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Review my build + Case advice ($1000 gaming)

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May 31, 2011 3:10:14 AM


Approximate Purchase Date: Soon.

Budget Range: Around 1000`

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming,image editing,movies

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, OS, Monitor, Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: N/A

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1600x900

Additional Comments: Need to be well cooled. And just make sure I didn't make any glaring mistakes on picking everything out. Also need ideas about the case.


Already have the Ram

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3

Build as of right now.

MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67

SAPPHIRE 100312SR Radeon HD 6950 2GB

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM

ASUS Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA

Now for the case I'm kinda clueless on. I need it fairly cheap but I also need good cooling. My best guess is below but I'm unsure if its good enough/large enough.

NZXT M59 - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
May 31, 2011 4:17:02 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $154.99 FREE SHIPPING
GIGABYTE GA-P67X-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99 - $99.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $19.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10... $28.78 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $249.99 (Before $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) FREE SHIPPING
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

*Below are reviews/benchmarks of that MSI 560

http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-n560gtx-ti-twin-froze...

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2011/01/27/ms...

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/msi_gtx560_twin...
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May 31, 2011 5:57:33 AM

for the case i would say take an Antec or Coolermaster , keep in mind that those full tower cases can be quite expensive/ large on the opposite site , those big cases will most likely provide enough cooling and have enough space for adding some more hardware in the future

Antec twelfe hunderd V3 :
http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=MjcxNQ==

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May 31, 2011 1:21:57 PM

Really appreciate the feedback guys. I'll change up some parts. Still looking at case options , looking for the best bang for my buck. Also keep the critiques and options coming. :D 
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May 31, 2011 1:39:33 PM

This seems to me to be the best deal on an i5-2500k + mobo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

As far as I can tell, its identical to the P67x UD3, but has the additional (albeit useless) feature of ssd caching.

Im surprised at the lack of reviews on the several inexpensive x8/x8 z68 gigabyte boards.
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May 31, 2011 2:02:14 PM

That combo seems a easy way to save a few bucks, thanks.
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May 31, 2011 2:57:03 PM

+1 on the haf 922. the haf 912, antec 300 illusion, rosewill challenger, storm enforcer, are also great choices.
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May 31, 2011 6:38:58 PM

Do any of those stand out for cooling over the others? Also is there anyway to tell if my designated items will fit?
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May 31, 2011 7:08:37 PM

All the aforementioned cases have superior cooling. The haf 922 probably has the best considering its large fans and roominess. I am very pleased with my antec illusion, as I got it for $55 and it comes with 4 fans. I also appreciate its plain black look (i snipped the LEDs). Im not positive about the challenger, but the other 3 will definitely fit those components. Below is a rather amusing shot of a packed antec illusion. It has dual 6950's, and a massive scythe mugen cpu cooler:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel-sandy-bridge-...

Based on current prices, my top choice would be the haf 922 if you dont care about aesthetics. Not only is it the best of the bunch, you really cant do much better for any price in terms of functionality.

That being said, an antec 300 illusion with a scythe mugen will give you lower cpu temps than a haf 922 with a hyper 212, so you gotta make sure youre putting your money in the right place if youre squeezed.
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May 31, 2011 8:33:06 PM

I need to total everything out but I will more than likely end up with the Antec and a scythe. It seems to be the best value and correct me if I'm wrong but I could add the scythe at a later date if th current budget didn't allow it.

Also a side note, the asthetics won't matter if your gpu melts.
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