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September 17, 2011 8:19:01 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: September/October
Budget Range: ~$2000 which also includes monitor
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming
Parts Not Required: Mouse (using existing Logitech MX518)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, NewEgg (I'm in California, so anything to avoid CA sales tax would be preferred)
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel CPU
Overclocking: No for now, maybe in a couple of years.
SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 on a single 24" monitor
Additional Comments: Would like a quiet-ish PC if possible. Trying to build a PC to last a 3-4 years, or as long as possible.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.95 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($184.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: 2x XFX HD-697A-CNFC HD 6970 2 GB (2-Way Crossfire) (2x $339.99 @ Amazon = $679.98)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($164.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($25.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Logitech G110 ($49.99 @ Amazon)

Total for above: $1979.32

Headset: Logitech G35 USB 2.0 Connector Surround Sound Headset ($77.99 @ NewEgg)
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Headset: Corsair CA-HS1ANA Gaming Audio Series ($72.58 @ Amazon)
or
Headset: Sony MDR-V6 ($65.19 @ Amazon)
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Headset: Sennheiser HD555 ($109.12 @ Amazon)

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September 17, 2011 9:35:07 AM
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http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Mini-HDMI-Lifetime-Warranty-... $329.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
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September 17, 2011 5:06:52 PM

Thanks for the suggestions Hiya. I'll check out the Corsair 500R.

I'm having a slight difficulty in choosing between:
Video Card: 2x EVGA GeForce GTX 570 1.25GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) (2x $329.99 @ Newegg = $659.98)
OR
Video Card: 2x XFX HD-697A-CNFC HD 6970 2 GB (2-Way Crossfire) (2x $339.99 @ Amazon = $679.98)
OR
Video Card: 1x EVGA 03G-P3-1584-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 3072MB 384-bit GDDR5 ($589.99 @ NewEgg) [and buy a 2nd later when needed]

Reason being is that I will be running this on a single monitor, and it seems like overkill..
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September 17, 2011 5:11:12 PM

single monitor go with one gtx 580
September 17, 2011 5:35:57 PM

psycho_klown66 said:
Thanks for the suggestions Hiya. I'll check out the Corsair 500R.

I'm having a slight difficulty in choosing between:
Video Card: 2x EVGA GeForce GTX 570 1.25GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) (2x $329.99 @ Newegg = $659.98)
OR
Video Card: 2x XFX HD-697A-CNFC HD 6970 2 GB (2-Way Crossfire) (2x $339.99 @ Amazon = $679.98)
OR
Video Card: 1x EVGA 03G-P3-1584-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 3072MB 384-bit GDDR5 ($589.99 @ NewEgg) [and buy a 2nd later when needed]

Reason being is that I will be running this on a single monitor, and it seems like overkill..

That's a tough one. A single 580 like the other poster mentioned or dual 560ti's should also be considered. It's difficult to say which way to go.
September 18, 2011 6:01:42 AM

Thanks for that ANT link. I also did a compare between 6970 CF and 580 SLI, and the differences is about 15% between the two... for the price difference of $600.

I think I'm going with the 6970 CFs at this point.
September 19, 2011 3:19:28 AM

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