Gaming Rig For $2000

By Ritwik7
Apr 4, 2015
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  1. Hi everyone,

    I'm back here after really long. Looking to build a new machine with a budget of approximately $2000. Here's what I've figured:

    1. AMD FX 8350 Black Edition - $179.99
    2. ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z AM3+ AMD 990FX - $219.99
    3. MSI R9 290X Lightning - $399.99
    4. EVGA Supernova 850G2 - $144.99
    5. Crucial MX100 512GB - $209.99
    6. G.SKILL Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) - $139.99
    7. Fractal Design Define R5 (Window) - $119.99
    8. Zowie FK1 - $59.99
    9. Overlord Tempest X270OC - $449.99

    TOTAL - $1924.91

    This currently excludes the keyboard, which I need suggestions for. Any thoughts on how these look? I'm open to ideas. :)
  2. Spykezxp

    Spykezxp TS Addict Posts: 290   +73

    My suggestions: Save some money by making a few changes. You will still get excellent performance and still be able to overclock (if that is what you want to do), while saving money for some other parts.

    Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 - $174.99
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X 16GB - $119.99
    Storage (Hard Drives): Crucial MX100 256GB (SSD) - $109.99 (for Operating System and a few programs/games you run often) *And Also* Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB - $54.99 (for Storage and programs that do not require the SSD speed)
    Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold (Full Modular) - $124.99 (You will still have plenty of power left for overclocking)
    Aftermarket Cooler for CPU: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $34.99 (The stock cpu fan is not that good, get an aftermarket one for better cooling)

    This will put you around $1830 which will leave you plenty to for a keyboard of your choice.
    Have you thought of going Intel? Going to Intel would help with "Future Proofing" your PC.
  3. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,672   +9

    Thanks for the suggestions, Spykezxp.

    Okay, so I switched from the Fractal to the NZXT S340. I know the Fractal is a much better case but I thought of saving the $50. This I intend to push to the Formula Z. (I'm really biased to the RoG color combination.)

    I already ended up ordering the Trident memory kit, the SSD (picked an Intel 730 480 GB for the same price as the Crucial) and the case before I read this.

    For the PSU, I intend to keep the 850W unit in case I go CF with the 290X. Would like the headroom considering I'll be OCing the system.

    Now for the Intel vs AMD debate. My prior system (the one I've left back in my home country) is an i5 3570K + GTX 670 and has worked really well. I know that the Intel CPUs are way better than the AMDs now but I just think that the overall cost of a good board (at the level of the Formula Z) + CPU might be a bit prohibitive.

    Any thoughts?
  4. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,672   +9

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