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$1,000 ish build double check

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September 5, 2011 8:05:17 PM

Getting ready to pull the trigger on this build, wanted to double check I am not missing anything or any great deals.

Approximate Purchase Date: Soon


Budget Range: Under 1k (Also need a new monitor, so ~900 on parts)


System Usage from Most to Least Important:High end single monitor gaming


Parts Not Required: any non-system component is already accounted for.


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: N/a


Country of Origin: (USA)


Parts Preferences:None

Overclocking: Simple overclocking only.


SLI or Crossfire: Later


Monitor Resolution: N/A


Build:

Monitor:
HANNspree By Hanns-G HF225DPB Black 21.5" Full HD WideScreen LCD Monitor w/Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99

Combo (Processor, Case, PSU, HDD, Ram, :
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I... $562.99 (Combo savings of 46.94)

Gfx Card:
XFX HD-695X-CNDC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $279.99

Fan:
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $27.99

Total: $975.79 (w/$20 promo coupon on the monitor and all rebates)
Price Without Monitor: $875.80

Notes:

I was thinking of tossing a 60gb SSD for key games and OS, it'll only send me a little over budget. Think it's a good idea?

I plan on unlocking the 6950 to 6970, but key question: Will the PSU hold up if I ever wanted to crossfire two of them in a year or two?

The majority of this build is via that combo package, which has some oddities like 8gb of ram (kinda overkill, right?).
September 5, 2011 9:13:34 PM

That's a good combo. 650W is pushing it for two 6950s, though. It might handle it, but it's on the fringe. Also, 8GB of RAM is pretty standard these days on an x64 OS.

An SSD is really nice for loading applications and boot times, but 60GB is kinda small. I got a 60GB SDD (OCZ Agility 3) for the same purpose and it just isn't quite big enough. SSDs don't run as well when they're full so there should always be 5-10GB overhead and Windows is pretty big (even after all the tweaks) so it doesn't leave much room for games. You won't be unhappy with a 60GB SSD but after a few games it will leave you longing for 120GB.
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