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August 24, 2011 2:51:07 AM

Here is my build so far:

SSD: Kingston SSDNow V+100 SVP100S2/96G 2.5"

PSU: Enermax Revolution 85+ 850w PSU

CASE: NZXT Phantom Red/White

OS: Micro$oft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit-OEM

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB HDD

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 SDRAM CAS8

I plan on purchasing an i7 2600k and a GTX 580.

I was looking for advice as to which motherboard and GPU i should go for, and also an opinion of the overall build. (I know the ssd is crap. I got it for $100)

My overall color scheme is red/white so a blue motherboard is pretty much out of the question. also, a red 580 would be preferable, but the only ones that i could find were massive triple slot cards from ASUS. (I plan on possibly sli-ing in the future.)

Eventually i plan on getting the CORSAIR H100 cpu cooler, anyone here know of any compatibility issues with the Phantom or with a mobo installed in it?

My budget for the Motherboard is around 200-250 dollars with room to flex +-30

I am looking for the z68 chipset, preferably with virtu support (mobo video out) as i do some video encoding alongside my gaming.

Let me know what you think!

(Also, this is my first post and first build so please excuse any nwb mistakes :p )
August 24, 2011 3:09:36 AM

Everytime I see a new build question that is over $1,500, the MoBo would be like $200+. That is really overkill, as MotherBoards nowadays is just a "docking station". Anything over $175 is overkill in my opinion. I would go with something that is about ~$150. Saving you $50-$100 so that you can either
a. save the money
b. have $100 closer to the GTX 580 SLI
August 24, 2011 3:17:06 AM

Great point Dragon. I will def. keep that in mind. thanks for the advice.
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October 3, 2011 7:17:07 AM

h100 fits on the phantom case
google it or Utube it.
Phantom case is an awesome case
October 3, 2011 6:00:17 PM

you could also look at the nzxt white psu's