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About 7 years ago I came across this forum (I think) with a build I had spent some time on before purchasing it, and with some guidance, I was saved a couple bucks and helped tweak a few pieces. Last week that build died. I am in the process of making another gaming rig.

Primary uses: FPS games (TF2, L4D2, Crysis, Etc) Movie watching (Netflix, Hulu, Blu-Ray) Music listening. Most components will be purchased through Newegg, but am not opposed to places that may be selling the same item for cheaper. I wanted to stay below 2,000 and I feel have done that well without going completely overboard.


CPU : Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz - 328.99
MOBO: MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 - 179.99
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB DDR3 1333 - 84.99
Video Card : EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 - 519.99
Sound Card : Creative SB X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional -89.99
HD : WD Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s - 59.99
CD/DVD/BR : LG Black 10X Blu-ray Burner - 89.99
Heatsink : ZALMAN CNPS9900 - 64.99
Case : IN WIN Dragon Rider Black - 159.99

I have the Power supply (CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V)

Any hints, direction, advice, or ideas you may have I would appreciate.

Thanks for taking the time
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We don't yet recommend the sandy bridge branch of cpus due to possible instabilities so just know you're taking a risk there.

Mobo is fine, although its sold out at newegg. I would prefer to see a gigabyte/asus board.

RAM is fine, 8gb is a little overkill for a gaming box i would prefer to see a 2x2gb set.

Video card seems a bit extensive, note that your paying an additional $20 for something you could do yourself with a stock card. (both cards are currently out of stock)

For casual music listening on board sound should be fine. although this is a preference.

Good choice on harddrive, if your storing HD movies might look and upgrading to say 750gb for an extra $20.

Burner will do you fine, same one as i have :) (little noisy while writing)

I admit stock HSF for intel are pretty bad but you will not be needing something quite that expensive. Something like this will do you just fine. - ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler

Case is fine.

PSU is fine.

Overall, Solid build.
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Have you looked at our suggested builds list? All builds there use top quality parts.
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