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1000 dollar gaming rig, ordering tonight.

Here is my final choice for a super awesome gaming pc. My first build and i plan to assemble it myself.
needs: 1080p gaming, eventually multi monitor set up, gaming for bf3, MW3, etc. video editing, and audio tweaking.
currently have a good monitor, upgrading in the next two months.

CPU:i5 2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

CPU cooler: 212 evo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

GPU: hd radion 6950 2gb tfII/oc
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127562

MOBO: asrock Extreem 3 gen 3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

RAM: 8gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104262

Case: nzxt
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146070

HDD: 1tb 7200rpm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

Disc Drive: 24x dvd
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

PSU: 750w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021

Thoughts? suggestions? after much deliberation I decided to get the 6950, I was stuck on the 560 ti hawk. still a little up in the air as far as the two cards go.
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  1. Build looks solid. Are you planning on adding another 6950 later? If not, you probably don't need that much from your PSU but it won't hurt to have. Lastly, for 25 dollars cheaper you can get an Antec 300 which is an excellent case. Not as flashy as the NZXT though so I guess it depends if you had your heart set on it.

    Good luck!
  2. hey... at your budget... i think some of you can pick some better parts... take a look...

    hsf: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181011
    CORSAIR CAFA70 - $23 after MIR

    gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102951
    SAPPHIRE Toxic 100312TXSR Radeon HD 6950 2GB - $270 after MIR

    ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416
    G.SKILL Sniper 8GB Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR - $$48
  3. Change your ram. You have selected 1.65 volt ram, which has been known to cause issues with sandy bridge processors. Go with 1.5 volt ram such as Corsair Vengeance or GSkill Ripjaws etc

    If you are going with a multi monitor setup then the 6950 2GB is the better choice than the 560ti due to the vram. However, if you plan on gaming with a 3x monitor setup you will need to SLI the 6950 to get decent frame rates on higher settings, a single card will not be enough. On a single monitor I would rather the 560 ti because it overclocks like a beast, well passing the 6950 in performance after 900 mhz.
  4. If you can spare the extra $10, here's an Enermax modular (less cable clutter).

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817194086
    $120 ENERMAX NAXN 82+ ENM750AWT 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular

    If you want to save a few bucks on a case, and not have a goofy @$$ed door:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112323
    $60 LIAN LI Lancool First Knight Series PC-K57W (has 1xUSB 3.0 on front, 20% off with code)


    or same price as the one you listed
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147061
    $70 Rosewill RANGER Gaming ATX Mid Tower (has 2xUSB 3.0 on front)
  5. this 6950 has a switch with 2 bios. the 2nd bios unlocks the shaders, to the 6970 level. no guarantee it will work, but from what ive seen theres a good 70 percent chance it will

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102951

    edit: mine unlocked with no problems
  6. for $1000 you can get parts such as this.... take a look..

    cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    Intel Core i5-2500K - $220

    mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $125

    ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231479
    G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR1 - $60

    hsf: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181011
    CORSAIR CAFA70 - $28

    hdd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB - $70

    odd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136236
    LG DVD Burner 24X Model GH24NS70 - $19

    psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817194093
    LEPA B850-MA 850W - $80

    gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102951
    SAPPHIRE Toxic 100312TXSR Radeon HD 6950 2GB - $270 after MIR

    case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139010
    Corsair Carbide Series 500R White - $125 after MIR


    total: $997 after MIR excluding shipping


    *notes

    * this model has the possibility of unlocking to hd 6970 shaders... at zero cost...
    * just remember to get at least 1.5v or below for ram...
    * if you have any doubt about lepa psu... this lepa psu in fact is manufactured by psu top tier maker enermax... so quality wise it won't be worst than corsair although the latter is much more popular...
  7. xbm greatsoldier said:
    Here is my final choice for a super awesome gaming pc. My first build and i plan to assemble it myself.
    needs: 1080p gaming, eventually multi monitor set up, gaming for bf3, MW3, etc. video editing, and audio tweaking.
    currently have a good monitor, upgrading in the next two months.

    CPU:i5 2500k
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    CPU cooler: 212 evo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    GPU: hd radion 6950 2gb tfII/oc
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127562

    MOBO: asrock Extreem 3 gen 3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    RAM: 8gb
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104262

    Case: nzxt
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146070

    HDD: 1tb 7200rpm
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    Disc Drive: 24x dvd
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    PSU: 750w
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021

    Thoughts? suggestions? after much deliberation I decided to get the 6950, I was stuck on the 560 ti hawk. still a little up in the air as far as the two cards go.

    That old school 1.65v RAM has to be changed. These 1155 boards require low voltage RAM as in 1.5v or even less or it plays havoc with the controllers on those boards.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186 $49.99 FREE SHIPPING
    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

    That case you have is a hot box. That MSI card vents heat inside the case, not out the back. If your going to sink this kind of money into a build then I strongly suggest you purchase a case that's not an oven. Look for a case with better cooling, ventilation, and size.

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-Computer/dp/B0055Q7BR4/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1319215535&sr=1-3 $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - CC-9011011-WW

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139008 <----- That same case on newegg

    Down below are some money savers...

    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-R6950-Twin-Frozr-II/dp/B005HR0G5K $269.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    MSI R6950 Twin Frozr II Radeon HD 6950 2 GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-Z68E3G3 $124.99 Free Shipping
    ASRock Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3 LGA1155

    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=I5-2500KBX $214.99 Free Shipping
    Intel Core i5 Processor i5-2500K 3.3GHz 6MB LGA1155 CPU, Retail - BX80623I52500K

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341049 $99.99 - $74.99 after mail-in rebate card Free Shipping
    OCZ ZS Series OCZ-ZS750W 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Performance Power Supply
  8. don't put money on that case.you don't need to spend 100+ on a case.a 400r is enough.everything else is good.hyper 212+ is a better cooler.i don't know about that LEPA psu thing(no offence).but i think this is a better option-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703027
    a 750w is enough unless you are going for 570(or greater)SLI.
  9. CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    Core I5-2500k $219.99 (or $179.99 if you have a microcenter near you)

    CPU Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
    Cooler Master Hyper 212+ $25.99

    MB:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128512
    Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3 $149.99

    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345
    Corsair Vengeance 8GB (4X2)1.5v $49.99

    GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102945
    Sapphire Radeon 6950 2GB Dirt Edition - $244.99 after $20MIR

    Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233
    Cooler Master HAF 912 $59.99

    PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341049
    OCZ 750W 80 Plus Bronze Certified, $74.99 after $25 MIR

    HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136283
    WD Caviar Black 750GB $79.99

    SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441
    Crucial M4 64GB Sata III 6.0GBPS $109.99

    DVDR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136236
    LG 24X DVDR $18.99

    Total $1034.90, excluding shipping. You could always exclude the CPU cooler as the stock cooler with the I5-2500k does a good job of cooling it unless you OC, and just wait to OC till you can afford a better cooler if you want to keep the build right around $1k.

    I personally wouldn't build a gaming rig without an SSD - even though the SSD doesn't really speed up gaming all that much, it does speed up all the normal tasks immensely, and if you are spending this much money on a system, you might as well have one that is fast even when you aren't gaming, too.
  10. Every time I come here I have to completely change my build, Thanks for the input guys, I ended up pushing the ordering date back a few days. Now I'm rethinking my CPU cooler, as well as my case, and trying to figure out if its worth it use a 6950 on my build (with a chance to unlock my shaders) or if I should just get the 560 ti and put some more cash into an SSD.
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    xbm greatsoldier said:
    Every time I come here I have to completely change my build, Thanks for the input guys, I ended up pushing the ordering date back a few days. Now I'm rethinking my CPU cooler, as well as my case, and trying to figure out if its worth it use a 6950 on my build (with a chance to unlock my shaders) or if I should just get the 560 ti and put some more cash into an SSD.

    You posted a very good build imo. That RAM being 1.65v is no biggy...easy change, and maybe that case to something better. But very good build.
  12. Best answer selected by xbm greatsoldier.
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