$1800 Build

Approximate Purchase Date: this week (the closer the better))

Budget Range: 1800 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, case
I have a Corsair 600t ordered

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: none

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or CrossfireMaybe

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: none

I dont care to wait for sandy bridge
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  1. Hello brpeden82;
    $1800 with a case already ordered is a really generous budget.
    Do you really want to keep your 1680x1050 monitor? Or move up to a bigger 1920x1080? We can slip that into your budget.
  2. well i just the minotor i would like a 24" monitor. as the budget that just a reference.

    i want a ssd, 1tb hard drive, a graphics that play nay game max out at 1080p
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  4. I snuck over the budget limit a bit but there are some things that can be done to trim it back a bit.
    A smaller SSD, a HD 6850 instead of the 6970. That should bring it in under budget.
  5. 12GB?
  6. Sure... we can up that to 24GB.
  7. isnt that overkill
  8. Just joking...... thats another area we can trim back a bit...
  9. toms hardware says 8 is plenty for gaming
  10. alright what the fastest graphics beside the 5970 seeing it $1000 on newegg
  11. With triple channel RAM we can do 6 or 9 or 12.
    I think 12 will be just about cheap as 9 @ $148.
  12. i go with 12 i wont have to upgrade for a while
  13. And you'll still have 3 slots open going with a 4gb x 3 stick kit.

  14. im guessing a 580
  15. This is a better chart;

  16. i love that game. hard to chose a 6970 seems to be plenty
  17. You can take a look at some more benchmarks and see if you can pick out one that matchs both performance and price goals.
    Hard to not take the HD 6970 seriously when you look around and get ready to make a choice.
  18. Best answer selected by brpeden82.
  19. You can always go with the 90GB or 60GB version of the SSD.
    Don't forget a copy of Win7 if you need it.
  20. Wasn't gonna jump in here, thot the best answer post had a pretty good selection of components .... However the build in the Best Answer can't be built, unless Corsair's redesign of ther cases went outside my notice. The CP-850 PSU is CPX form factor and only fits 4 cases, all made by Antec (DF-85, P182, P193, 1200)

    While you're at it, tho I have oft recommended the same items many times myself, I'd consider some alternatives......

    Newer version of Monitor (LED) @ same price
    ASUS VE247H 23.6" LED

    GFX Card - 6970 and 570 are well matched as single cards but since considering SLI, the 570 in SLI substantially outperforms the 6970 in Xfire (873 total fps versus 6970's 825 according to Guru3D @ 1920 x 1200)

    SSD - This 120 GB Vertex 2 is $20 cheaper

    MoBo - P6X58D Premium is a venerable MoBo, I have done many builds with it .... but it's a bit "long in the tooth" so to speak. Unless you're thinking tri-SLI (would never suggest tri-Xfire), I'd get the Sabertooth or P6X58D-E and save a considerable mount of dough.|13-131-641^13-131-641-TS%2C13-131-665^13-131-665-TS%2C13-131-614^13-131-614-TS

    The Sabertooth comes with a 5 year warranty and ya get a $15 discount in this combo

    If ya stuck on original choice, same deal here:

    Put this in the vein of "personal preference" but I always referred to Gskill as "CheapSkill" ..... was a day when I put them in a lot of builds because they were cheaper than the "big boys". Now that the same big boys are matching and most often beating GSkills prices, and my return rate on GSkill modules has been higher than the others, I stopped going that way sometime after a final bad experience last XMas. My return rate on Muskins for example is 1 bad module out of about 200, GSkill I have had to return probably 4 times outta 12 builds, 2 of these being compatibility with existing sets with exact same timings.

    I'd grab these for (THG recommended modules) $169 and save the $50

    Another alternate when comes back in stock for same $169

    Given the price and 2nd tier status of the Tuniq, look at this test and consider ya options

    Top Performers

    * Prolimatech Megahalems
    * Thermalright Venomous-X RT
    * Scythe Mugen 2 SCMG-2100
    * ProlimaTech Super Mega
    * Cogage Arrow
    * ProlimaTech Armageddon
    * Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme
    * Cogage TRUE Spirit
    * Xigmatek Balder SD1283
    * SilenX Effizio EFZ-120HA4
    * Titan FENRIR TTC-NK85TZ

    Highly Recommended

    * Noctua NH-D14
    * Zalman CNPS10X-Performa
    * Coolink Corator-DS Heatsink
    * CoolAge CA-X120TF Wind Tunnel
    * Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme
    * Thermolab BARAM
    * Xigmatek Thor's Hammer S126384
    * Scythe Yasya SCYS-1000 Cooler
    * Noctua NH-U12P
    * Cooler Master V6 GT Heatsink
    * Thermaltake Contac-29 CLP0568
    * Zalman CNPS10X-Quiet

    Add some Shin Etsu TIM and ya done

    Again, not suggesting there's anything wrong with the selections in that list ...well other than the PSU .... just offering other options to consider before making ya final decision.
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