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Build a $2000 Gaming PC Build for the Month of June 2013

This is a special month, because I don’t normally do a $2000 build in a month to month time-frame. There are a few reason I have decided to do one this month and the first reason is simple, because you, the readers, have requested on multiple occasions last month that I do one.

Reason two, with the introduction of the new Intel Haswell processors coming out a few days or so ago I thought it was the right time to do one. Although, I didn’t make this build a Haswell build, this is the best $2000 build in my opinion you can get for your moneys worth at the time being. Prices may also be decreasing on some of the hardware as the month goes on so do keep an eye out for this (just a random gues however).

And finally, reason three I am doing a $2000 build is also to make comfortable room to include the very new GTX 780 Graphics card, which has made it’s way splendidly into the realm right underneath the GTX Titan cards. This has made the GTX 780 a very smart buy for a high-end gaming graphics card.

This build is no wimpy gamers build, so dive right on in and enjoy!

Gaming PC Build ( $1983): June 2013

Gaming PC Build Recipe:

Capability: Game with Ultra  settings in games up to 2560×1600 resolutions

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Estimated Price: $ 1983
Processor Intel Core i7-3770K Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz 8 MB Cache LGA 1155 – BX80637I73770KPrice: $313.81

Cooler Master Seidon 240M Liquid CPU Water Cooling System with Copper Heatsink and 240mm Radiator – 2 FansPrice: $89.99
Motherboard MSI Computer Corp. LGA 1155 Intel Z77 DDR3 1333 CrossFireX and SLI/ SATA3 USB 3.0 A&GbE ATX Motherboard Z77A-GD65 GAMINGPrice: $179.99
Graphics Card EVGA GeForce GTX780 SuperClocked w/EVGA ACX Cooler 3GB GDDR5 384bit, DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI,DP, SLI Ready (03G-P4-2784-KR)Price: $659.99
RAM Kingston HyperX Blu 16GB Kit (2×8 GB Modules) 1600MHz 240-pin DDR3 Non-ECC CL10 Desktop Memory KHX1600C10D3B1K2/16GPrice: $119.99
Hard Drive Western Digital WD1002FAEX Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop 3.5″ Hard DrivePrice: $91.26
SSD Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 256 GB SATA 6GB/s Solid State Drive MZ-7PD256BWPrice: $219.99
Power Supply Corsair Professional Series  AX 850 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Gold (AX850)Price: $164.98
Computer Case Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 VN300M1W2N No PS Full Tower Case (Black)Price: $131.74
Optical Drive Samsung 24x SATA DVD¡ARW Internal Drive without Software, Black SH-224BB/BEBEPrice: $21.25

Overview: Gaming PC Build ( $2000 )

(All hardware is linked to above)

This $2000 gaming PC starts with a wonderful Intel 3770K i7 Processor. Just as with the Intel i5 3570K, it can be overclock very easily. This processor will actually be more processor then you need for just gaming, which makes this PC build not just an awesome gaming PC, but a great PC build for every task.

I have included a newly released line of GTX 780 graphics card. Specifically, the EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Superclocked version, which is currently priced lower then some of the other GTX 780 cards and Superclocked so that you don’t have to.

Just as you may have seen in this month’s $1000 Gaming PC Build, I have included the higher end of MSI’s GAMING series motherboards, the MSI GAMING Z77A GD65 model motherboard. This is the highest model of the GAMING series boards, loaded with features, built very tight, and they look plain sweet. Some neat features include  “SUPERCHARGER”, “CLICK BIOS 2”, “TOTAL FAN CONTROL”, ‘DRAGON HEAT SINK” and “OC ESSENTIALS”.  To learn more please check out the MSI Gaming Series Features page.

This build like the $1500 build, comes with 16Gb of Kingston HyperX Blue RAM to get tons of memory chugging into this build. Is 16GB too much? Who cares – at least in a year when everyone is pumping their machines to 16GB, you can tell them “took ya long enough”. RAM nowadays has become quite affordable, so why not.

The hard drive included is a 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive. Yep, I have not gone with the Caviar Blue this time. My thinking behind going with the Caviar Black is that if you are pumping 2 grand into a build, why not maximize some read and write speeds where you can.

If the Caviar Black isn’t enough, I have also included a Samsung 840 PRO series 240GB Solid State Drive. This should greatly increase boot times for your OS and most used games / software.

The power supply included is the high end Corsair AX series 850 Watt PSU. This power supply is 80 Plus Gold certified to deliver at least 90% efficiency at a 50% load – saving you energy. Also, by having a low profile modular cable set-up you can increase airflow in your case and clear up clutter.

The Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 was my choice for this months $200 gaming pc build. It seemed to be the right choice as it fit perfectly into budget, comes in at good price of $130 currently and is a quality nice looking case. It has a nice cable management system, “SuperSpeed” USB 3.0, a heightened foot to stand that lets it sit slightly off the ground for higher airflow and it has an HD docking station on the top to quickly plug in an extra hard drive.

Finally I have included the same optical drive as in every build this month – The basic  Samsung 24x SATA drive as seen in the table above.


This $2000 build is a great solution for those of you who want to have some of the higher end gaming hardware and to have zero worries when gaming at resolutions higher then 1080p. In the coming month or two I may do another $200- that includes the Haswell processors, however time will tell what that build will entail.

If you are building this month and have any questions, please leave a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Until then, thank you for reading and good luck Gaming & Building.

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