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May 15, 2011 9:54:29 PM

Hey guys, I'm a graduating Senior from High School and going off to college. Over the summer I want to build my first ever new PC. I'm pretty tech savvy and have my Dad to help me out to build it. Since I have to pay very little for college due to Scholarships/Financial Aid my dad let me use $2000 to make a dream machine for the summer. I play SC2, but I want to be able to enjoy games like Metro 2033, Crysis 2, etc... Should I get a PC now or wait for something new to come out over the summer?

Approximate Purchase Date: In about Mid/Late June

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) $2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: Folding@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies) Gaming, Movies, Internet.

Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS): I won't need an OS, Mouse, Monitor, or Speakers. I am looking to get a keyboard and a small desk (a cheap one, not in the budget dad is buying for me since mine has a huge crack on one side and might break at any moment).

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.: newegg.com, ncix.com -- to show us selection & pricing) Anything is good.

Country of Origin: (e.g.: Grand Fenwick) From anywhere

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case)

Overclocking: Yes, definitely.

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, depending on if I buy it now or later.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Any cool lighting effects and a cool case would be awesome.

Thanks guys for helping me!
May 15, 2011 10:20:23 PM

Case - Haf 922 - $100
HDD - Spinpoint f3 - $65
GPU - 2 x 6950 2gb - $260 each
PSU - HX 850w - $134
mobo - ud3-b3 - $155
i5-2500k + 8gb g.skill ram - $322
CPU cooler - nh-d14 - $90
Boot drive - Intel 320 - 120gb - $220
odd - $20

comes to $1630 shipped plus a couple random MIR's included somewhere in there
all prices are from newegg
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May 15, 2011 11:14:14 PM

-750w will be more than enough for that build 130$- http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CMPSU-750HX-Professional-... free shipping too
i5 2500k-225$- http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-240-Pin-Platfor...
corsair vengeance-95$- http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-240-Pin-Platfor...
=320$ ha newegg combos
haf 922-97$-http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-RC-922M-KKN1-...
240$ after 30$ mir x2 (no rebate for second one because it limits one per costomer)- http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-DL-DVI-I-SL-DVI-D-PCI-Ex...
also can get one of these with that sapphire- http://www.amazon.com/MSI-DisplayPort-R6950-TWIN-FROZR/... (itll save you 5$ after that mir)
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May 15, 2011 11:42:31 PM

I kind of prefer nVidia to ATI, but if ATI is better in this case in terms or performance than I'll get it. Can I get some feedback on that?

Thanks.
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May 15, 2011 11:44:22 PM

2 6950s in crossfire will out perform 2 570 gtxs in sli, even though the 570s cose $100 extra a pop. Amd is winning the multi-card scaling battle right now.
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May 16, 2011 3:13:41 AM

they will not outpreform them they will be close in some benchmarks but rarely out preform them
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May 16, 2011 3:18:50 AM

mjmjpfaff said:
they will not outpreform them they will be close in some benchmarks but rarely out preform them


http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/crossfire-sli-3-way...

They dont outperform them in everything, but they scale much better, and they do outperform them on the higher resolutions.
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May 16, 2011 3:06:03 PM

im looking at his resolution not higher ones and i do believe the 6950's are the best bang for his buck but he does prefer nvidia. ok im done


also you might want to look into 6970cf if you have the budget for 570's.
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May 16, 2011 3:12:19 PM

Well I am building the Computer in about 3-4 weeks and I heard that Nvidia is coming out with Kepler technology. Is it worth to wait?

EDIT: Nevermind, it's not going to come out for a while.

I might be interested in modding the case. Any good tutorials or good components to get cool lighting effects?

Any keyboard suggestions? I play a lot of SCII.
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