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[New Build] $2500 Gaming PC, 19JUN11 purchase planned

I am looking for advice from the experts on a new build. The last time I built my own system was in the early 90s so my ability to stay current with technology is a bit dated. I'm comfortable reading instructions and watching online tutorials to ensure it gets assembled properly. On to the details:

Approximate Purchase Date: 19 June 2011

Budget Range: $2500 - Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet, Muti-tasking (I have been known to have quite a few applications open at once)

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Printer, Webcam

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference - newegg.com for simplicity is fine

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel Processor

Overclocking: Maybe (flexibility to do so a plus - never attempted but again, I am able to follow instructions)

SLI or Crossfire: SLI preferable although overkill I imagine

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Quiet running, quick boot up, non descript case desired
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  2. os 90$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986&cm_re=windows_7_home_premium-_-32-116-986-_-Product

    i5 2500k 225$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072&cm_re=i5_2500k_cpu-_-19-115-072-_-Product -you can overclock up to 4.4ghz by just turneing up your cpu multiplier to 44x ive got mine at 42x and it is a great boost when gaming

    GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3P-B3 178$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128493&cm_re=z68_motherboard-_-13-128-493-_-Product

    Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB 220$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442&cm_re=crucial_m4-_-20-148-442-_-Product

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 65$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&cm_re=samsung_spinpoint_1tb-_-22-152-185-_-Product

    CPU Cooler NH-D14 80$- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002VKVZ1A/ref=s9_simh_gw_p23_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0ABPPSG1MA74T3DSA3C8&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846

    MSI Radeon6970 x2 774$- http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Radeon6970-Graphics-R6970-Lightning/dp/B004XQVCB8/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1307925844&sr=8-4

    Corsair CMPSU-850HX 155$- http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CMPSU-850HX-850-Watt-Professional-Certified/dp/B0029F21LA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1307924959&sr=8-1

    NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel 120$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146067&cm_re=nzxt_phantom-_-11-146-067-_-Product

    dvd burner 21$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    total- 1928$
    you may want to get a better motherboard like the asus z68 deluxe
  3. Thanks for the suggestions - on the verge of pulling the trigger and wanted to ensure no one else had any recommendations.

    As an aside: What's the best way to maximize the SSD? Full install of Windows 7 on it and the game I primarily play?
  4. full install of os and and your most used applications
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