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Critique my $1200 Build

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August 14, 2011 3:38:22 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 8/16/2011

Budget Range: $1200 before rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Playing games, music, movies, and graphics editing.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, Windows 7.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, open to other reputable websites.

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Anything.

Overclocking: Yes.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I've already purchased a Vertex 3 120GB SSD. I paid $209.99 and this will be a part of the $1200-$1300 total. Also, with the ATI 6950 purchase I plan to try to unlock the card to a 6970.

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Processor:
Intel i5 2500K

Motherboard:
GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155

Memory:
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

SSD:
OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III

Storage Drive:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM

Graphics Card:
MSI R6950 Twin Frozr II Radeon HD 6950 2GB

Optical Drive:
LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R

Case:
COOLER MASTER HAF 922

Power Supply:
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W

Heatsink:
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212+

Total Cost: $1146.91 w/ Already purchased SSD.

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August 14, 2011 4:06:20 PM

I went ahead and swapped out the motherboard for your suggestion. I was trying to save a few dollars on the MB but x16/x4 is kind of a killer for SLI down the road.

Still undecided on the case. I honestly was leaning towards the Cooler Master Storm Scout but fitting the HD 6950 in the case without modding seems unlikely.
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August 14, 2011 4:09:38 PM

Take a look at the Corsair cases man, I picked up a 600t and it is glorious.
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August 14, 2011 7:29:52 PM

Interesting... The Corsair 600t is a sharp looking case and the cable management looks great. I'm actually leaning towards this case now.

It's hard to go away from the HAF 922... I've used it for 3 different builds now and the case is amazing.
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August 15, 2011 2:27:55 AM
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August 16, 2011 12:51:49 AM

Thanks for all the input guys... I'm leaning towards this build now. It will cut down the cost now and I'll go SLI 560 Ti's in the near future. I went a little overboard with the PSU getting a 80 Plus Silver certified 750W but going SLI I'd rather have a nice one.

As for the more expensive motherboard, I went with the Gigabyte due to the 8x/8x PCIe slots for the dual 560 Ti's.

I'm not ordering anything besides the SSD until Thursday so I'm up for any suggestions even if it means coming up with a new build from scratch.

Processor:
Intel i5 2500K

Motherboard:
GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155

Memory:
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

SSD :
OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III

Storage Drive:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM

Graphics Card:
EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1567-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB

Optical Drive:
LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R

Case:
COOLER MASTER Storm Scout

Power Supply:
CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W

Heatsink:
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212+

Total Cost: $1234.92 w/ already purchased SSD
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