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First Custom Build - The 'Blue Machine' at $1000 with Sandy Bridge

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January 10, 2011 2:09:09 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Several months (still saving the money)

Budget Range: $800-$1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: no preference

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: AMD/ATI video card (for 3 monitor eyefinity set-up), perfer intel i5/i7 processor

Overclocking: Maybe (most likely not)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (might get a second card in the future)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

Additional Comments: Set up includes the cost of OS. I want the system to run an Eyefinity 3-monitor set-up. I play Call of Duty, Civilization V, and WOW. I have been doing alot of reading and trying to balance a good system without having to balance my checkbook. What are your thoughts? Are the components compatiable? Any suggestions for different components? I was trying to go with a blue color scheme too.

The 'Blue Machine' :pfff: 

Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-H67MA-UD2H - $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor - INTEL Core i5 2500 - $210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory - G.SKILL 4GB (2x2GB) - $44
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card - SAPPHIRE 100314-2SR Radeon HD 6870 - $240
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive - WESTERN DIGITAL Caviar Blue (500GB, 6.0Gb/s) - $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply - CORSAIR ATX CMPSU750HX (750watt, modular) - $145
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Blue Full Tower - $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Operating System - WINDOWS 7 Home Premium 64-bit - $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total - $1084

January 10, 2011 4:19:01 PM

Or you could try "red" :kaola: 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0026FCI2U/ref=s9_simh... $99.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master RC-922M-KKN1-GP HAF 922M ATX Mid Tower Case (Black)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$20.00 Combo Price: $324.98
Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500
GIGABYTE GA-H67A-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $43.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBRL
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January 10, 2011 4:36:05 PM

Drop down to a HAF 922 and a XFX 750 and use the added savings to get a 6950 for 300 and a 1TB drive (either samsung or WD) for 10 more dollars.
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January 10, 2011 5:32:02 PM

If you're building in several months, then come back and ask them.

Prices can change drastically by then, especially if it's after bulldozer comes out.

Also, $1000 for 3 1080p monitor eyefinity gaming isn't doable. You'd need about $700 in GPU's alone to game at that resolution at a decent framerate.
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