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May 20, 2011 12:22:32 AM

Any advice would be appreciated on how to get the machine down in price without too much of a performance dive, and especially what case and cooling would be ideal with the budget. Thanks!!!

Approximate Purchase Date: End of June

Budget Range: $900-$1100 Before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, watching movies, surfing the web

Parts Not Required: Windows 7 Pro, monitor (Apple 30" Cinema Display), speakers, keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel processor, SLI/Crossfire ready but only 1 good GPU to start

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Yes but as above - only want 1 good GPU for now, will add a second one down the line

Monitor Resolution: 2560x1600

Additional Comments: Will be my first PC build, currently am using a first generation Mac Pro with a Mac-hacked Radeon HD 4890 running Windows 7 Pro through Boot Camp. Power expandability wise, I'll need something with enough juice to power a second video card eventually and three HDDs. Would appreciate any help in terms of cases with good cooling, preferably without all the LEDs shining out the front of the case.

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Ideas:

Processor: INTEL Core i5-2500K (BX80623I52500K) @ $225

Motherboard: Asrock Extreme4 P67 @ $160

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) @ $85

PSU: ENERMAX NAXN 82+ ENM750AWT 750W @ $120

HD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB @ $65

GPU: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6950 2GB @ $263

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May 20, 2011 12:57:28 AM

I think your ideas are exactly 'on track', as they stand...

Start spending! :) 
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May 20, 2011 10:56:54 AM

Gaming builds dont need or benefit from more than 4GB of RAM, nothing else you have stated seems to justify more than 4GB either, so that is one way for you to save some money.

If you are not going to overclock (ever) then you don't need a K variant of the CPU and you can save ~$15 getting the i5-2500:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would also change to the Corsair 750TXV2 unless you end up buying a small case which would benefit from having a modular power supply. In which case I'd prefer to have this:
Xigmatek NRP-MC702 700W 80Plus Bronze Modular $110 ($6 shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Information I have seen in reviews have led me to think that it can be a good idea to run systems with two 6950s on a 650W PSU. Perhaps it would be better to have a 750W unit if you want to buy two 6950s and unlock them both to 6970s, or if you were going to overclock, or if you wanted the upgrade options which are provided by 750W PSUs but not by 650W PSUs.

A pretty decent budget case:
Cooler Master HAF 912 $60 ($10 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This case 'only' comes with two fans, I'm sure that your hardware won't overheat in this case, but it is possible that you will have to buy additional fans if you find that you are not happy with the temps that you are getting. So you may think that it is better to buy a more expensive case to start with that comes with a larger number (or higher quality) fans. Cases can also be seen as an investment as a good one can last for many builds.

Another popular budget case is the Antec 300/300 Illusion (comes with more fans than the 300)/100 (updated, smaller, better cable management than the 300s).
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May 20, 2011 12:15:27 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Case-54.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Processor 184.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Motherboard 159.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(Videocard 239.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(Hard drive 49.99 -STXBLOWOUT)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(Ram 69.99-8 GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (PSU-69.99)

Total 829$ before shipping and everything, so you have room to run a SSD if you want to and for that i'd reccomend getting a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (214.99 (20$ MIR) it has incredible read and write speeds Max Read: up to 525 MB/s, Max Write: up to 500 MB/s those are incredibly fast in my opinion
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May 20, 2011 12:17:50 PM

And then you could add another 8 gigs of ram and you'd be at 16 (overkill but future proof) and your total with the SSD would be like 1120
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May 20, 2011 12:32:11 PM

1134 with SSD + 8 more gigs of ram
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May 20, 2011 4:37:10 PM

Best answer selected by adamda.
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