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I have a 2 months goal for a $2000 budget and need help for the build.
Here is what I made http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Bookwormz/saved/2ycm
Aside from forums and a magazine I have no knowledge of what to do as far as builds go so requesting help on what I should change and what not.
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If you're gaming, ditch the i7 useless hyperthreading for a comparably powerful i5, bump up to a 670, and get a better motherboard from a manufacturer I am biased to based on my track record with them.
Also, you don't need a network card or a sound card, 8GB RAM is fine for almost all tasks unless you plan on running virtual machines or video/audio editing.
Besides that, the SSD is a good brand, though you are missing a storage drive and 250GB will fill up pretty quickly.
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I changed a few things and I think it's improved. Better cooler, better video card by far, cheaper PSU and RAM.
I changed the monitor to 1920x1080 instead of 1920x1200 since it saves quite a bit of money and I really don't think it would make much of a difference. You could also look into getting a 27" 1080p monitor or spend a little more for a 1440p monitor.
I also removed the network adapter since the motherboard has an ethernet port and I removed the sound card but if you have a good enough sound system to warrant it you can add it back in.
I would normally advise against an i7 and go with an i5 but when you get into the $2000+ you might as well get one since games will start using the cores soon.
I didn't change the case since it's pretty subjective but the one you picked is quite expensive and I don't know how good of a case it is. You could look into the new Corsair 750D which is in the same price range.
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Thanks for the help and looking at them now. Since I have a financially stable job now decided to get into PC gaming, but other than the bare basics of the FAQ and this PC Gamer magazine I have next to no clue about picking parts for a PC so thanks for not calling me out too bad on the ignorance.
Okay so made some changes based on what you two said and so I think this is a solid build now?
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Personally I would put a sound card on it. If you are going to do more then 2.1 anyway. If my computer is going to look great then I figure it might as well sound great too. Get something that can handle 5.1 at least and 7.1 would be even better.
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If you plan on working and browsing the web more than playing games or watching movies, then get the 1920x1200 monitor rather than the 1080p one. The extra 11% resolution becomes very valuable (things like seeing an entire document at 100% zoom, more screen real estate for more stuff, etc.).
There's no reason to be getting Windows 7 over Windows 8 at this point. Windows 8 is better by almost every objective measure. For the more subjective measures that people complain about (the new start screen, mostly), there are programs that will make Windows 8 look like older versions of Windows.
I personally dislike the closed loop coolers like the H100i. I don't even consider them real water cooling. Just get something like the Noctua NH-D14, Thermalright Silver Arrow, Phanteks PH-TC14PE, etc. They're cheaper, quieter, and will perform as well or even better than the H100i in normal situations (unless you decide to do a high overclock to like 4.5 GHz).
If you have stereo headphones, just get the cheaper Xonar DG rather than the DS. If you care more about sound quality, then get the Xonar D1/DX or an external DAC that's around the same price (that price range is the entry level into higher quality audio). The Xonar DS is just too awkwardly placed in the middle IMO.
You're getting a blu-ray drive, but how often do you actually use blu-rays? And do note that you can't play blu-rays with the drive alone. You'll need to buy some software (or take your chances with crappy free ones).
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I personally dislike the closed loop coolers like the H100i. I don't even consider them real water cooling.
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