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October 22, 2011 7:48:40 PM

I've been running the same motherboard/processor for 3.5 years now and so I figured it was time for me to rebuild. Here's what I currently have picked out:

i5 2500k
8 GB Ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen 3 Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel 320 Series 40GB SSD (to try out this SRT thing on the board)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And a Case and a 750W PS to round things out
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

From my current build, I'm taking some system fans, my Thermaltake SpinQ CPU Cooler http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?C=1417&ID=18..., a 1 TB SATA HD and my GTS 450.

My main question concerns the GTS 450. Would I gain any significant benefit by purchasing a second one and running SLI? Or should I maybe scrap the SSD and use the extra money from that to buy a new video card? Or keep both the SSD and get a new video card?

I'm trying to keep this build below $800, however I can go as high as $1000. (Currently at $652 with all the parts I've mentioned)

The plan is to purchase this next weekend. Also if anyone has any suggestions on using different components than the ones I've picked out, feel free to list those as well.

Thank you

Yitram

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October 22, 2011 8:15:17 PM

Didn't realize the 450 was a budget card :o  . To be honest the only reason I have that card is because my previous card died and it was literally the only NVidia card in my Best Buy that day. I didn't really have time to do any research. I'm willing to replace the card with something different, if anyone has any suggestions.
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October 22, 2011 8:39:10 PM

Didn't see your last post, I will check out that link now. Thanks.
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October 22, 2011 8:43:13 PM

Keep in mind the resolution of your monitor when selecting a graphics card .

AMD cards have worked well for me and are often better value .
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October 24, 2011 1:13:30 AM

Well after taking your comments into consideration, I made some adjustments and added a Radeon HD 6870.

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

Changed the case and power supply as I realized the case I had originally had picked out was too long for the space I have to put it. It was going to stick out a few inches from my desk. Still using a 750W PS.

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

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

Barring any other suggestions, this should be my final build. I won't be ordering until the end of the week, so still plenty of time to change my mind 3 or 4 more times.

Thanks for the help,

Yitram
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October 24, 2011 4:04:29 AM

I like the Antec 902. Its a great gaming case
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October 24, 2011 4:14:19 AM

Good to hear! Its short enough to fit in my computer cubbyhole on my desk, and wide enough to fit that massive CPU heatsink/fan.
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October 26, 2011 3:34:23 AM

What would be better for gaming? Getting the SSD and a Radeon HD 6870, or dropping the SSD and using the money from it to get a 2GB 6950?
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October 26, 2011 4:17:14 AM

SSD'd make computers feel snappier opening files, windows boots faster and games load quicker
BUT HAVE NO BENEFIT while you are playing

buy the 6950
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October 26, 2011 12:09:24 PM

Yeah I was leaning that way already, but thanks for confirming it.
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November 11, 2011 12:39:50 AM

Finished build last night. Went smoothly for the most part, except that I didn't try to install my CPU cooler until the mobo was already mounted in the case. There's some stuff mounted too close to the CPU that I wasn't able to push down on all of the connectors on my SpinQ to mount it. So I'm currently using the stock fan. I know its garbage, but its better than nothing at the moment, and I don't plan to overclock it right away. Now I just need to find an easy to mount CPU cooler that won't make me disassemble the computer. :D  Thanks for your help!
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November 19, 2011 12:31:59 AM

Best answer selected by Yitram.
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