$1000 - 1250 PC Build

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  2. With a budget limit of, howz $1,191 suit ya ?

    HAF-932 is outdated (No front USB 3 ports for example). The HAF-X is a fine case, to my mind only exceeded by the DF-85. I have built 6 boxes w/ the DF-85 (one w/ HAF-X) and the case grows on me more each time. best thing about it is the fact that it fits the CPX form factor PSU's which jonnyguru writes about the CP-850:


    It is completely unmatched by any ATX unit on the market I can think of. You'd have to spend twice as much as this thing costs to find the next best thing, performance wise.

    Scythe Mugen 2 is more than you need for Sandy Bridge....there are better coolers but putting them on SB CPU's won't get ya better OC's. It outdoes the Hyper 212 by 7C so the extra $10 is well worth it. Shin Etsu matches AS5's thermal properties but w/o the problematic 200 hours curing time that AS5 requires. The 560 (factory OC'd to 900MHz) comes very close to matching the 570.

    Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:

    6850 (371/634) $0.42 - $0.49
    6950 (479/751) $0.51 - $0.65
    6950 Frozr OC (484/759) $0.59 - $0.75
    560 Ti (455/792) $0.53 - $0.61
    6970 (526/825) $0.64 - $0.81
    560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $0.43 - $0.50
    570 (524/873) $0.64 - $0.77
    580 (616/953) $0.81 - $1.05
    6990 (762/903) $0.95 - $1.61
    590 (881/982) $0.79 - $1.43

    Of the 7200 models available, none is the clear winner, each performs better in some applications than others, check your apps on this list to pick thew one that works best for you.


    Case - $155 - Antec DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129087
    PSU - $110 - Antec CP-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371024
    MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.622007
    CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K
    Cooler - $40 - Scythe Mugen 2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142
    TIM - $5 Shin Etsu 751 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080
    RAM - $84 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145324
    GFX - $215 - Gigabte GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125363
    GFX - Later - Same Same
    HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    SSD - Later - Vertex 3 120 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706
    DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135221
    OS - $100 - Win 7-64 Home Pre http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754
  3. This build is set up so that you can add another one of those gtx 560's later on for SLI. Also that Samsung h/d down below is quicker and quieter than that WD. The case down below isn't a full tower, but then again your on a budget. The monitor is a full HD 1080 LED Back Light with 2ms response time.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119196 $79.99 FREE SHIPPING
    COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.624829 Combo Discount: -$10.00 Combo Price: $174.98 $15.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $159.98
    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ...
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.632747 Combo Discount: -$30.00 Combo Price: $249.98
    MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.630612 Combo Discount: -$16.00 Combo Price: $453.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $433.98
    PNY VCGGTX560TXPB GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204 $21.99 FREE SHIPPING
    ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754 $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824113023 $159.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Gateway FHX2152Lbd Black 21.5" 1920x1080 2ms Full HD LED BackLight LCD Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 1000:1

    Total: $1,240.90 *not including shipping, rebates, etc..

    ***When you get a few extra dollars I suggest you add this cpu h/s down below.

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10-212P-G1/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=sr_1_1?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1302541701&sr=1-1 $29.51 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1
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