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April 25, 2011 1:01:34 AM

well it was supposed to be 1000$, but due to impulse buys i probably will be a little over unless i make drastic changes.

-purpose is gaming and videos/movies.

THE PARTS I HAVE SO FAR:

CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

+
CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

both for 226$.

PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
100$

HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
55$

Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
169$ (189$ minus 20 from combo with HD)

SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
200$

This all comes out to 750$ so far.

Have a cd/dvd burner in my cart for 25$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This leaves me with just the case and video card.

I have been sold on the 6950 2gb and still might get it if it doesnt take me too far over the 1000$ mark. 560s and 6870s have been in the back of my mind as well.

Cases.... i have been looking at are the HAF-922, 912, Storm Scout(planned on changing to blue LEDs), and Storm Sniper(unlikely due to price, unless anyone highly recommends it) also the Red LED is unappealing to me. I prefer a case with blue LEDs, or I can just buy some blue to replace.

Any thoughts on the performance that this build will have, problems i may run into, or advice on the final three parts i need would be greatly appreciated since this is my first ever build.


----Also i have seen a few reviews saying that the 6950 can have trouble fitting into a mid size case. I dont want to run into that issue as well.
April 25, 2011 1:16:38 AM

chchom22 said:
well it was supposed to be 1000$, but due to impulse buys i probably will be a little over unless i make drastic changes.

-purpose is gaming and videos/movies.

THE PARTS I HAVE SO FAR:

CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

+
CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

both for 226$.

PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
100$

HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
55$

Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
169$ (189$ minus 20 from combo with HD)

SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
200$

This all comes out to 750$ so far.

Have a cd/dvd burner in my cart for 25$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This leaves me with just the case and video card.

I have been sold on the 6950 2gb and still might get it if it doesnt take me too far over the 1000$ mark. 560s and 6870s have been in the back of my mind as well.

Cases.... i have been looking at are the HAF-922, 912, Storm Scout(planned on changing to blue LEDs), and Storm Sniper(unlikely due to price, unless anyone highly recommends it) also the Red LED is unappealing to me. I prefer a case with blue LEDs, or I can just buy some blue to replace.

Any thoughts on the performance that this build will have, problems i may run into, or advice on the final three parts i need would be greatly appreciated since this is my first ever build.


----Also i have seen a few reviews saying that the 6950 can have trouble fitting into a mid size case. I dont want to run into that issue as well.


i personaly think that this MOBO has better quality/durability than the asus i also think its more practical less "showy" it gets the job done well. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and what do you want the SSD for? a boot drive?

as for the case, i used a coolermaster elite because i liked the professional look and practicality . the HAF case seems a bit over priced for "looks" though.

remember to make your own choices when building your own computer, dont let all these guys on here sway you too much, i gaurentee one of them will just post a whole build and say not to get yours at all and to go with theirs >i gaurentee<
April 25, 2011 2:12:45 AM

ive looked at the board numerous times, friends and people on forums have recommended me that one along with many others. it was probably the noob proof bios that turned me towards the asus pro.

but if i hadnt bought it you would have swayed me a bit more toward your recommendation.
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April 25, 2011 5:14:36 PM

does the hyper 212 cooler fit in that case, or the ones i listed?
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April 25, 2011 5:18:10 PM

It will fit all the cases you listed.
April 25, 2011 6:37:10 PM

I have similar build (diff PSU, LE not PRO mobo, no SSD) in a HAF 912. Everything will fit together fine. I also have a 2GB 6950 and it fits within the case (barely with the drive cage installed, I removed it for a little better airflow).

Am I missing something? I didn't see any RAM...
April 25, 2011 7:26:37 PM

oh yea i already bought it, i have g skill ripjaws x series 2x4gb 1600. did you add any LEDs, would you recommend a different case if i plan on getting a 6950
April 25, 2011 7:50:05 PM

chchom22 said:
oh yea i already bought it, i have g skill ripjaws x series 2x4gb 1600. did you add any LEDs, would you recommend a different case if i plan on getting a 6950


I like my HAF 912. The fans that come with are non-LED. I would suggest 2 x 200mm Megaflows (I got mine on amazon.com for $17 shipped), one in the front as an intake, and one in the top as exhaust. I took the 120mm fan from the front and put in on the side panel. I haven't needed it, though, so it's just there, unplugged. I like red (matches the power and hdd LEDs) but you can get them in blue. It's a great budget case. It has good cable management options, is almost silent, and is bigger than it looks.

I would suggest a 2GB 6950 if you were to go that route, and they are around $270. Newegg has a few listed with available MIRs, but you can't really count on those coming back.

Going this route (2GB 6950, HAF 912, Megaflows) will put you $100 or so over budget.

Also, the parts you listed....are they purchased and delivered?
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