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~$1000 Gaming rig need advice/Opinion

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January 26, 2011 9:37:29 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: When I convince my dad lol/Within a month probably a week

Budget Range: $800-$1100

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Web browsing, Gaming, Folding@home,Progamming

Parts Not Required : keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, RAM/Memory, Sound Card

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences : (my idea so far)
CPU+GPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge+XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870
Other video cards:EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti OR EVGA GeForce GTX 465 (Fermi)
Motherboard ASRock P67 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel P67
Case+PSU NZXT Phantom ATX Full Tower Computer Case + NZXT HALE 90 HALE90-650-M 650W OR if more power is needed: NZXT HALE90-750-M 750W
Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB
CD/DVD Burner LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD±RW SuperMulti Drive
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-C14
Optional Fan 140mm NZXT FN-140RB 140mm Case Fan
Wireless Adapter TP-LINK USB 2.0 High Gain Wireless Adapter OR TP-LINK PCI Express Wireless Adapter
Bling:NZXT Sleeved LED Kit - Blue
Total so far: ~$1050 (I think, I can't do math when I'm sleepy)



Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1600x900

Additional Comments: Please also tell me what extension cables I'll need and here's 2 pics of finished rigs:
Front:
Back:
I also want to know in order to set up the led lights would just one of of the Blue LED sleeve(1meter long) be enough?Also feel free to suggest me other case mods. Here's what I'm trying to achieve:

For a better view:


I'm a semi-frequent PC gamer and hope to build a rig that can run Crysis and later this year: TES V: Skyrim.
Is everything compatible? Feel free to make any suggestions at all and thank you all for your help.
January 26, 2011 11:10:47 AM

Your parts are all compatible. The bling will be fine for lighting your case up.
If I were you, I would buy the HD 5870, or if not, the GTX 560Ti. The 460 is going to be outdated soon, and you'll need to sli that for the performance you want, which will end up costing you more. The PSU supplied with the case will power a single 5870, or 560Ti, but for SLI, even for 2x 460's, you'll want more...like 800w or higher.
January 26, 2011 11:25:00 AM

stingstang said:
Your parts are all compatible. The bling will be fine for lighting your case up.
If I were you, I would buy the HD 5870, or if not, the GTX 560Ti. The 460 is going to be outdated soon, and you'll need to sli that for the performance you want, which will end up costing you more. The PSU supplied with the case will power a single 5870, or 560Ti, but for SLI, even for 2x 460's, you'll want more...like 800w or higher.

Ok I see your point but why would you recommend HD 5870 than the 6870? or the GTX 560Ti? They don't seem much of a difference and I decided on the 6870 since it had great value ($200 after MIR and $30 off with the CPU)
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