Advice on what parts to use (best bang for the buck)

Approximate Purchase Date: (sooner the better))

Budget Range: (1000 with os before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (autodesk inventor, gaming, homework, bragging rights)

Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.: newegg.com)

Country of Origin: (united states i guess)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (asus motherboard, with good future expandability)

Overclocking: Yes /

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution:, 1920x1080

Additional Comments: prefer best cooling for a long product life, and an nzxt phantom, antec 1200, or df-85 case
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  1. With what you want in it, pretty tough getting it to $1000 with OS before rebates. Especially by getting any decent graphics in it.
    I would say you can get what you want for about $1000 without the graphics card. And then add the card with however much juice you want.
    You have an expandable Asus Z68 MB, overclockable CPU, a case you wanted, enough juice on the PSU to handle SLI/Crossfire and OC.

    CPU+mobo combo: i5 2500k + Asus P8Z68-V Pro $409.98
    HSF: Noctual NH-D14 $79.99
    Mem: Gskill ripjawsX 2x4GB 1.5V CAS9 1600Mhz $64.99
    Case: Antec DF-85 $154.99 ( before $20 MIR )
    PSU: Antec CP-850 850W $114.99 ( before $25 MIR )
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $59.99
    DVD: Asus 24x DVD burner $19.99
    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit $99.99

    ~$1004.91

    Then add a graphics card: 6950, 560Ti ~ $200-$220 after rebates ( $250 before )
    or
    6870, 560 ~$160 after rebates ( $180 before )

    You end up with something in the $1200-$1250 range and it should play nicely in resolutions between 1680x1050 - 1920x1080.
  2. that is basically what im at but i m using a single 6850 later so be dual card

    ill have triple 1080p monitors
  3. 6950 two monitors and buy another monitor later
  4. Well if you plan on playing things at the 5760x1080, you need a lot more juice than 6850 Crossfire.

    I would say that 6950 2GB versions in crossfire will get you a setup that will run things reasonably well.
    You will have to cut down on some effects and AA but in general it should work with decent framerates.
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