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June 20, 2010 1:37:21 PM

Hi all, I’m looking to replace my ooold dinosaur of a rig with a new one for the purpose of gaming, general use, and probably some photoshop and rendering down the road. I plan on having it for a while and want quality parts, but want to save on money where I can.

>Would be running on a 24 inch 1920 x 1080 display.

>I also don’t plan on over clocking any time soon.

>My budget is roughly $1300 max


>I wanted something with good cooling and dust filters, noise reduction would be nice but not necessary

>I really like the ft02 but don’t know if I can justify the price.

>Also, I looked at the antec p193 but the lack of included front fans and a hole for the cooler retention plate kind of turned my off, but feel free to convince me.

Cooler Master Storm Sniper black (includes 200mm side fan)
price - 129.99 after MIR & w/ free shipping


Silverstone fortress 2
price – 249.99 w/ free shipping

Mobo: I’m looking to do a 1156 i7-860 build to save some money over a 1366 build, and since I don’t plan on using multiple graphics cards, I feel this is acceptable. I also like the support for sata III and USB 3

Asus p7p55d-E Pro
price – 179.99 but combos with my psu for a instant $50 discount & free shipping

PSU: Corsair hx 650 watt
price – 99.99 after $20 MIR & w/ free shipping

Memory: G.Skill ripjaws 4GB 1600, 7-8-7-24-2N timings
price 109.99 w/free shipping


>Tough choice, between 5870 and 470. I feel the 470 has more potential and CUDA would be a + for my rendering down the road and I do like the support of Nvidia.

>The power draw and heat is a bummer though.

However the evga 470 it is on sale for 329.99 and comes w/ just cause 2.

Optical drive: don’t need anything real fancy, will a Samsung SH-S223L do?

!!!PRICE SO FAR!!! (with storm sniper and i7-860 included):
>$1,105 approx after MIR

Here’s where it get’s fuzzy…I’m not sure what to do about a cpu cooler or hard drive.

I was going the get the hyper 212+ until newegg price gouged it to 70 bucks

I want something with pwm and would prefer it to be kind of quiet, not sure If I need to buy aftermarket thermal paste or not…I also want it to fit with my ram.

>any advice would be much appreciated.

Also, I want to do a 2 hard drive setup, I suppose. One for OS and apps and other for storage. I would like to to be fast.

>any recommendations?

So that gives me a budget of about 200$ for hard drives and cpu cooler.

I would love and welcome any help.

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June 20, 2010 1:45:50 PM

Your going to want to go with FERMI and Intel on this one!

Will post with more updates and help for you soon.
June 20, 2010 1:54:13 PM

Also, Would just 1 hard drive in partition be okay, or would that suffer in speed?
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June 20, 2010 2:06:06 PM

Here's the build I made for you and your purposes considering I use all the above you posted on my build!

DVD Burner $20.00 with Free Shipping:

Case and PSU $190.00 before rebate:

CPU and Motherboard $403.00:

Hard Drive $65.00 with Free Shipping:

Memory $110.00 with Free Shipping:

Graphics Card 250.00 with Free Shipping:

Your total price is only: $1038.00 before rebates.

Well I hope you like this build for the price.

If you have any questions just post em.
June 20, 2010 2:12:14 PM

One Hard Drive is fine just have to make sure its 7200RPM or higher.

As far as DVD Burners dosn't really matter would like it to be 24x for speed.

As for the GPU as long as its a FERMI, I wouldn't worry to much.

As for the CPU just make sure your getting the i7 its about the best CPU on market.

As far as Cooler are conserned I've always just used the stock Coolers unless I know for a fact I'm overclocking.

If you have any more questions just ask :)