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Gaming/CAD/GIS $1700 System

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May 3, 2011 5:08:09 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Couple days

Budget Range: ~$1700 total /w monitor

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, GIS, CAD

Parts Not Required: N/A, giving my old machine to the kids.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,, and Micro Center store. I'm open to other reputable sites.

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: N/A - I'm a free agent.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes - Next year.

Monitor Resolution: Depends on new/suggested monitor.

Additional Comments: Looking for a solid, future proof (within a reasonable budget) work horse. If there is something off with my build, incompatibility issues or I could do better with price or parts please let me know. Thanks in advance.

Case: ($100 - 10 Rebate)
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

MB: ($160)
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: ($280)
Intel -Core i7 2600K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor

CPU Cooler: ($40)
Cooler Master - GeminII S Universal CPU Cooler

RAM: ($75)
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

GPU: ($300 - 20 Rebate)
Unlockable - Gigabyte -AMD Radeon HD 6950 2048MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.1 x16 Video Card

PSU/HDD: ($210 - 10 Rebate)
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
bundled with:
1x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA

DVD: ($19)
LG - GH22NS50 22X Internal SATA Super Multi DVD Drive OEM

SSD: ($215 - 30 Rebate)
OCZ Technology - Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE12 120GB 2.5" SATA 3.0GB/s Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

OS: ($100)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack - OEM

Monitor: Unsure, need recommendations. (~$150-250)

Price with rebates: $1430

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May 3, 2011 11:00:29 AM

try and squeeze another SSD in there and raid them ;)  and you will have a very good PC check my sig
May 3, 2011 11:14:41 AM

Haha, nice! I'll be sure to consider that upgrade when the prices of them come down.
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May 3, 2011 2:46:08 PM

Any suggestions on the build or monitor?
May 3, 2011 9:48:00 PM

Help this rookie out. Still looking to validate that the build/parts are solid... in particular the MB and SSD.

Also need opinion on this monitor:
Asus VE248H Black 24" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 10,000,000:1
May 3, 2011 11:11:58 PM

I'd get a vertex 3 instead, more expensive but fastest around and more future proof cause its the latest and no need to raid it
May 4, 2011 1:32:20 AM

Good call, but the price jump is pretty significant (around $100 - ouch). Never used an SSD, would it increase the processes enough to justify the cost?