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$1500 Gaming Build

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March 28, 2011 10:59:55 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: A month or so


Budget Range: $1500 give or take


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, HDD


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com


Country of Origin: U.S.


Parts Preferences: None


Overclocking: Yes


SLI or Crossfire: Yes


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200


Additional Comments: Would like some advice as to which case I should go with. The $9 difference isn't a big deal so which ever one is the better of the two is the one I'll buy. The motherboard I have listed is out of stock so I'll wait till it is in stock to buy unless you think there is a better board for the money. I will be buying only one GPU at first and getting another later on. Also if you think there is a better SSD or anything else for that matter I'll take the advice.

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Case:
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

CPU:
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

CPU Fan:
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler

GPU:
XFX HD-695A-CNFC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

MOBO:
ASUS P8P67-M PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM

PSU:
Seasonic SS-850HT 850W ATX12V v2.31,EPS12V v2.92 80Plus Silver Certified, Active PFC Power Supply - OEM

Optical Drive:
LITE-ON 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Internal Blu-ray Burner with 3D PlaybackiHBS212 LightScribe

SSD:
Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

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March 29, 2011 3:51:49 AM

Really nice build! Are you putting in 2 x 6950s from the start? For your case... both choices are really good. If I had to choose probably the 900 Two v3 over the HAF922. If you were to say the 932 I'd probably choose that over the 900Two :) 
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March 29, 2011 7:14:58 AM

so, since your getting the 2500k I'm assuming your gonna overclock..if that's the case, especially considering your budget, change the mobo...get a p8p67 pro at least..better power phases, better stability...

Everything else looks good..seasonic psu's are very good so no problems there..

since your planning to crossfire, I'm assuming 2 6950's...so..thats good..you can unlock it to have some 6970 capabilities if that will tickle your fancy..

As for 8Gb of ram..if its mostly for gaming..get 4gb of ram @ 1600mhz...you don't need more than that
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March 29, 2011 7:33:49 AM

Build guide in mah siggy. Just saying.
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March 29, 2011 5:27:02 PM

Everything looks great. You have chosen high quality components that will not disappoint you.

I suggest getting the ASUS P8P67 Pro board because it has two expansion slots between GPUs to enhance the airflow. You also get Bluetooth and an extra SATA 3 6.0Gb/s connector with the P8P67 Pro.

Both those cases do a great job at keeping things cool. I'd go for the one that looks the best to you.
The Antec 900 2 has the black interior that looks great and has a USB3.0 front connector.
the CM HAF 922 has better cable management in my opinion and is dead silent.
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March 29, 2011 5:38:22 PM

Get a corsair 600T case..awesome cable management..and you can now get a side panel with a window, or mesh to install fans to keep temps low...but as I said..the pro, is your best price/performance board right now!
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March 29, 2011 10:38:32 PM

Kind of confused about you guys saying to get the P8P67 Pro when that is the one I linked. It sounds like the one that you guys may be talking about is the ASUS P8P67 DELUXE because that one has everything that pacioli described, is this correct?
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March 29, 2011 10:41:12 PM

you chose the m-pro..m being a micro atx..they are smaller in size, and in some cases, more limited in terms of features..the motherboard I'm talking about is a standard ATX form factor... and the P8P67 pro is a great motherboard and is priced according to features and performance
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March 29, 2011 10:41:32 PM

^ Probably, the Deluxe isn't worth it though. Get the Pro or the Asrock Extreme4 P67. I recommend the Asrock. Cheaper by 20$ and OCs and performs just the same, sometimes even better.

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1098/pg2/asrock-e...

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4080/welcome-to-sandy-bri...

As for cases the 902 is a better deal with the USB 3.0 headers and black interior. It just looks cleaner. I have a 902 (not V3) and it cable managed so nicely with my modular PSU.
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March 29, 2011 10:59:14 PM

The AsRock board is a good motherboard..but, frankly, at this point it's a matter of opinion...OP you can't go wrong with the Deluxe, Pro, Or AsRock Extreme. Either way you'll be able to get a good oc out of your chip on any...however, more inclined to purchase the Asus boards due to brand loyalty, reliability, etc...Although, like i said, it's a matter of opinion..and in my opinion you should get the P8P67 Pro (non-micro) board, or if you want slightly more goodies..The Deluxe board.
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March 29, 2011 11:03:37 PM

Sounds good, thanks for the clarification.
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March 29, 2011 11:08:42 PM

no problem...do a bit of research on your own if your still skeptical..But, If you want quality, get the Deluxe board.. I did some builds with it and its fantastic..
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March 29, 2011 11:11:45 PM

Hmm that's strange I could've sworn the Asrock Extreme4 is on par and benches in some cases better than a board 20$ more than itself. (P8P67 Pro).

It is however preference in most cases. 200$+ boards aren't really needed anymore though when a 160$ board can compete with it overclocking wise and performance wise.
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