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October 5, 2011 6:02:14 PM

hi, I'm looking to build a computer mainly for gaming. I have a $1500 limit. I'm new to building a machine from ground up. I built a wish list of parts as a starting point. I haven't made any decisions yet so that is why you will see 2 motherboards and a low class hard drive because I'm wanting to get a SSD soon. Please feel free to give opinions or alternates. I'm trying to get the best for my money. Thank you for any help.

Wish List:
Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price
1 Rosewill BRONZE Series RBR1000-M 1000W Continuous@40°C, 80Plus Bronze Certified,Modular Cable Design,Active PFC"Compatible with Core i7, i5" Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817182188
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$70.00  Instant
$199.99
$129.99
1 ASRock Z68 PROFESSIONAL GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157263
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$15.00  Instant
$269.99
$254.99
1 SAPPHIRE Toxic 100312TXSR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814102951
1 Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
Item #: N82E16819115070
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy $314.99
1 ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Item #: N82E16813131730
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$10.00  Instant
$209.99
$199.99
1 ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
Item #: N82E16835118019
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $46.99
1 ARCTIC COOLING Arctic Cooling MX-4 AC-MX4 4 gram (g) All-Around Thermal Compound
Item #: N82E16835186038
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $12.99
2 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL11D-8GBXL
Item #: N82E16820231468
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy -$30.00  Instant
$259.98
$199.98
1 SILVERSTONE RAVEN RV01-BW Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811163135
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $20.00 Mail-in Rebate
$229.99
October 5, 2011 6:12:35 PM

Component by component:

• The PSU is overkill for now, but if you plan on using Crossfire later it's not a bad pick although I would look at 80 Plus GOLD certified PSUs.

• MB: both are very good.

• Video card: I have no opinion on ATI cards.

• CPU: Best pick. You can get the 2500k though and save some gold.

• Cooler: CNPS 9900 MAX is a better choice.

• Thermal Grease: no need, the Zalman stock one is good.

• RAM: no need for a 2133. 1600 is enough.

• Case: no opinions.

SSD: good choice, but having a large HD is not a bad choice either.
October 16, 2011 11:53:04 PM

thank you for your input. i will be building the computer next mont. and i swapped out a few components with your guys help. thank you again.
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