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Want to build $2200-2700 gaming PC


Feb 20, 2012
The last PC i built was back in 2007, I would like to create a new monster but have not kept up with the latest hardware. Any suggestions would be appreciated. This is a from scratch build and I will try to install liquid cooling for the first time.

Approximate Purchase Date: March 9

Budget Range:$2200-2700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching movies, video editing, and Surfing

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or ncix.com

Country: US

Parts Preferences: by brand or type : I don't have a preference on parts

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 smaller is better.

Additional Comments: I would like quite and cool nothing that heats up the room by 10 degrees like my current build. I would also like HDMI ports and maybe 3D.


Additional Comments: I would like quite and cool nothing that heats up the room by 10 degrees like my current build. I would also like HDMI ports and maybe 3D.
True 3-D monitors aren't necessary for gaming. There's no games or applications right now that take advantage of those displays, I wouldn't spend the money on them, honestly - it's become more of a gimmick than anything else.

Here you go:

Case: NZXT Phantom White - $129.99
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 950 - $149.99
Motherboard: Asrock X79 Extreme 6 - $279.99
CPU: 3.6GHz Intel Core i7-3820 - $339.99
Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 - $89.99
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 16GB (4 x 4GB) 1600MHz 1.7V - $159.99
SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $159.99
HD: 2TB Samsung Ecogreen F4 - $159.99
Optical: LG BD-R Burner - $59.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 - $559.99
OS: Windows 7 Pro - $139.99

Total: $2,159.99


Feb 20, 2012
I would definitely advise you to take some time picking what case you want, as you're the one that has to put it together and see it every day. I like G-unit's build quite a bit and it's what I'd do if I was putting nearly that much money into a computer. You could put the rest of the money into water cooling gear. Depending on how much you like the idea of bleeding a system and monitoring for leaks/bubbles and silencing a water pump you may be better of with a pre-built water cooling kit or just high end air cooling components.

Also any PC drawing the amount of power(1KW) is going to put off quite a bit of heat, and the fact that water cooling dissipates the heat more effectively will not in effect reduce the quantity of heat generated. If you really want an especially cool/quiet build you would need to go with economical components that draw very little power, and subsequently cost much less money. With a cool/quiet build you couldn't even spend that much money, unless going with a bunch of SSDs.


Jan 1, 2011

+1 to this. prices are a little off though gunit.
here is a combo with the i7 3820 and extreme6 motherboard- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.835892 580$

here is a great monitor also- http://www.logicbuy.com/deals/dell-ultrasharp-u2412m-24-inch-ips-led-backlit-lcd-monitor/32896.aspx 300$
review: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/s242hl-bid-u2412m-t24a550,3016-14.html
When it debuted, the U2412M sold for $350. Now, it's $50 cheaper. While the U2412M continues to cost more than non-IPS displays of similar size, it offers much better performance, which is why it's receiving our Tom's Hardware Approved award, given to a select few products that deserve recognition for their performance in our lab. We're still hoping Dell makes e-IPS more affordable with future price drops, though, at $300, it's a much more palatable purchase.
nzxt cases are good but they are not that solid in terms of build quality-

Antec Eleven Hundred- http://www.amazon.com/ELEVEN-HUNDRED-Advanced-Gaming-Authority/dp/B005X3E4YC/ref=sr_1_1? s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1329794508&sr=1-1 110$

Antec P280- http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Cases-P280-Aluminum-Front/dp/B005X3E5BO/ref=sr_1_12?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1329794563&sr=1-12 123$

*both antec cases do not include intake fans if you were to get either grab 2 120mm fans

Corsair 600t- http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Graphite-Mid-Tower-Computer-CC600TM/dp/B004X63JWS/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1329794665&sr=1-2 154$

Corsair 650d- http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004UE1W9K/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&qid=1329794723&sr=1-1&condition=new 167$

Silverstone RV03- http://www.amazon.com/Silverstone-Extended-90-Degree-Motherboard-Mounting/dp/B005JW6VUW/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1329794778&sr=1-2 144$

Silverstone RV02- http://www.amazon.com/SILVERSTONE-RV02B-W-Steel-Tower-Computer/dp/B002M78KZG/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1329794812&sr=1-1 160$



i agree with everything.bu there are some really pleasing deals.240GB sata III SSD for $279-
2 120mm extra case fans and 1 200mm nzxt fan would be a good investment.i recommend cougar fans.other things are good.
i was also going to suggest a setup similar to this ;) :sol:

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