


Apr 7, 2011
Approximate Purchase Date: (March 2012)

Budget Range: $2000 +/- $300

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Streaming Movies, Music

Parts Not Required: Keyboard , Case (decided on the Das Keyboard and the Thermal Take Meka G1 Keyboard) and the Corsair Obsidian 800D case, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, TigerDirect, FrozenCPU, etc..

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Intel based board, best parts for the price..

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: N/A

Additional Comments: Would like to run the OS and games on SSDs, and have approximately 8 to 10 TB of storage for photos, music, videos. Looking for At least a Quad Core, possibly 6 core processor, 8 - 16GB of low CAS ram.



ok for what you are doing all you need is a quad core cpu and 8gb's of ram. you should not have gotten that case it is a hotbox and really just for water cooling. your monitor resolution is applicable because we need to know it so we can recommend graphics cards so please edit your post. 8tb's is a lot. start out with 2 2tb hdd's then if you need more add them. stocking up right now isnt the best idea since their price will go down.

i5 2500k- 220$

Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3- 125$

Gskill 8gb 1600 CL8- 56$ after promo code EMCKAHC38 ends 10/3 so if you want low case ram get that. if you cannot buy it within that time it really isnt worth it

Samsung F4 2tb- x2=160$

Crucial M4 128gb- 192$

psu & gpu- need to know monitor resolution

Logitech g500 mouse- 60$

Speakers- 132$
or on the cheaper side- 55$

OS- Windows 7 Home Premium OEM- 100$



Apr 7, 2011
Thanks, for the case, I haven't purchased it yet, but I've done a lot of research regarding it, I know it is built for watercooling, however it has great cooling fan-wise as well. The setup of the case is amazing, the ability to keep the box looking clean with all the grommets and such...

I want the space, I have approx 1.5 TB of files as it is, sooo :)

I have a ASUS 25.5 inch monitor, I'm running at 1900x1200 at the moment..

The mouse I have already, sorry didn't mention it.

OS - Windows 7 Ultimate 64 (Technet Subscription) already have.




oh i thought you just had a keyboard
1.5tb. then just add 1 more 6tb should last you for a while
os- make sure to get the oem version save some $
PS: Corsair HX850- 154$
EVGA GTX 570- x2=690$
CASE- If you want great cable management but i think you should get a case with better airflow get the corsair carbide 500r. it comes with a total of i think 6 fans


Apr 7, 2011
thanks for the suggestions, i'm taking everything into consideration :)

You really don't think the airflow in the 800D is good enough ? I know you mentioned better for water cooling, but it looks like they've separated the compartments to allow for better cooling, the fans blowing on the hard drives and out the back of the case behind the motherboard, etc... hmmmm

here, try this:

i5-2500K: $219.99

AS Rock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3: $124.99

Coolermaster Hyper 212+ EVO: $34.99

Corsair 8 GB DDR3-1600: $47.99

Antec EarthWatts 750W PSU: $94.99 w/ $25 rebate

Corsair 90 GB SATA 3 SSD: $149.99

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB HDD: $59.99

2x Sapphire HD 6970: $659.98 (329.99 x2) w/ $20 MIR

3x Acer 23" 1920x1080 monitors: $447.00 ($149.00 ea)

Rosewill Challenger U3 case + Win 7 OEM : $154.98

Rosewill 120mm fan 4 pack: $12.99
Use 2 in the case and 2 on the Hyper 212 (they have slightly higher airflow than the CM fans: 74 cfm vs 69 cfm)

Rosewill Gaming keyboard (PS/2): $9.99

Gear Head 1600dpi Mouse: $8.99

Cyber Acoustics 14W 2.1 Speakers: $8.99

total $2035.85


Sep 5, 2010
3x HITACHI Deskstar H3IK30003272SW (0S03208) 3TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
2x G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
1x Intel EXPI9402PTBLK 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI-Express Two Gigabit Copper Server Connections - OEM
1x ZOTAC AMP2! ZT-50104-10P GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 3072MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
1x GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD7-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
1x Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600
1x OCZ RevoDrive X2 OCZSSDPX-1RVDX0100 PCI-E 100GB PCI-Express x4 MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
1x Thermaltake Black Widow W0319RU 850W ATX 12V v2.3, EPS 12V v2.91 CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
1x SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-222AL/BSBE LightScribe Support - OEM
1x Cyber Acoustics CA-3602 30 Watts 2.1 3 Piece Flat Panel Design Subwoofer & Satellite Speaker System
1x Rosewill RK-100 Black USB Standard Keyboard
1x Rosewill RM-2400L 6 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser Mouse
For $2,568.85 and $27.82 shipping it is a high performance build and little to no consideration to budget restricts sorry about the over budget cost. As every peice was picked out for high performance including the add-on cards all 3 of them ment to reduce latency between the time which you click and the time which it happens on screen.
The Prices were taken as of October 04, 2011 on and may change over time and from place to place.

On the topic of the Network card in this computer it is there to speed up the network transfers as it has its own processor for the network traffic which will come and go so the traffic just to stay conneted to the network and stuff like that will not brother the system CPU freeing up cycles for it to do other stuff which the user may want. the PCI-E x4 interface for the 100GB SSD is because why have a SSD if it is not going to go incredibility quick. The PCI-Express bus allows the transfer rates of the SSD to go over triple that of the SATA II connector thus a better choice for a drive which will have a lot of traffic going to and from it not to mention the higher IOPS it has over the SATA III equivent at the current time anyways even though that part is smaller in relation.



really? because you wont be able to overclock the processor and those hitachi 3tb drives are not very good. the thermaltake black widow is a crappy psu and cannot sli 580's. and there is not point in that motherboard if you cant sli.