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March 19, 2010 5:52:42 PM

Hi, I have had my computer for 4 -5 years now and I think it time for a new upgrade. I might slightly overclock the CPU possibly with a water cooling system or just a CPU Air cooler. I'm also thinking about modding the HAF 932 case too :)  So please help me out if you see a problem in this build. If you know what is the best bang for your buck water cooling system or CPU air cooler please tell me. Budget is about $2000 - $2500

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March 19, 2010 6:01:14 PM

BR is a waste. Here are the criteria for an exception to that (all must be met): 1.) You own a ton of BR movies. 2.) You already watch them on a monitor instead of an HDTV. 3.) You don't already own a BR player. Seems to me that #1 and #3 are mutally exclusive...

Right now, there is nothing that is specific to computers that uses BR. You'd be better off buying a regular BR player and watching it on something more comfortable than a monitor. So, wait until it's more mainstream for computers (or in general) and get a drive at half the cost it is now.

Here's what I would build:

CPU/Mobo: i7-930 and Asus P6X58D Premium $580. This board is higher quality and more future proof with USB 3/SATA III ports.
RAM: Mushkin Enahnced Redline 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 6 $210 after rebate. Much, much faster sticks. In fact, they're the fastest ones on the market. If $210 is a bit much for you, these G.Skill Pi Series 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 sticks are $30 less, and still faster than the Corsairs you picked.
GPU: HD 5970 $700
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 1 TB $90. Cheaper/GB and much, much faster. Or check if the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB is in stock and the same price. It's just as fast.
PSU: OCZ Z Series 850W 80+ Gold $170 after rebate. A higher efficiency unit. That means less heat and a lower power bill.
Case: HAF 922 $90 after rebate. Much cheaper than the 932, and only slightly smaller. It also has more features such as dust filters, better cable management and the ability to turn off the front LEDs.
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $24. BR is a waste, as I said before.
HSF: Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B $85 (with 2 fans). The absolutely best air cooler. Water cooling is too expensive, and not much better. In addition, there is the chance to spring a leak and lose a $2,000 build.

Total: $1,949. Leaves room for the monitor and whatever else you want to throw in there.
March 19, 2010 7:13:30 PM

MadAdmiral's build is great as always. Definitely change up the PSU to something more reliable and well known. Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Antec, OCZ, and some others.

If you find an XFX 5970 grab that up, best warranty and better customer service.
March 19, 2010 11:37:34 PM

Alright thanks so much