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Trying to stay under $1000 - Need Help!

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December 22, 2010 2:09:18 AM

I am thinking of building this system:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

It's a little under $1000 for the system (I won't be buying everything from Newegg), and $250 for the monitor.

So what do you guys think? Is there any incompatibilities or absolutely any way I could improve any part of this whatsoever?

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a b C Monitor
December 22, 2010 2:38:58 AM

^ Better PSU, different mobo and SSD,...
Mobo - Mainly for this combo and warranty,...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

PSU -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or even the 650W would suffice for 2x HD 6850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD - Not that the Crucial is bad, but this one is a good deal after rebates,...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE - Even a Mid-Tower would do just fine,...
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December 22, 2010 3:07:36 AM

gkay09 said:
^ Better PSU, different mobo and SSD,...
Mobo - Mainly for this combo and warranty,...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

PSU -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or even the 650W would suffice for 2x HD 6850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD - Not that the Crucial is bad, but this one is a good deal after rebates,...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE - Even a Mid-Tower would do just fine,...


Well, the CPU was mainly the only part I was going to buy outside of Newegg. I was going to buy that for $200 at my local microcenter, so the bundle won't help me much. Also, what's wrong with the PSU I chose? It's cheaper than the 750W link you gave and is 100W more.

For the SSD, I chose crucial because it's arguably the fastest SSD on the market right now, and the case just because it's so roomy, cool (heatwise) and awesome (appearance-wise). But yeah the case actually is a little pricey.
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a b C Monitor
December 22, 2010 3:15:29 AM

^ Ohh, then check this RAM + Mobo combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

PSU - The wattage doesnt matter, but the quality does,... I would rather stick with a lower powered PSU Tier-1 manufacturers than a higher wattage lower quality ones,... Also noticed that it is not 80+ Certified ?? Warranty - 2 years ??

SSD - I did say the reason why I choose the Corsair, also the Corsair SSD - in general the SandForce controller SSDs have very good write and I/O performance,...

CASE - You get large Mid-Tower cases, - HAF 922 and such,... For any Dual-Card setup that case would do just fine, and offer very good air-flow and is very roomy...Just check its reviews, you would know,...
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December 22, 2010 9:06:47 PM

gkay09 said:
^ Ohh, then check this RAM + Mobo combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

PSU - The wattage doesnt matter, but the quality does,... I would rather stick with a lower powered PSU Tier-1 manufacturers than a higher wattage lower quality ones,... Also noticed that it is not 80+ Certified ?? Warranty - 2 years ??

SSD - I did say the reason why I choose the Corsair, also the Corsair SSD - in general the SandForce controller SSDs have very good write and I/O performance,...

CASE - You get large Mid-Tower cases, - HAF 922 and such,... For any Dual-Card setup that case would do just fine, and offer very good air-flow and is very roomy...Just check its reviews, you would know,...


That's a really nice combo, it'll save me $30 and works. I also downgraded to the 922 case, though I'm sticking with the Crucial C300, since it's only $10 more than the other one when you subtract rebate, but is nearly 100MBps faster and uses SATA III.

Here's my updated wish list:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

But right now, I'm having a pretty hard time with the PSU. I would prefer a modular one that is as cheap as possible, but don't want to compromise quality.

This one fits everything I'm looking for but I'm not sure whether it'll power me:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-152-...

And this one is from a reliable brand with a high +12V amp, but isn't modular and costs more:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Are there other good PSUs that dont cost $100s and would work for me?
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December 22, 2010 10:33:04 PM

Also, if I'm going to use a mid-sized case anyway, the haf 922 will be relatively on the expensive side, though it's undoubtedly very good. Along with my PSU question above, are there any cheaper cases than the HAF 922 that are roomy and have 200mm fans?
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a b C Monitor
December 23, 2010 2:25:26 AM

^^ If you want a cheap yet good quality PSU, then I would suggest either of these -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You have to understand that skimping on the quality of the PSU will surely give you a lot of issues,...
- bad 3D performance
- crashing games
- spontaneous reset or imminent shutdown of the PC
- freezing during gameplay
- PSU overload can cause it to break down

CASES -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 23, 2010 3:01:27 AM

gkay09 said:
^^ If you want a cheap yet good quality PSU, then I would suggest either of these -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You have to understand that skimping on the quality of the PSU will surely give you a lot of issues,...
- bad 3D performance
- crashing games
- spontaneous reset or imminent shutdown of the PC
- freezing during gameplay
- PSU overload can cause it to break down

CASES -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


OK, I'll go with the first PSU with the rebate. But for the case, I really want something that has some 200mm or 230mm fans in it. Do you know any good ones?
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a b C Monitor
December 23, 2010 3:18:27 AM

^ The case doesn't necessarily have to have a 200MM+ fan for good airflow,...
I doubt you would get cheaper cases which doesn't compromise on quality and yet give you big fans,...
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