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Thoughts on $1k build before I pull the trigger?

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March 31, 2011 3:20:30 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: In about a month.

Budget Range: Around $1000 for the components themselves. Obviously the closer to 1k the better.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and uh... more gaming. =P

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.

Country of Origin: US.

Parts Preferences: Intel/Nvidia would be my first choice, but I'm open to all suggestions.

Overclocking: Absolutely. Gonna try and overclock the 2500k to 4.4GHz right off the bat.

SLI or Crossfire: Unsure of whether I will or not. Definitely not initially. Perhaps a couple of months down the road.

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080. *See below*

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Hey Guys,

Thanks in advance for the help!

Here's the components I've selected thus far.

Processer & CPU Cooler - i5 2500k w/ Corsair CAFA70 ($243.23)
Motherboard - ASRock P67 Extreme4 ($159.99)
Memory - G.SKILL RipJaws 4GB (2x 2GB) 1600Mhz DDR3 ($49.99)
Graphics Card - Galaxy GeForce GTX 570 ($289.99)
Power Supply & Hard Drive - Corsair HX Series 850w Modular w/ Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB ($186.98)
Case - Cooler Master HAF 912 Advanced ($99.99)

The total comes out to be $1030.19 (Side note: I factored the MIR's and Combo Discounts into the prices listed above).

I'm actually not going to be purchasing a majority of the parts for another month, but I've been wanting the HAF 912 Advanced for some time. I just noticed that it is in stock on the Cooler Master store and wanted to grab the case before its out of stock yet again. Once I buy it I'm kinda stuck with it. I just wanted to get the green light from some of you all before I start setting my plans in motion.

So, overall thoughts on the build? Is it solid? Will it be a kick @$$ system? :) 

Last question. I have not purchased a monitor yet. Does anyone have any suggestions at the resolution I listed above? (Looking to spend no more than $200 on it)

Thanks again!
March 31, 2011 3:34:40 AM

I would point to the $1000 SBM March 2011 here for ideas
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6950-unlo...

However if just the extra month wait is doable

Since peeps been waiting this long for the top end i suggest for healthier/fatter budgets to
1. Await Z68 chipsets, Zambezi AM3+ on platform front
2. Await HD 6990/GTX 590 on the GPU front and price revisions trickle down lower down the foodchain
3. Await the Sandforce SATA 6GB/s SSDs to hit retailers :p 

Leaked: FAH score of a 4 way Interlagos Bulldozer <--Pay attention to floating point numbers/chip architecture
http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2148217
Exposure of the first performance of AMD bulldozer cpus
http://www.overclock.net/hardware-news/971464-chiphell-...

Intel Z68 Express Chipset Preview
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z68-express-lucidlo...
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