First Build - i7 $1300

BUDGET RANGE: $1200 - 1400



SLI or CROSSFIRE: In the future, yes.


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: A case with a window, and LEDs is preferred. A quiet PC would be nice also. This will be my first homemade rig.

- Case: Midtower Options: Tt Armor + MX, Antec 900, Raidmax Smilodon Extreme
Fulltower Options: Tt Armor +, Antec 1200

- CPU: Intel Core i7 920

- CPU Cooler: Xigmatek Dark Knight

- MoBo: ASUS P6TDeluxeV2

- HDD: WD Black Caviar 1TB

- RAM: Corsair XMS3 6GB DDR3 1600

- GPU: EVGA 896-P3-1265-RX GeForce GTX 260 Core 216

- PSU: Corsair CMPSU-850TX 850W

- CD/DVD Burner: Samsung Black 22X

- Monitor: ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms

Possible Future Upgrades: 6 More Gigs of RAM, Another GTX 260, Liquid Cooling, 30GB SSD, Blu-Ray Burner.

Need Advice On Case: Are the Midtowers listed spacious enough for the parts and upgrades above? Should I get a Fulltower?

Opinions and comments welcome!
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  1. Everything looks good.

    For a case the antec 900 and 1200 are the best of the ones you mentioned. A mid tower is sufficient, unless you have really big hands and/or do not want to spend much time tweaking/organizing your cables.

    I would try to fit a gtx 275 in there maybe go a little cheaper on the case and put the money into a slightly better gpu. But does not matter to much as 40mm gpus and dx11 are around the corner so plan on buying a new gpu rather then getting another of the same model for sli/crossfire.

    Good Luck with the build brettdaniel117!
  2. advice on the case, try and find alphacool's customised chieftec aegic because it already has inbuilt water cooling and only costs a bit more than the 1200.
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