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October 19, 2011 1:45:46 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 2-3 weeks

Budget Range: 2.5k

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, Photo Shop, Video editing

Parts Not Required: Monitor/OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Currently using Newegg, if somewhere else will have a better deal I will gladly use there

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences:None

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Here is what I have so far let me know:

Hey all I just sold my old desktop and I am looking to upgrade. Here is what I have so far comments etc. appreciated. I have compiled this after reading a few sites and looking at Thergood's build, I plan to do the same as him with the computer looking at making the purchase in the next month or so. I have about a 2.5k budget this current build is right on that mark, but if trimming can be done I will gladly do that.

CPU : Intel Core i7-2600K http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070

Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018

Case: HAF X http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119239

PSU: Silverstone 1000Whttp://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256068

GPU: 2x Gigabyte Radeon HD 6950 in Crossfire http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125385

RAM: G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series 12GB http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231464

Motherboard: MSI Z68A-GD80 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130610

SSD/HD: OCZ Vertex 2/Samsung F3 1TB http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227591/http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

Disk drive: LG Blue Ray http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136226

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October 19, 2011 2:11:57 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Pretty much the same cpu as far as gaming, and right now, its $110 less.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Just as good of a HSF if not better, and $25 cheaper

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Better unit (imo) and is $32 cheaper after promo code and rebate. Also, Silver to Gold is almost no difference, so you get a cheaper unit with more watts, just as reliable if not better.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

12Gb is not only excessive, but the cpu reads dual channel better for now. This will also save you around $30

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Much better MoBo and can hold 3-Way SLI

I would prefer you to go nvidia, and a single GTX590 is roughly the same price, and i think you could probably upgrade to the second in the future. Performance from CFX of those 2 and a single GTX590 will be basically the same for most games.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

With all this money we saved, get a Crucial M4 SSD. They are rated #1 on the market, and are synchronous. This means, unlike asynchronous drives that lose speed at 50% capacity, this will run at 100% rated efficiency until 80% capacity is used up.


This being said, you are looking at spending appr. $180 more, but i think this will run a much smoother system and give you much better upgrade options in the future (another GTX590? ehh?)
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October 19, 2011 3:01:25 PM

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