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A friend of mine is going to have me build him a new gaming rig with a 2,000 budget - give or take. Mind you he isn't an advanced computer user like most of us here on OCN, but he is competant. He wants to be able to play any game on the market maxed out at 1080p. Shouldn't be too hard. Want to keep it single GPU so he doesn't have to fuss with sli/xfire. Also needs blu-ray. Budget needs to include monitor, mouse, keyboard, and speakers. I'm gonna go price out what I can come up with, but I wanna see what you guys can come up with too. See if you single out something I forgot or come up with a better combo of things, all that good jazz.

Edit: You don't have to use the whole 2,000 budget either. That's just what he said he was willing to spend. The main goal is to be able to max out games at 1080p. Doesn't have to include maxed AA either.

What I came up with:
Asus VH226H 21.5" 1080p Monitor - 150
Asus Maximus IV Gene Z68 - 180
8GB (2 x 4GB) G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 1866 Ram - 60
Intel Core i5 2500K - 180 (microcenter)
Razer Deathadder Black edition mouse - 60
SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L LightScribe Support - 58
Win7 HP 64-Bit - 100
TP-Link high gain wireless adapter - 19
Corsair Force GT 90GB SSD - 140
SAMSUNG F3 1TB HDD - 160
Coolermaster CM 690 II Mid tower case - 90
Corsair HX650 PSU - 120
Coolermaster Hyper 212+ Cpu cooler - 30
Sapphire HD 7970 3GB - 560 - Is this too much GPU for maxing games at 1080? Should I downgrade it a bit and save him some money?

Total: ~1,957

Still need keyboard/speakers but I'll probably give him the G15 I'm using when my Ducky Shine get's here. Speakers idk about. He lives in a double wide mobile home so something with a subwoofer probably is too much. I also just ordered 2 NZXT Source 210 cases (no particular reason either lol. 60 bucks for the pair w/ free shipping, figured why not). Depending on how I like them when they get here, I may just use one of those for him instead of the 690 II.
Edited by Shiveron - 1/29/12 at 11:46am
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I recently built my brother a gaming rig for about $1500. It consisted of a i5 2500k, Asus P8P67 Pro board , Zalman cooler, 8GB G.Skill memory, XFX Radeon 6950 2GB, Western Digital 500GB HHD, Cooler Master Haf 922 case, 850W corsair psu, 23" samsung led monitor, creative speakers, logitech G110 keyboard, razer deathadder mouse and a samsung bluray reader/dvd writer. I overclocked the 2500k to 4.5GHz and the Radeon 6950 to 920mhz core and 1375mhz mem. It pumps out about 5500P in 3dmark11 and he's been running battlefield 3 on max settings around 55-60fps in 1080p resolution. He also plays games like MW3 and rage with 60+ fps no prob in 1080p.

Being that you have a 7970 that rig would play any game at max settings at 1920X1080. As far as speakers go the only thing I have been happy with are my Logitech Z-5500....but at a $400 price tag. The creative 5.1 speakers my brother has were only $75 and they are worth every penny of that. It all depends how picky he is with his sound. You can pick up samsung 23" led monitors for around $180 as well if he wants something with better contrast and a larger screen. I love my samsung monitors. Also if you plan on overclocking to 4.5GHz or more i recommend a corsair H80 cooler or something along those lines.
Edited by Jake_9611 - 1/29/12 at 11:52am
    
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I recently built my brother a gaming rig for about $1500. It consisted of a i5 2500k, Asus P8P67 Pro board , Zalman cooler, 8GB G.Skill memory, XFX Radeon 6950 2GB, Western Digital 500GB HHD, Cooler Master Haf 922 case, 850W corsair psu, 23" samsung led monitor, creative speakers, logitech G110 keyboard, razer deathadder mouse and a samsung bluray reader/dvd writer. I overclocked the 2500k to 4.5GHz and the Radeon 6950 to 920mhz core and 1375mhz mem. It pumps out about 5500P in 3dmark11 and he's been running battlefield 3 on max settings around 55-60fps in 1080p resolution. He also plays games like MW3 and rage with 60+ fps no prob in 1080p. If you want to go with an Nvidia card I do believe that a GTX 570 would be around the same performance or a little more but with a heavier price tag. Good luck!

So I could downgrade him from the 7970 to a 6950/6970/570 and still be able to max out BF3 w/ a playable framerate? I haven't bought a new GPU in quite a while (See 5770 in sig) so I don't have any personal experience with how these new gpu's handle games.
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If you get the 2500K at microcener you can get the board there too and get $50 off, The 7970 I would say is a good option since it will be able to handle most new games for a while with no problems. If you think its too much Maybe grab a GTX 580
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So I could downgrade him from the 7970 to a 6950/6970/570 and still be able to max out BF3 w/ a playable framerate? I haven't bought a new GPU in quite a while (See 5770 in sig) so I don't have any personal experience with how these new gpu's handle games.

yea. I play on almost ultra settings with an i5 and 6950 flashed to 6970...almost full ultra. and FPS is very playable. But if he has the cash he should get the 7970 now if he can. That would be a rig that would last longer before needing an upgrade. imo. Looks like the rig you outlined is perfect. I would use 1600 freq memory too. 1866 dose absolutely nothing for gaming. I use 1600 cas 8 g.skill. works perfect.
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If you get the 2500K at microcener you can get the board there too and get $50 off, The 7970 I would say is a good option since it will be able to handle most new games for a while with no problems. If you think its too much Maybe grab a GTX 580

Is that promotion still running? I don't see anything about it on MC's website.
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Is that promotion still running? I don't see anything about it on MC's website.

yes, add an i5 to the cart, and then add any 1155 mobo and you will see the deduction. Last friday I got a new mobo and i5 with it:) great deal!
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yes, add an i5 to the cart, and then add any 1155 mobo and you will see the deduction. Last friday I got a new mobo and i5 with it:) great deal!

Think it may have just ended then coz I don't see it :\
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If you got these parts over the course of ~1-2 months, you could probably save $100-200 if you search slickdeals. That SSD you mention is worth about $90 ($1/GB) and the monitor is worth about $100 max... I've seen 23" monitors go for about $100 a couple times. for $150, i'd expect at least a 24" monitor.\

Also the MSRP for that PSU is too high, you can get a nice 750W PSU for that price (like a X750): this was 3 days ago:

http://slickdeals.net/permadeal/68002/newegg-seasonic-x750-750w-80-plus-gold-modular-power-supply

And for the Hard drive.. that's an unfortunate price that's about $100 more than i paid for mines ><... for the price of both SSD & HDD i'd just get a 128GB M4 SSD and wait for HDD prices to drop which will probably take 6 months or more
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Think it may have just ended then coz I don't see it :\
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I believe those motherboard promotions are in-store only. In any case, if you can get a microcenter ad that says $50 off any motherboard with purchase of a 2500k (and get it showing the 2500k for $180) most Fry's Electronics will pricematch as long as they (Fry's) have it in stock
Edited by AchuSaysBlessYou - 1/29/12 at 12:19pm
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Its there. I just added the i5 2500k and the ASROCK extreme 4 gen 3 to my cart and it listed the mobo as 50 bucks cheaper.

I dont have that mobo in stock at my local micro center so i cant check what the price is. I'll bet its a $190 mobo

EDIT: just checked. You seeing the -50 price in you cart, that is a 189-209 mobo other place's.
Edited by KhaoticKomputing - 1/29/12 at 12:17pm
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