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April 9, 2011 10:00:52 AM

Good evening all,
So this build I assembled is not exactly for myself. Its based on what this person saw in-store to utilize for a combination of high end gaming and photo editing (I think hes a Corel Paint Shop Pro user though), and a bit of bragging rights (hence the choice on the i7). He was open to crossfire and wanted to build this around the idea that he is capable of doing Crossfire or SLI. I based a budget of $1200 and assembled this build. Let me know what you think. This person is not overclocking, nor open to AMD processors. Hes had a serious stream of bad luck with them, although doesn't mind AMD/ATI graphics cards. I have a pretty solid knowledge of whats out there, but a lot of times I need help with the choice of Power Supply and Case. Also any input on the hard drive is appreciated, I've heard great things about it performance-wise. At the same time, if there's a similar price option in buying both a Solid State drive in combo with a storage drive I'm open to that. Performance for the money is key here, if there's something that needs downgrading, or upgrading, or any combination thereof, let me know. Don't worry about the monitor though, that's coming from elsewhere:

Optical Drive: LG DVD+-RW $18.99

Computer Case: Sunbeam Transformer Case Full ATX $79.99

Hard Drive: Seagate Momentus XT 500 GB Hybrid Drive $99.99

Mounting Bracket for the Momentus $5.99

Graphics Card: XFX Radeon HD 6950 1 GB 256-bit GDDR5 $244.99

Power Supply: Corsair 750W SLI and Crossfire Certified PSU $109.99

Memory: 2 Corsair Vengence 4 GB DDR3 1600Mhz (PC3 12800)=8 GB total $99.98 ($49.99 each)

Motherboard: Asus P8P67 LGA 1155 Intel P67 USB 3.0 Motherboard $154.99

Processor: i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4 GHz (3.8 turbo) LGA 1155 $299.99

OS: Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium System Builder $99.99

Total: $1214.90.

Thanks guys in advance.
April 9, 2011 1:52:22 PM

1. Personally I'm not familliar with that case, I would get an Antec 300 Illusion because it has better airflow, the only drawback is that the longer cards have to extend into the harddrive cage, which is fine but you can't use all of the slots for HDD's.

2. I don't know how you feel about this, but that board does limited crossfire Ie. x8/x4 you would have to bump it up to the pro to get x8/x8.

Otherwise your build is pretty solid, I wish that the reciever of the build didn't want the 2600 because it would make this a lot easier to fit into a $1200 budget. With the Asus P8P67 Pro, and the antec 300 Illusion your looking at around 20 bucks more.
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April 9, 2011 4:21:46 PM

cpatel1987 said:
Good evening all,
So this build I assembled is not exactly for myself. Its based on what this person saw in-store to utilize for a combination of high end gaming and photo editing (I think hes a Corel Paint Shop Pro user though), and a bit of bragging rights (hence the choice on the i7). He was open to crossfire and wanted to build this around the idea that he is capable of doing Crossfire or SLI. I based a budget of $1200 and assembled this build. Let me know what you think. This person is not overclocking, nor open to AMD processors. Hes had a serious stream of bad luck with them, although doesn't mind AMD/ATI graphics cards. I have a pretty solid knowledge of whats out there, but a lot of times I need help with the choice of Power Supply and Case. Also any input on the hard drive is appreciated, I've heard great things about it performance-wise. At the same time, if there's a similar price option in buying both a Solid State drive in combo with a storage drive I'm open to that. Performance for the money is key here, if there's something that needs downgrading, or upgrading, or any combination thereof, let me know. Don't worry about the monitor though, that's coming from elsewhere:

Optical Drive: LG DVD+-RW $18.99

Computer Case: Sunbeam Transformer Case Full ATX $79.99

Hard Drive: Seagate Momentus XT 500 GB Hybrid Drive $99.99

Mounting Bracket for the Momentus $5.99

Graphics Card: XFX Radeon HD 6950 1 GB 256-bit GDDR5 $244.99

Power Supply: Corsair 750W SLI and Crossfire Certified PSU $109.99

Memory: 2 Corsair Vengence 4 GB DDR3 1600Mhz (PC3 12800)=8 GB total $99.98 ($49.99 each)

Motherboard: Asus P8P67 LGA 1155 Intel P67 USB 3.0 Motherboard $154.99

Processor: i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4 GHz (3.8 turbo) LGA 1155 $299.99

OS: Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium System Builder $99.99

Total: $1214.90.

Thanks guys in advance.

That mobo is no good for dual vid cards. It runs dual cards @ 4x. You want a board that runs them @ 8x. Also skip that Corsair RAM for the fact it's going to most likely impede any decent size cpu heat sink. Look at the G.Skill 2x4GB and Mushkin. Both come on @ $100 or less.
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April 10, 2011 12:24:54 AM

Thank you guys for the quick response! He was extremely happy when I printed the list, and those adjustments (aka motherboard nad power supply) I will definitely reccomend. Thanks for the feedback on the case, but that is a petpeeve of mine I cannot handle, thus needs more room. Will choose best answer todayish.
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April 11, 2011 2:38:51 AM

Best answer selected by cpatel1987.
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