I am planning on purchasing these in the next week or so and I am wondering if there is any way to make this cost less without making it suffer too much. I am going to be using it for gaming and a little video and audio editing. here is the setup so far:
Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI HDMI 2x Mini DisplayPort Video Card
Coolermaster Hyper 212
Corsair Professional HX850W 850W ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan
Crucial RealSSD C300 64GB 2.5IN Solid State Disk Flash Drive
Thats the setup so far I am going to wait until the next gen intel comes out before I decide on that and Im not if that will have sufficient cooling so any advice would be nice. I also wasnt sure of what kind of PSU would be good to use.
If even remotely contemplating CF, i would never settle for merely a 650 watt PSU...get 800-850 watt as planned...
Borrowed from XFX requirements for HD6950 "– 500 Watt or greater power supply with two 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended (600 Watt and four 6-pin connectors for AMD CrossFireX™ technology in dual mode)"
And card manufacturers are referring to overrated generic PSU's when they state that.
Do not forget that OP asked for saving money on his build which only has one GPU and a power consumption of 292watts under gaming load. The 650watt will leave a good overclocking headroom even with a dual card setup.
Thanks for the quick response I am going to wait for the i5 2500k and I think I will go with the coolermaster tower that Joelmartinez recommended. I am going to go with the 850w xfx instead of the corsair. Thanks again, any more input is welcome.