After much thought, and even more reading, I've decided to build myself. I blame this forum for making me feel brave enough to attempt it, so I'm going to need your help to build the twins...
Approximate Purchase Date: In a week and a half. (See additional comments)
Budget Range: 1200 (each for two computers) Before Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and Internet
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Country of Origin: Mine?
Parts Preferences: See list below
SLI or Crossfire: Yes, eventually
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I live overseas, but will be in the states for 10 days. I'm going to place the order on the 7th of April, and pick up and assemble on the 20th. This means I can't count on MIRs. I've put together a list of parts I'm looking at. Keep in mind that this will be two identical builds. In the future, I'll Xfire the cards for one and buy a new fancy-dancy card for the other. I hope this will extend their lives a bit.
I know the Ram is 1.65v, but I've read up on that, and it seems to be fine, and the price is good.
I've got 2 320gb HDD's already that I stole from my old laptop that will be fine for storage. I was going to leave the stock cooler and do a minor overclock for the time being, as the budget is tight.
Thanks for the link to the RAM, it makes me feel confident to know it's was rated so highly.
I used a wattage calculator to figure out if the PSU was enough to handle xfired 6950's. I overestimated the draw, and it says 700 is (barely) enough, though i didn't account for overclocking them. I thought it was the best modular PSU i can afford. However, I looked at the PSU you linked and it seems great. It even comes with the same RAM deal. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Any thoughts on the MB? I can only find reviews of it's big brothers, but it has x8 x8 for when I do xfire...
Are there any cables I need to buy (SSD and HDD to MB, etc.) if so, what?
Is there a particularly awesome low budget heatsink to look for (15$-20$) range, or should I just keep the stock and save for a more expensive one?
Thanks for making me think of more things I need to prepare, and thanks for your patience. I just started reading about this a week ago, so am new to this.
A big cooler is the one item where it makes sense to mount after moving the system long distances. It's not like a stock 2500K is going to be 'wimpy'.
A combo deal on the i5 2500K and CM Hyper 212+ CPU cooler takes the CPU cooler cost to $28.
I thought the MSI P67A-G43 was a good choice of MB. It seems everyone want to review the 'big guys' so far.
The MB accessory pack has 2 SATA cables so it has the DVD and HDD covered.
A SATA III cable for the SSD is the only thing you'll need. Link Depot 1M (39.37") SATA III Round Cable with Latch $4
Hmm... I just got a bit of bad news. Apparently newegg won't take any payment of any kind from any overseas account. Not even money order or direct bank transfer. So it seems I'm back to the drawing board in a bit of a last-minute scramble.
I got 2 HDD's (one each) instead of SSD's for the moment. I'd like a vertex 3, so we'll see if they've been released by the time I get to the States. I was filling out the checkout page when the 200$ 120gb C300's when out of stock, I'm bummed I missed that deal. Got these for 36$ each. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
UPS 3 Days $40.90
Promo Code -$57.98
Order Total $1,960.70
Not bad. I'm way under budget, but that's due to the lack of SSD's. I've also left out cpu coolers until I can measure the clearance (and the finances).
I'll post a build journal with pictures once I start. What forum should I put that in?