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First Gaming Rig - Advice Appreciated

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June 12, 2011 9:22:10 PM

This is my first rig dedicated towards gaming, after researching these parts for the past several weeks, this is the best setup I could put together to fit my needs working with a $900-1000 budget. The approximate purchasing date will probably be this month, however, if I could shave an extra $100+ off by waiting till a sale such as Independence Day, I will.

System Priority Usage: Gaming, surfing the web, watching movies.

Unnecessary Parts:Monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS.

Preferred Websites (US): Amazon (receive free shipping and no tax), Newegg (unfortunately am one of the three states that get taxed on my purchases).

Overclocking Yes

Crossfire Not now, but another year down the road I would like to snag another 6950.

My preferences to noise are non-existent, if its loud, so be it as long as it comes with more power/less cost than the other. Again, you guys are the experts, any and all helpful advise will be greatly appreciated.

Case - Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX ($55) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066&Tpk=Antec%20Three%20Hundred%20Illusion%20Black%20Steel%20ATX

Processor/Mobo Bundle - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core ($225 pre-bundle)
Mobo - MSI P67A-G43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $115 (after $10 rebate and pre-bundle). Bundled the price is dropped an additional $20 ($340).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.660242&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1nyg4ns3xvltp

Heat Sync - Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus ($30) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPH0?ie=UTF8&tag=hardwarevol03-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B002G1YPH0

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM ($90)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445&cm_re=G.SKILL_Ripjaws_X_Series_8GB-_-20-231-445-_-Product

GPU - SAPPHIRE 100312-2SR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity ($232 after rebate).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102928

PSU - Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply ($90)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371026

HDD - Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ ($61)
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-HD103SJ/dp/B001U3S5S0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1307715979&sr=8-1&tag=vglnk-c1001-20

Before shipping and tax, the parts come in around $880 (with rebates). After tax/shipping from my current selection and it will roughly be $950.
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June 12, 2011 9:42:15 PM

Looks pretty solid to me.

Don't forget to add a DVD burner or a Bluray -drive, you will be in for a rude awakening otherwise when trying to install the OS :) 
20-22$ for a DVD burner, 60-70$ for a Bluray reader.

As for other recommendations, get the antec case now regardless, that is a great deal on newegg.
And I doubt the CPU cooler will be dropping down any time soon so that you can get right away as well.
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June 13, 2011 1:47:43 PM

My suggestions:

1. Like rvilkman said, get a DVD burner. You can pretty much get the least expensive DVD burner you can find. But I wouldn't bother with a Blu-ray drive. I've read nothing but issues with buying blu-ray drives because they may or may not come with blu-ray software and even then that software may or may not play blu-rays very well. Most people end up having to purchase an upgrade to the software that came with the drive to be satisfied. I just bought a stand-a-lone bluray player because of this to add to my setup.

2. The combo deal that ikyunG posted seems like a better deal to me than the antec 300. I have the first version of the antec 900 and it's great. I've read that the new version is just better all around so I'd recommend the antec 900, especially for the same price.

3. If you want a 6950, which I think is the right choice, then get a reference 6950 that can be unlocked to a 6970. Reference cards are the ones with the single fan at the very end of the card and the exhaust vents out the back of the card. I haven't done this myself yet but a quick google search will show the easy guides on how to do it. I think that would be the best way to spend your money on a video card.
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