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2500$ gaming build

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March 30, 2010 5:16:04 PM

COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KXN1-GP Black Steel, ABS Plastic, Mesh bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
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or

Antec P183 Black Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Black Steel SECC / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
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Thermaltake Toughpower XT W0230RU 850W ATX 12V 2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
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ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
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Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100280SR Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M080G2XXX 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM
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SAMSUNG HD754JJ 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7Q-8GBRM - Retail
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I will be overclocking.
It is really hard for me too choose a case so does anyone have any recommendations.
is there anything else you would recommend or that i am forgetting?
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe



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March 30, 2010 5:23:00 PM

I'm going to go ahead and say not to a lot of that. I'll explain in the individual part list.

CPU/Mobo: i7-930 and Asus P6X58D Premium $580. Saves some money.
RAM: Mushkin Enahnced Redline 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 6 $210 after rebate. You picked dual channel RAM. That's for i5 and AM3 CPUs. You need triple channel, and these are the fastest they come. Also, you don't need more than 4 GB in a gaming build (6 GB for an i7).
GPU: HD 5970 $700
SSD: Corsair Nova 128 GB $319. 80 GB is really small. It would hold maybe 4-6 games. A 128 GB is more in your budget.
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 1 TB $90. A much faster drive. Or grab the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB.
PSU: OCZ Z Series 850W 80+ Gold $170 after rebate. Thermaltake PSUs are hit or miss on quality. You don't want a questionable unit. This is a cheapish, high efficiency, good quality unit.
Case: HAF 922 $90 after rebate. It's huge. It's cheap. It's really high quality. There is no reason to spend more than this.
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $24
HSF: Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B $85 (with 2 fans). The absolute best air cooler around.

Total: $2,268
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