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New Build ~$2k Need Opinions/Suggestions! *EDITED*

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May 17, 2011 9:02:39 PM

Component Price Brand
Chassis $180 Corsair Graphite Series 600T White Ed.
Motherboard $210 Asus P8Z68-V Pro
Processor $315 Intel Core i7 - 2600K Quad Core Processor
Memory $85 Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3
Graphics Card $233 Saphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB
Hard Drive 1 $260 OCZ Agility 3 - 120GB SATA 3 SSD
Hard Drive 2 $110 WD Caviar Black 1.5TB 7200RPM SATA 6GB/S
Hard Drive 3 $110 WD Caviar Black 1.5TB 7200RPM SATA 6GB/S
Optical Drive $26 Lite-On Lightscribe SATA DVD/RW
Power Supply $131 Corsair 750HX
Operating System $100 Windows 7 Home Premium OEM
CPU Cooler $55 Corsair H60 High Performance Liquid Cooler

Total $1,760

Approximate Purchase Date: 1 Week

Budget Range: ~$2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Multitasking, Graphics/Video, Moderate Gaming, Folding@Home (Future Proofing is important to me)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg, Amazon, Google Shopping

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel, Corsair, OCZ, WD, AMD, ASUS

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'm pretty much locked on my decision here, but would appreciate any comments and suggestions. Thank you in advance.
May 17, 2011 9:23:48 PM

I'd got with:

Silverstone Raven RV02B-EW $180

http://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-Steel-Computer-Window...

i7 2600k cpu $315
Gigabyte z68 ud5 $270
combo discount $25
total - $565
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Corsair Vengeance 8gb - $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI Twin Frozr II 6950 2gb x 2 - $580 (rebates available tho)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Vertex 2 120gb $190
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD 1tb x2 $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Blu-Ray Optical $195 Plextor PX-LB950SA Blue-Ray Writer
Power Supply $190 Corsair Pro AX850 - 850W

total $2215
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May 18, 2011 12:11:33 AM

You don't need dual cards for moderate gaming. Instead, we'll put that money towards a good IPS display. We'll also do some shopping through Amazon for the free shipping and better prices. We'll match a Z68 board with Lucid Virtu (for Quick Sync) with 16GB of memory (that'll help with editing) and a Sandy Bridge i7 (within 95% of the performance of the $1000 six-core 990x). We'll go with a top-quality PSU to ensure good stability. We'll tie it all together with a good, solid case that will be quiet and keep your components easily within their thermal limits. Here's what I would do with $2500...

CPU and RAM: Intel Core i7-2600k combo w/ 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1333 CL7 1.5v
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$474.98, free shipping
* There is faster RAM out there but you pay a pretty penny for only 1-2% better performance. Your rig will benefit more from the amount of memory, and you shouldn't have any problems overclocking this RAM to 1600+MHz.

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$189.99, $8.50 shipping
*Currently sold out, but this is your best bet. It has Lucid Virtu for Quick Sync virtualization (unlike the UD5 suggested above) and a PLX chip so you can put a card in every PCIe slot if you need. Check that link often and jump on it when it's in stock.

GPU: MSI R6970 Lightning
http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Radeon6970-Graphics-R6970-Lig...
$389.99, free shipping
* After market cooler is designed to be quieter while ensuring better temperatures than the reference design.

SSD: Intel 510 120GB
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-2-5-Inch-Solid-State-Versio...
$284.95, free shipping
* You've got SATA III ports on your motherboard, why not use them? While the Vertex 3 is slightly faster, it is slightly more expensive, and I question OCZ's quality control. Also, the reliability of 25nm NAND flash has yet to be proven.

HDD: 2x 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern...
$119.98, free shipping
* To RAID (stripe) or not to RAID, that is the question. Honestly, I wouldn't. You don't need to double the chance of a drive failure, meaning all of your data will be lost.

Optical: Lite-On 12x Blu-Ray Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$99.99, free shipping

PSU: Corsair 750HX
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CMPSU-750HX-Professional-...
$139.99, free shipping, $10 MIR available
* This unit is overkill for this build. However, it offers an 80+ Silver rating, it's modular, and it's made by Seasonic.

Case: Fractal Design Define XL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$139.99, $9.99 shipping
* It's quiet, offers good cooling, and will fit that GPU

Monitor: ASUS ProArt Series PA246Q 24.1" 1920x1200 IPS Panel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$499.99, free shipping, $60 off w/ promo code EMCKEJG54, ends 5/19

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$99.99, free shipping

Total: $2485.32 shipped before promo code and rebate, $2415.32 after
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May 18, 2011 1:39:16 AM

I was going with 2 cards for folding@home use.. since that was his main listed use
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May 18, 2011 2:53:44 AM

I got ya. I guess I always considered that secondary to everything else.
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May 18, 2011 2:55:03 AM

Sorry I made a mistake by putting folding as first. Let me edit that....

Also, I've revised my config...Please see above.
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