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August 30, 2011 11:33:13 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next couple of weeks

Budget Range: $1000-1400 without mir

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, internet

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel build, doesn’t matter if its ati/amd or nvidia gpu

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Preferably something that matches (blue/black or red/black)
Mainly to play Battlefield 3 or Skyrim at max settings at 1080p.

Motherboard: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Computer Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: x2 SAPPHIRE 100312-3SR Radeon HD 6950 Dirt3 Edition 2GB $529.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Fan: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $27.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Blu Ray Burner: LG Blu Ray Burner $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply & Memory Combo: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 & CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB 1600 $182.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU & Hard Drive Combo: Intel Core i5-2500K & Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB $289.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total with shipping and before rebate/coupon codes: $1,351.17

Questions:

1) Should I downgrade to a crossfire 6870 setup and look at a better case for airflow? If so, what 6870 card is good for crossfire and what case would you recommend?

2) I am not able to hook up to a wired connection, do you think I will have enough room on the mobo for a pci or pci-e wireless adapter?

Any changes you would make is highly appreciated.

Thanks!
August 31, 2011 12:04:59 AM

1) No

2)You don't need to run a PCI (E) network adapter, you can do it via USB. But, there is always the PCI-E x1 slot above the first x16 slot.

Looks good

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August 31, 2011 12:48:20 AM

I wouldn't know about the questions #1 and #2, but your build looks great.
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August 31, 2011 1:02:24 AM

The board down below not only has the NF200 bridge (runs dual cards @ x16), but it also has the new PCI-E 3.0 slots for the 22nm Ivy Bridge cpu's due out next spring. That case is large...check the specks on it, and seeing how that board comes with a black bezel that includes 2 x 3.0 USB ports and 2.5" SSD bracket your future proofed in that regard. That XFX psu down below is manufactured by Seasonic for XFX as is most Corsairs. It was $10 cheaper at that site vs newegg.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 - $89.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING $10 off with promo code haf922deal, ends 8/31
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Computer-Cooling-R4... $14.76 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Cooler Master Computer Case Cooling R4-LUS-07AR-GP 200mm Red LED Case Fan

http://xfxforce.com/en-us/Products/PSU/Pro-Series/750W-... $119.99
XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus Silver 750 Watt Power Supply

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-Z68E7G3 $287.99
ASRock Z68 EXTREME7 GEN3/ Intel Z68/ DDR3/ Quad CrossFireX & Quad SLI/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&2GbE/ ATX Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $264.98 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPH0/ref=s9_bbs_... $27.67 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern... $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $19.99 FREE SHIPPING
LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS-324-98B

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0055Y66A4/ref=ox_sc_a... $264.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Sapphire DIRT 3 EDITION Radeon HD 6950 2 GB DDR5 DL-DVI-I/SL-DVI-D/HDMI/DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 100312-3SR

Total: $ 1,160.35 *not including shipping, rebates, and promo codes

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=CT128M4SSD $187.99 Free Shipping
Crucial M4 2.5 inch 128GB SATA3 Solid State Drive(MLC) - CT128M4SSD2

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <----- That board on newegg

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extre... <---- A better look at that board. Scroll down towards the bottom of the page to see the black 2 x 3.0 USB bezel w/2.5" SSD bracket

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ImageGallery.aspx?CurImag... <----- You can see it on there also.

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/index.html <---- PCI-E 3.0 for Intel Ivy Bridge due out next spring.

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/IntelZ68/index.asp <----- Z68 features

http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6606 <------ A better look at that case

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-stut... <---- Toms showed with this review here last week that those boards (NF200 bridge x16 & x16) help to reduce micro stutter

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/crucial-m4-ssd-firmwar... <----- Crucial M4 Firmware update
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