Recommendations for first time builder..

I am very new to the idea of building my own pc, just looking for some recommendations.
Hope to build a gaming pc for ~$1200.

Set on the ATI Radeon 6970 and plan to put them in crossfire. (Second card not included in price, wanna get that later)

Other than that, no specifications.

Any recommendations?


EDIT: Monitor/Keyboard/Sound Not included in price!
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  1. If you want a balanced PC it can't be a 6970. I tried that. Also, are you completely starting over (monitor, case, etc)?

    If you are only building the computer, you can go with an i5-2500k and 6970 to problem.
  2. wigglerthefish said:
    If you want a balanced PC it can't be a 6970. I tried that. Also, are you completely starting over (monitor, case, etc)?

    If you are only building the computer, you can go with an i5-2500k and 6970 to problem.

    How is it not balanced with a 6970?
  3. there are many many threads on this site with similar budgets, i suggest you look at those, and come up with something from there. the most popular build in this budget range (and for good reason) is an i5-2500k + p67 mobo + dual 6950s. The 6970 is a better card, but the performance increase does not match the greater increase in price. Dual 6950s are very powerful. A good 750w psu will be enough to run this setup. If you want what are perhaps the most recommended components:

    asrock extreme4
    hyper 212+ (i prefer scythe mugen)
    8gb gskill ripjaws 1600mhz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.644341
    samsung f3 1tb hdd
    corsair 750tx
    haf 922

    for the 6950's, its a tough call. personally id go with the cheapest 2gb model:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161368&cm_re=6950-_-14-161-368-_-Product

    but many prefer the xfx for its lifetime warranty:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150530&cm_re=6950-_-14-150-530-_-Product

    or the msi twin frozr for its superior cooling system:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127588&cm_re=6950-_-14-127-588-_-Product
  4. wow thanks a lot everyone.. and yes i am planning on building the entire computer from scratch (case, mobo, everything).

    and what do you guys think about having a SSD to boot from and possibly have some games on?
  5. IMO, with your budget you could probably squeeze one in if you want. Depending on the size you could probably put some games on it, but you could buy a small capacity one for your OS only, if you want.
  6. do you know how much a performance increase i would see in loading times on games or just in general with programs installed on a SSD?
  7. that $1250 with out a ssd

    that with i5-p67-8GB-2 6950 2GB-1TB-750W
  8. I'm also a first time builder with your budget, hopefully my build can assist you as well.

    Prices comes to $1,154.92 before tax and shipping, however 90% of the products are free shipping and quite a few of them have mail-in-rebates.

    Note: This includes an SSD as my boot drive as I already have a WD 500. Also already own a copy of Win7.

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