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New Build .. Any Advice would be great.

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July 9, 2011 2:42:03 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 3 months (After Baby birth and bills settled.)
Budget Range: $1500 (Unfortunately I think $2,000 is more likely.)
Parts Not Required: N/A (Migrating from laptop.)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,
Country of Origin: US
Over clocking: Yes (Probably only easy mode OC from switch on MoBo)
SLI or Crossfire: Yes, Crossfire
Monitor Resolution: 1080p (1920x1200 or better)

Ok so my laptop is 6 years old now and the $1,800 I spent on it got me through my WoW phase and this machine is finally dying. I have a baby on the way and have to make sure all the doctor bills and what not are covered before I use my computer money. I have done a bit of research and I wanted a reasonably priced machine that will have some life in it. I am not a hardcore PC gamer so I have no need for the best parts every year. Any constructive advice would be great. TY!

CPU: Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz $219.99

MoBo: ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe $249.99

RAM: CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) $129.99

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100312-3SR Radeon HD 6950 Dirt3 Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 x2 $539.98

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb $89.99

SDD (For MoBo Intel Smart Response Tech.): OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX30GXXX 2.5" 30GB SATA II $84.99

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower $159.98

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V $159.99

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER V8 $59.99

Monitor: ASUS VH236H Black 23" Full HD Widescreen LCD $179.99

Optical Media: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner $20.99 (Place holder for Blu-Ray Burner) $20.99

Keyboard: (Not in budget will use a cheapy until I free up some capital for a quality one.)

Mouse: (Not in budget will use a cheapy until I free up some capital for a quality one.)

WiFi Card: (Not in budget will use the Intel gigabit LAN in the MoBo until I can afford & research a low latency wifi card)

Headset: (Not in budget BUT will eventually get the Astro A40 Audio System)

In my new egg basket there are discounts and I know prices will change in the 3 months so I might need to revise some selections. Any advise, Insights, other Help would be great. TY again.


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July 9, 2011 3:45:24 AM

Performance question to go with build...

With the SSD caching I wasn't sure if the raid 0 would be worth it, also not sure if a 30gb drive will cut it with caching but info I have found is limited. Now I am trying my best to keep costs as low as I can so I would rather not spend on 2 SATA III 6gb HDDs to raid 0 however would 2 SATA II 3gb 1TB Drives such as be faster in a raid 0 config over the SATA III drive if so the cost difference would be minor. Ty in advance.
July 9, 2011 5:19:03 AM

My professional opinion is, WAIT until you get closer to build date. Technology changes fast and i7 price will probably drop in August/September (as per usual Intel Fashion)

Enjoy the parent thing and get ready to sacrifice all "Me" money for another 25 years...