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Hey, so I am looking to build a gaming pc with a budget of 2000 dollars (hopefully less if you can!) I don't know much about what should go into a "gaming" pc but I sort of have an idea? Here is what I have thrown together so far:

Intel Core i7 - 3770k Ivy bridge
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501

Geoforce gtx 368 2gb 256 bit
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130768

G.Skill Ripjaws z series 32gb (4x8)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231564

Asrock z77 extreme4 lga 1155 intel z77 hdmi motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

Crucial ballistix sport 8gb 240pin desktop memory
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148661

OCZ vertext 3 120gb ssd
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706

Also to be noted is I do not need a mouse, keyboard or monitor. I have a couple questions on what size of case I should get as well? Mid Size or Full? I also need an internal hard drive (preferably 750gb and up) as well as anything else I most likely missed or just put together the stupidest build ever without knowing it ;P .. All recommendations and help would be most wonderful!

Thanks a bunch!
Jesse
post #2 of 23
What games would you like to be playing? Is this PC strictly for gaming or will it serve other purposes?

EDIT: Here's my whack at it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($85.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($145.91 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($479.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 630 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer
Total: $1553.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-24 22:08 EDT-0400)

3770K because you wanted it and it's one of the best processors on the market currently.

Noctua NH-D14 because it's a cooling monster and it's pretty quiet.

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H because it's in the range of the Extreme4, but it is of better quality. I say this because the Extreme4 does not correctly read CPU voltage.

Stepped down to 16GB of Corsair Vengeance memory because using two DIMM slots is better than using four, 32GB is unnecessary for gaming, 16GB is even unnecessary. At most games use about 8GB. The memory is however, a much higher frequency.

128GB Samsung 840 Pro, some of the best SSD's on the market come out of Samsung because they produce pretty much everything that goes into their drives.

Barracuda 1TB because you wanted some storage space.

Threw in a random 680 because you wanted it. (IMHO pick one up from the OCN marketplace because people are dumping them off to buy the $650 GTX 780.)

NZXT Phantom case because it's a full tower and it is good looking.

CD/DVD burner, because why not.
Edited by 0CALEFACTION0 - 5/24/13 at 7:16pm
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post #3 of 23
Firstly, id start with the 8GB stick that comes with the mobo, see if that enough for your needs. splashing out on a 32GB kit looks cool but for a strictly gaming PC its more than a tad overkill. Overkill is good though thumb.gif. Then if its not, sell the 8GB stick to a friend for cheap who needs an upgrade and get yourself that awesome 32 gig kit.

Id drop the i7 for the i5 because again, unnecessary extra heat and cores for a strictly gaming PC.
i5 3570K (http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504)

Using the money saved from that, i would get a cooler. the Coolermaster Hyper 212 is a cheap and quite favorite, but splashing out a little more can get you some nice AIO water coolers like the corsair h80i
Hyper 212+ EVO (http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099)
Corsair h80i (http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181031)
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post #4 of 23
Don't get yourself a GTX 680 get a 7970 instead.
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Or you could go 780
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post #6 of 23
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I plan on playing games like Planetside 2, Diablo 2 and 3, Dark Souls, Battlefield 3 and more!

I agree with going with 16gb of ram. Plus the joys of building a pc is that you can always add to it which I love the idea of that!

Thank you so very much for your input biggrin.gif
Edited by Jesape - 5/25/13 at 12:49pm
post #7 of 23
Thread Starter 
Which is better, a 680 or 7970? Is it all personal preference?
post #8 of 23
If you will only be running one display, just get a 680.
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post #9 of 23
The 7970 is better than the 680 at everything, it's cheaper too and you get free games, what's not to like?
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by StayFrosty View Post

The 7970 is better than the 680 at everything, it's cheaper too and you get free games, what's not to like?

AMD's driver support, for one. If OP decides he wanted to get a second card in the future, then the 680 is a far better choice.

Personally, I'd opt for the 780 and skimp on extras elsewhere.
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