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

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=N82E16813128466&Tpk=ga-h67ma

Processor - INTEL Core i5 2500 - $210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115073&Tpk=i5%202500

Memory - G.SKILL 4GB (2x2GB) - $44
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231179

Video Card - SAPPHIRE 100314-2SR Radeon HD 6870 - $240
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102913&Tpk=100314-2sr

Hard Drive - WESTERN DIGITAL Caviar Blue (500GB, 6.0Gb/s) - $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769&cm_re=caviar_blue-_-22-136-769-_-Product

Power Supply - CORSAIR ATX CMPSU750HX (750watt, modular) - $145
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010&Tpk=cmpsu750hx

Case - COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Blue Full Tower - $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119213&cm_re=cooler_master_haf_932_full_tower_black_case-_-11-119-213-_-Product

Operating System - WINDOWS 7 Home Premium 64-bit - $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754&cm_re=windows_7-_-32-116-754-_-Product

Total - $1084
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  1. Or you could try "red" :kaola:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0026FCI2U/ref=s9_simh_gw_p23_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_r=0G52YZMBFHH2CRDPT2CC&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938811&pf_rd_i=507846 $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?ItemList=Combo.575899 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=N82E16820231274 $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
  2. 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.
  3. 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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