$1200 New Sandy Bridge build

Need some advice on a new build. Haven't built a system since 2006. Have an idea of what I want and some parts but need some suggestions and advice on getting closer to my budget.

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Approximate Purchase Date: Will likely start to order parts this week or next. Mainly waiting on 1155 motherboards which look like the B3 models are starting to hit some sites now.

Budget Range: $1200 before or after. Have some leeway here.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming(Crysis2, Skryim?, Civ5, SC2) and Video Editing(Premiere and AE CS5, Vegas)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Mainly newegg and microcenter.

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: No preference with the exception of Intel cpu.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (Will likely start with single GPU and add a second later)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 (Single 24" monitor right now but will likely be adding another soon)

Additional Comments: I'll most likely be taking a trip to Microcenter to grab the CPU and any other component that is a good deal. I would say this rig will be mostly for gaming but I will be doing a fair amount of video editing as well.

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CPU: i7-2600k (Open to i5 but seems like this is the best choice for editing and should handle gaming fine) Picking up from MicroCenter for $299

Mobo: P67,Not entirely sure what model yet.

Case: NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146067
Case is not set in stone, just think the white is pretty sleek. Seems like a decent case.

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100312SR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102914
Not sold on this card but I have heard good things with the OC to a 6970. Open to the idea or a GTX 5 series.

PSU: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M700 RS-700-AMBA-D3 700W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171037

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX120G 3.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227590

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
I know the Sata3.0 will work but should I be looking for a SATA6.0 drive? Is it worth it?

Optical: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X 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 CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007

In my newegg cart that puts me at $1,289.58 not including a mobo.

So I'm trying to cut a little cost here and slim down that number.
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  1. eggchen said:

    CPU: i7-2600k (Open to i5 but seems like this is the best choice for editing and should handle gaming fine) Picking up from MicroCenter for $299

    Mobo: P67,Not entirely sure what model yet.

    Case: NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146067
    Case is not set in stone, just think the white is pretty sleek. Seems like a decent case.

    GPU: SAPPHIRE 100312SR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102914
    Not sold on this card but I have heard good things with the OC to a 6970. Open to the idea or a GTX 5 series.

    PSU: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M700 RS-700-AMBA-D3 700W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171037

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

    SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX120G 3.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227590

    HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    I know the Sata3.0 will work but should I be looking for a SATA6.0 drive? Is it worth it?

    Optical: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X 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 CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007

    In my newegg cart that puts me at $1,289.58 not including a mobo.

    So I'm trying to cut a little cost here and slim down that number.



    CPU: The i5-2500K for $70 less (Newegg prices) gives you better performance for the price.
    Case: Whatever floats your boat.
    Video Card: Nice choice, I assume you know about the BIOS-flashing?
    PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015 (Save $45 and get a better power supply!)
    HDD: 6GB/s is hardly necessary and besides, the Samsung HD103SJ is the best "bang/buck" drive on the market
    Optical Drive: Right, okay.
  2. I agree with you Omnisome, about everything except your PSU recommendation. I would get this personally:
    Antec Truepower New TPN-650 80Plus Bronze Modular $80
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371021
    As it is newer, more efficient, has more cables and longer cables.

    If he can get the rebate on the following then this would also be a better option:
    XFX 650W XXX Edition 80Plus Bronze Modular $95 ($30 rebate, $11.83 shipping)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207002

    I would also seriously consider this, after reading two positive reviews of it from kitguru and hardwareheaven:
    Xigmatek NRP-PC702 700W 80Plus Bronze $75 ($2 shipping)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817815010

    I also think that it could possibly be a mistake buying the older Antec Earthwatts 650, when there is a new Green version around, unfortunately I have not seen a review of it yet, so that is unconfirmed.
  3. Might even want to spend a little more now and grab an 850W-1000W so you can use a crossfire setup later. If you were adding a second monitor I know 6850's in CF are insane. Not sure of you preference but with me I am asking some of the very same questions but I like to have all my eye candy CRANKED and experience no stutter/dips in FPS. But even with my current 5970 in metro 2033 at 1920x1080 with graphics cranked I can notice it in gameplay. Since you like FPS games you may want to give yourself the headroom of SLI/CF ....Think Battlefield 3 and RAGE both out this year and the graphics look awesome.
    Just an opinion hope this helps

    Also ....... Big trouble in little china is awesome. Love Eggchen in it !
  4. All of the power supplies I've recommended will be capable of powering eggchen's build with two 6950s.
  5. If you go to Newegg and type Power Supply calculator in the search bar and enter in the system compenents with 2x6950 it recommends at least 770Watt PSU.

    http://educations.newegg.com/tool/psucalc/index.html?Tpk=power%20supply%20calculator
  6. Newegg are covering themselves to a certain extent, because there are plenty of ~750W PSUs on newegg which are basically crap. Multiple reviews show the power consumption of systems with two 6950s barely breaks 500 watts.
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6950-crossfirex-review/14 - Showed 473 watts
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4061/amds-radeon-hd-6970-radeon-hd-6950/24 - showed 509 watts
    I suppose if there was going to be massive overclocking, unlocking to a 6970, plus loads of harddrives, fans, etc then a 750W unit would be called for.
    Besides 650 is "too much" for a system with a single 6950, I would only recommend something between 500 and 600 watts.
  7. I appreciate the suggestions so far. I'm leaning more towards the i5 now.

    Going to take a look at some of the PSUs now. Didn't get a chance to read any reviews on them yesterday.
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