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September 18, 2011 6:55:03 PM

Hello,

Approximate Purchase Date: somewhere around Xmas

Budget Range: 1000 max with shipping taxes and after rebates ( prefer no rebates)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, Photoshop, CAD, minor video editing etc.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse,DVD, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon.com ( for the reason of no taxes), newegg.com, microcenter

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: best bang for a buck

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 for now .. later on next year 1080p+

Additional Comments:
will pick up i5-2500k + mobo(some Z68) @ microcenter unless can find better deal
need OS
would like PC on the quiet side

Thank you

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September 18, 2011 7:10:56 PM

Well the i5 and Z68 are definitely good choices. I would also definitely get 8GB of RAM. May not be that useful in gaming but great for everything else and it's cheap. For your GPU i would recommend a GTX 560Ti because they are good value and do great at 1080P. With SLI/Crossfire i would only do it if you plan to buy the second card relatively soon as in 6 months or maybe a year max.

Heres a good build at that budget.

i5-2500k
ASRock Z68 PRO3
8GB Corsair Vengeance LP
MSI Twin FrozrII/OC GTX 560Ti
Corsair CX-500
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
Samsung DVD Burner
Coolermaster Storm Scout
Coolermaster Hyper 212+

Total is just shy of $900 on Newegg and it should be pretty quiet with decent gaming performance. If you need an OS get that with the remaining $100. If you don't need one though i would recommend a Crucial M4 64GB SSD.
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September 18, 2011 7:13:44 PM

Why not HD6950 1Gb?
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September 18, 2011 8:46:31 PM

That's pretty much the AMD equivalent of the GTX 560Ti so yeah that would work too.
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September 18, 2011 9:41:37 PM

Also that case ... i didn't hear good things about it
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September 19, 2011 6:40:45 PM

Really? I've never heard anything bad about it to be honest. Decent cooling and relatively quiet.
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September 19, 2011 6:46:44 PM

hm ok
I think I'll go for Antec 300
now I put together rig on 3 diff websites and I got 1005$
any idea where to bring the price down ...
I got PSu for 120$ (750W)
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September 19, 2011 7:22:21 PM

Best way to bring the price down would be to give up on SLI and Crossfire. They make for a noisy computer. I can't see the Antec 300 being very quiet either unless you replace the fans with some fractal or Noctua ones maybe.
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September 19, 2011 8:11:08 PM

The Antec fans cafe three settings and actually top 140mm one is pretty silent at full speed also I got one front fan from Cougar pretty quiet and can pull up to 115 CFM.
i guess u r right ... I'm not planning on SLi but it's just a mobo quality I'm going for and unfortunately the ones with one pci r lower quality.
BTW let me know if u like any other choice here ... http://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.phtml?...
also they give 40$ off CPU - mobo combo but only if mobo is Z68
so i'm going for http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... - 120$ and 110$ after MIR
I think pretty good deal
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September 20, 2011 8:03:30 AM

Bulldozer is your best bet.

I read that Six Core BDs will cost no more than $160.
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September 20, 2011 8:18:33 AM

what???
but will the performance be up to par? I guess I still have time .. I'll just wait and see the bench :D 
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September 20, 2011 9:09:19 AM

I am waiting for the benchs too... Its expected that their highest end processor the FX 8150 will be priced at $266
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September 20, 2011 11:23:18 PM

But how long are we looking at? It's been coming out for months allready
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September 21, 2011 12:01:56 AM

Not trying to be a troll or anything, but I would get something like this is for $1K:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?It...

I realize this is slightly over your budget, but I think if you have the time to look around to buy the parts separately or swap for slightly cheaper components, you can get something along those lines for $1k.

I don't think I would have many complaints with a computer of this caliber.
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September 21, 2011 2:04:47 AM

Thanks for suggestion but ...
- I'm not a fan of Phenom .. i5-2500k is way better
- case looks atrocious .. and i'm not a LAN-party guy .. I have a kid :D 
- 2gb 6950 is not necessary for me as I'm not running high resolution or multiple monitor set up .. also if u look at the reviews there is no difference between 1Gb and 2Gb at lower resolution
-the HDD is pretty crappy
And to finish it off .. mobo has 3-Way CF/Sli and that PSu will not be able to drag it

so plenty of complaints
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September 21, 2011 2:31:48 AM

Ah I see. Well it was just an idea to build of off, I personally agree with you on every point you brought up. haha


- Maybe you're not a fan of Phenom... but possibly Bulldozer? 8-core FX T~T
- Case is more functional than fashionable.
- GPU really is overkill LOL
- HDD should definitely be switched, for an SSD + something else.
- After looking at the PSU once more, I realized it wasn't even modular. wtf?

But from another's perspective,

- Flagship AMD CPU
- Flagship ASUS AM3+ MOBO
- near Flagship RADEON GPU
- near Flagship Corsair RAM
- ANTEC Case is unique, something different and functional.
- ANTEC PSU will support that single GPU which is more than enough for most people, so no need for 2/3-way SLI/CrossfireX atm anyway
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September 29, 2011 2:51:25 AM

what do u think people?
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September 29, 2011 3:24:29 AM

will you be adding more fans to the 300 or are there already enough cooling for 1 graphics card
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September 29, 2011 3:56:19 AM

and will you mod the 300?
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September 29, 2011 4:44:37 AM

I will probably add one front fan. Also I'm debating between 300 Illusion and HAF 912 .. also considering BitFenix
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September 29, 2011 8:13:17 AM

My vote goes to HAF 912.
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September 30, 2011 1:05:07 AM

If I can catch it on amazon for 49.99 im going with it .. the only problem it's to tall for my desk and I might have to remove a drawer
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September 30, 2011 3:52:20 AM

most cases are chosen on people opinions so whatever you like and works for you is what you should get
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