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January 18, 2011 4:03:03 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week if I go through with it

Budget Range: 1000 - 1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (WoW, SC2, and SW:TOR when it's released)

Parts Not Required: Don't require a hard drive or any peripherals or an Operating System

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU (Sandy Bridge)

Overclocking: Won't overclock the cpu but I may overclock the graphics card

SLI or Crossfire: Not at the start but may in the future although the games I play will probably never require it

Monitor Resolution: More than likely 1920 x 1080 unless I decide to not get a new monitor

Additional Comments: The case needs to have a toggle on it's fan LEDs since I will be leaving my computer on overnight in my room

What I have so far:

CPU + Motherboard Combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $415

Power Supply + Case Combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $160

Video Card: GIGABYTE GV-R685D5-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity $180

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL x 2 (Can go with only 4 GB if the money is better spent elsewhere) $100

Optical Drive: LITE-ON Black 4X BD-ROM 8X DVD-ROM 32X CD-ROM SATA Internal 4X Blu-ray Reader Model iHOS104-06 - OEM $40

Solid State Drive: Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $135

This ends up being $1,030 without S&H

Also, the circumstances of me building are listed in this thread if you guys have any opinions, I just needed to have my build locked in when I decide.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/303157-31-build-wait

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January 18, 2011 4:23:49 AM

^ Mainly a gaming PC, frankly I dont see any point going with the 2600 and with just a 6850,...
Games dont take any advantage of the HT that the i7 has to offer, so IMO the 2500 would be a better option,...

I would do it like this -
i5 2500 + ASUS mobo + Free Game
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HAF 912 + CM Silent PRO 600W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HD 6950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
You might be interested in this -
http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/overclocking/vidcar...

RAM - Same and 4GB would suffice for gaming,...

BD Burner - A very good deal
LG WH10LS30 10X Blu-ray Burner - LightScribe Support - Bulk - OEM
+ FREE GIFT: Red/cyan 3D Glasses For 3D Viewing On 3D Ready Television (value:$4.99)
+ FREE GIFT: CyberLink PowerDVD 9, 3D edition (value:$14.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD - OCZ Vertex 2 60GB - Save some money on the adapter,...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total - ~960 without S & H
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January 18, 2011 4:29:16 AM

I would get the i5-2000k instead and go with the asus p67 pro from asus. Spend the extra money on upgrading your gpu. The i7 isnt worth getting if your not gonna get the k series because the i5-2000k overclocks past the i7-2600 and it only takes 10 minutes tops with the new UEF bios system and thats with the stock cpu cooler.

Grab 2 gtx 460s and throw them in sli would be my only other suggestion. You can do that for just under 350$ and be able to run any game on the market right now on max settings if you stay at 1920-1200 resolution or below (most people dont even go this high) If your in love with ait (now amd i guess) then stick with the 6850 and save the extra money to buy another later down the rode.

Stick with the 750W power supply its a nice one and will allow you to sli/crossfire if you choose so down the rode. 600 W is pushing it in my mind.

i5-2000k: 180$
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Asus p67 pro: 180$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

every thing else gkay listed looks good to me.
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January 18, 2011 1:58:55 PM

I think I will probably go with the i5-2500k if I'm not going to get the i7. I'll go ahead and drop the 4 GB of RAM and probably end up going with the 6950 so that I don't have to worry about crossfire and can just flash it to the 6970.

One more question I have though is do you think I should buy the SSD with the build or wait because I've been hearing that there are supposed to be new SSD drives in Q1 of this year?
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January 18, 2011 10:46:09 PM

After personally refreshing myself on the current graphics cards and prices the 6950 sounds like a stellar choice.

As for your question I would wait personally. SSD's are really just starting to hit the consumer market, because of this they are still a little overpriced. Give them a year or less and you will see price drops. An SSD is not a necessity by any means, it just means slightly faster boot times and start up for programs. Save the money you would spend on that for now would be my personal advice.

Last tid bit I would suggest is to change out your RAM for one of these two options. I love G.skill and they have stayed on the edge of the RAM for front by coming out with specified p67 RAM with from what I have read will run better than older RAM in the mobos.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I gave you the 4GB model like you had listed and the also added the 8Gb version if you really want to go with 8Gb of RAM i suggest getting the 2x 4 Gb sticks instead for the extra 10$ its worth it. Mainly for future upgrades it leaves space for more RAM.
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January 18, 2011 11:14:29 PM

Well, thanks for the advice both of you. I made the purchase today and spent 1200 (including a new monitor).

CPU: i5 2500k
Motherboard: Asus P67 shown above
Video Card: HIS 6950 Shown above
RAM: 4GB of Ripjaw Shown above designed for P67 mobos
PSU and Case: The ones in my original post
SSD: Crucial C300 Shown above (mainly for the write speeds)
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January 18, 2011 11:30:59 PM

I am happy to help. It is a solid build that will last you for quite some time. I hope it does every thing you want it to do and then some. Congrats on the new build mate.
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January 18, 2011 11:46:30 PM

Best answer selected by everix.
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January 18, 2011 11:50:31 PM

I hope so, my first build was a bunch of parts that didn't balance out with each other but now I know better lol
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