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$1000 gaming build. Opinions/comments/advice needed. About to order.

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January 21, 2011 2:28:22 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: as soon as this Saturday

Budget Range: $1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet, college work

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: US. Texas.

Parts Preferences: by brand or type Nope

Overclocking: Yes in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Here's my current build on newegg. I have never built a computer or owned a desktop of considerable power like this one will have. I have optimized it to what I think are my preferences as far as the power/performance of the hardware based on my own research.
I just want to know if anyone has any opinions on the build and my choices. Trying to get best price/performance in the end.

Any other options or concerns before I order would be appreciated thanks.

Case - Rosewill Challenger
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU+GPU newegg combo - i5-2500K and XFX 6870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU cooler - Hyper Master 212
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard - Asus P67 PRO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU + Windows 7 combo - Corsair 750w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM - G Skill Ripjaw 4GB 1600 -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - WD Caviar Black 640GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Disk drive - Asus 24X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Extra case fans - do I need two or just one?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total price: about $1040 shipping including. Is this a pretty good deal?

Any thoughts would be appreciated ASAP thanks.
January 21, 2011 2:39:00 AM

Looks like a pretty solid build to me however I do have a few recommendations.

First of all, I would go with this RAM instead of the modules you have selected. It's exactly the same except this has been certified for Sandy Bridge CPUs.
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL

I don't know alot about hard drives but I know that I picked up my 1TB Hard drive that looks to be as good as yours and for the same price
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Other than that though, it's actually really similar to the build I just completed and should be a really good build.
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January 21, 2011 2:45:23 AM

^ Nice parts, pretty good build,...

Some suggestions -
1. HDD - Get the Samsung F3 1TB - Cheaper, bigger and faster,...
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-H...

2. CPU Cooler - Cheaper with Free Shipping at amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ...

3. CASE - The Challenger is a good case no doubt, but this would be my pick if buying additional fans
NZXT Gamma - $40 Shipped from Amazon, and with just 1 stock fan, it performed nearly as good as the Challenger, so with additinal fans, would be even better,...
http://www.amazon.com/GAMMA-Classic-Interior-Chassis-Bl...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
So it would turn out cheaper than adding more fans to the Challenger,...
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January 21, 2011 2:52:41 AM

This mobo down below has gotten great reviews including one from this site. The Samsung is quicker than that WD 640, and with these new 1155's...timings mean zero when it comes to o/c these SB's.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPH0/ref=s9_simh... $26.75 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 Hyper 212 Plus

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $6.99 FREE SHIPPING
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $152.99
ASRock P67 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001U3S5S0/ref=s9_simh... $59.99 this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $16.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL

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January 21, 2011 2:59:10 AM

Nice look on the SB Gskill RAM! Didn't know about that, I really appreciate that everix.

The HDD I selected because it was considered one of the most reliable, the Caviar black, I'm not sure I need a TB but I'll consider it. Mainly want longevity and reliability.
Wanted an SSD but that can wait for easier prices.

The Rosewill Challenger is more of a preference, I like the look of it and it's considered one of the best budget options. I wanted the Coolermaster Storm Scout even more but couldn't justify the extra $40 based on their features. Challenger was just a better deal. And it's a Tom's Hardware best buy I think.

Thanks for the input
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January 21, 2011 3:05:46 AM

Yeah that AsRock Extreme mobo was my first choice but I switched to the Asus because of the equivalent price. I'm not sure which brand is better but Asus seems like the better of the two but I have no first hand knowledge of that
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January 21, 2011 3:29:55 AM

Radeon HD 6950

You've been given some really great suggestions. I just want to throw my support behind the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB (I own 3).

Also, if your primary purpose is gaming, consider the Radeon 6950 unlocked to 6970. It's $60 more than a 6870, but you'll already save some money on the hard drive and case if you follow the above suggestions and it's a much more powerful card. You could also save money by not buying a CPU cooler. The stock cooler's on Sandy Bridge CPU's get them past 4.5GHz--so maybe you could wait to max OC.

Lastly, You might be able to buy a cheap student Windows if you're in college or someone else who uses the machine takes classes somewhere.
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January 21, 2011 3:35:36 AM

Ryuzaki said:
Yeah that AsRock Extreme mobo was my first choice but I switched to the Asus because of the equivalent price. I'm not sure which brand is better but Asus seems like the better of the two but I have no first hand knowledge of that

AsRock is a subsidiary of Asus. The WD 640 Black was the h/d to get a few years ago, but this Samsung has surpassed it. If you have any doubts read the reviews/benchmarks on those two h/d's.

But as the above poster noted, those cpu's run very cool...but even with that, I wouldn't want to o/c any cpu on a stock cooler. Those Intel coolers are junk imo. I trust them for stock speeds but that's about it.
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January 21, 2011 4:25:46 AM

Yeah, but if it's a matter of $60 on a $1,000 build forcing him to get a 6870 instead of a 6970...well, that's a big performance difference if he can stand holding off on the cooler or even the extra case fans too.
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January 21, 2011 4:34:51 AM

dalauder said:
Yeah, but if it's a matter of $60 on a $1,000 build forcing him to get a 6870 instead of a 6970...well, that's a big performance difference if he can stand holding off on the cooler or even the extra case fans too.

Agreed.
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January 21, 2011 6:36:57 PM

I thought about getting a 6950 instead of the 6870 but to crossfire with two 6950's in the future wouldn't I probably need a better PSU as well? I really wanted the 6870 because it has the best performance for its price and I wouldnt have to drop $300+. And within the next year I could crossfire two 6870's if I felt it necessary, without changing the 750w Corsair

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January 25, 2011 5:45:13 AM

Nah, the 750W corsair can handle two 6950's. Those use 2 6-pin (75W) connectors so that's 2x 2x 75W + 2x 75W from the PCI-e bus = 450W absolute max at 100% usage. The rest of your system will use about 200W. Well, this is probably true. Considering AMD only recommends a 500W PSU for one and a second can't use more than 225W, 750W is enough. You can use eXtreme Power Supply Calculator lite to check.
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