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January 13, 2011 11:52:13 AM

I'm wanting to build a new system but I'm having some hang ups on the case/motherboard. I want the system to match in color so I've looked at HAF 932 (Red LEDs) with the BIOSTAR TP67XE. I've also looked at the ASRock P67 Professional (Fatality).

As well as a red graphics card (Such as GTX 570, EVGA) and (Radeon 6950)

I kind of wanted to keep the case at or below $100. I wanted to go for Storm Scout but I believe the Radeon 6950/6970 will not fit, so that's out. The HAF 932 is slightly more than I want to spend. I'm trying to build this system for about $850, 900 is pushing it.

i5 2500k
6950/570 (Red/Black)
1155 motherboard (Red/Black)
Which case? (Black w/black interior)
PSU, what's a good recommendation? (Black PSU only)

I already have: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, HDD, Optical Drive
January 13, 2011 12:14:24 PM

with an $850 budget... you're slightly overshooting. you have ~2 options @ $850:

go AMD -> save money on the platform and put it towards as much graphics power it can handle. and this would be for the best gaming machine

go Intel Sandy Bridge -> the platform will cost you more... you'll have to sacrifice a little on graphics but get a better all-around performing system for sure. so this PC will put 'gaming' in 2nd priority

i suggest you fill out the form (here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/288241-31-read-postin...) it will help us help you

*edit - here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...
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January 13, 2011 12:19:44 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Few weeks


Budget Range: 800-900


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, Movies


Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, OS, HDD, Optical Drive, Monitor


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference really.


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: None.


Overclocking: Probably


SLI or Crossfire: Not at the moment, perhaps in the future.


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Computer should match in color, motherboard, etc.
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January 13, 2011 12:59:20 PM

with the parts you already have... could probably squeeze in a Sandy Bridge for under $900...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec Three Hundred Illusion: $70

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W: $90 ($70 after mir)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Core i5-2500K: $225

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600: $110 (may as well take advantage that RAM has never been cheaper)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD3P P67 SATA6 USB3.0 (Black): $160

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAPPHIRE 100314-2SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB: $240 ($220 after mir)

TOTAL: $895 ($855 after mir)
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