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$1,200 Gaming Build - FINAL check, Purchasing Tomorrow

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January 12, 2011 10:24:41 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 24-48 Hours


Budget Range: ~$1,200-$1,300 after rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: 80% of use is WoWarcraft, SC2, FPS, other is productivity in multiple Office Windows and Web pages on Dual Monitors.


Parts Not Required: Do not need Monitors, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers.


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Prefer Newegg/Amazon, but a deals a deal.


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences:

CPU-Intel 2500k $224.99
Mobo-Asus P8P67 Pro $197.86
RAM-G-Skill RipJaws 2x4GB DDR3-1600 CL:9 $109.99
GPU-Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB $299.99(-$15MIR)
PSU-XFX Black Edition 850w $155.98(-$40MIR)
Case-Cooler Master HAF-922 $99.98
HSF-Cooler Master Hyper N520 $30.79
HDD-Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $69.99
DVD-Samsung 22x DVD+R $22.98

**Prices include Shipping
Total Cost $1,212.55
Less MIR $55
Final Cost: $1,157.55


Overclocking: Yes


SLI or Crossfire: Yes(12-18 Months in future to give a performance boost)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200


Additional Comments:

After suggestions from the forum I dropped the SSD for a standard drive, got cheaper ram with higher timings and used the savings to buy a better video card. I still had a couple questions please.

Please review everything and make sure it is all a good choice and works together and everything.

I have a little money left over is the 2600k worth the extra $110 at all or not if not is there anything in the $50 upgrade range I should seriously consider?

Are the 6950s still flashable to 6970?

Is the HSF a good choice for O/Cing pretty high I saw it recommended in the base guide? If not is there a better choice?
Thanks let me know I will order tomorrow.
January 12, 2011 11:56:41 PM

Buy that 2600k. You'll get 30% more CPU with overclocking.
Also, you don't need a 2GB graphics card. Save some dough and buy a regular 1GB model.
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January 13, 2011 12:20:05 AM

Don't buy that 2600K the 2500K is going to be great for you if just gaming I only recommend the 2600K if budget is grossly large and or there is intense rendering

While a 2gb card is not necessary for one monitor it is helpul for two at 1920 x 1200
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January 13, 2011 11:14:42 AM

Ok I changed to the cooler you recommended. I had thought the coolers came with paste I didn't know you needed to buy it separately now, but I will get that as well.

Does anyone else have any last minute ideas, thoughts, deals, or changes for me? I will be purchasing in 3-4 hours, Thanks!
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January 13, 2011 12:21:41 PM

2500k is definitely the best option for gamers.

Your build seems to be ready for purchase the only other thing I would suggest would be to go for a corsair PSU namely a TX850W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... it also happens to have a reduction which is handy. This is certainly the better option IMO.
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January 13, 2011 9:20:58 PM

Don't listen to the two posts above

1. the xfx is higher quality and cheaper

2. the sapphire is cheaper and comes with goodies, only get the xfx if you seldom upgrade so you have that lifetime warranty btw you posted a link to an asus 6850 did you mean to do that?
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January 13, 2011 10:45:08 PM

The 570 is a great card but the performance unlock from the 6950 makes it a superior choice

@malmental why the gigabyte mobo the asus p8p67 pro is superior (is there something I don't know here or just brand preference)
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January 13, 2011 10:57:35 PM

I understand, do you agree that the 6950 is a good choice with the BIOS unlock or do you still think the 570 is worth the extra 70 or so dollars
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January 13, 2011 11:07:12 PM

where? can't find the 570 for that cheap on Newegg
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