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Home Built Gaming Rig Help (Budget: $1200-1500)

Approximate Purchase Date: Would like to purchase by the end of this week.

Budget Range: $1200-$1500 After Rebates and Discounts (if any)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and Entertainment/Movie watching.

Parts Not Required: I do not need a Mouse, Keyboard, or Monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and Amazon are preferred.

Country of Origin: USA, California

Parts Preferences: Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129093 - $179.99 (I really like this case)
I would also prefer Nvidia Gfx cards instead of ATI

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes - SLI Please (but i am ok with buying 1 good card now, and a 2nd to complete the SLI later when i obtain more money.)

Monitor Resolution: N/A

Additional Comments: I would like to keep the blue theme if at all possible, so if any additional hardware has LEDs try to keep it the same color as the case. Also, I need a copy of Windows 7 64-bit which hopefully will fit into the budget.

I have built computers before, but it has been a long time. I feel out of date when it comes to the name brands and quality vs price. Thats where I need help.


Thank You
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    *I can bring the price of this build down some by going with a Antec 902 V3 case...cheaper and free shipping on amazon, and that case also has some really nice blue LED's and it's a decent size mid tower.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001RTPMM4/ref=ord_cart_shr?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Antec Truepower 23754 TP-750 BLUE LED 750-Watt PSU NVIDIA SLI Certified 80 Plus Bronze Advanced Hybrid Cable Management Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.612643 Combo Discount: -$28.00 Combo Price: $376.98
    Antec Lanboy air Blue Black / Blue Computer Modular Case
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    ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED

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    ASRock P67 EXTREME4 B3 LGA1155/ Intel P67 B3/ DDR3/ Quad SLI & Quad CrossFireX/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

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    G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR

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    MSI GeForce GTX560 1 GB DDR5 2DVI/Mini HDMI PCI-Express Video Card N560GTX TI TWIN FROZR II OC

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    *** here another case worth taking a look at. There's better specs, pics, and review of this case on newegg

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  2. Wow, Thank you for the quick response. Everything looks great!

    I did have a couple questions about the build though.

    1). Would it be worth spending the extra money and going with a I-7 sandy bridge instead of an I5?

    2). I noticed the motherboard is out-of-stock, could you recommend something similar?

    3). Do you think that have the color restrictions effects the over-all price and quality of the build?

    4). I personally am in the love with the case but, as someone who is not an expert builder, what are your opinions on it?

    Thank You.
  3. Best answer selected by Jimmypop.
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