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October 26, 2011 2:12:10 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next week or two

Budget Range: ~$500-550 after rebates (NOT including mobo, CPU, HDD, I already have those)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (Skyrim and BF3), playing music, surfing the web, watching video

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, motherboard, processor, hard drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: mid tower case, SSD

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: This is my first build. Also, I already have a motherboard (Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3), a processor (Intel i5-2500K, what else?), and a 1TB HDD. So really, this is more like a $1000 system. I'm going to want a SSD as a boot drive (with some programs too), and I plan on overclocking my CPU and possibly GPU at some point.


I need a system that can run new games (specifically Battlefield 3 and Skyrim) at max or almost max settings and that can generally perform really well. This is what I have currently (once again, just got a mobo, cpu, hdd so don't need any input on those).

PSU+Memory: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply+ CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B

GPU: GIGABYTE GV-R695OC-1GD Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

SSD: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

HSF: CORSAIR CAFA70 120mm Dual-Fan CPU Cooler

Optical: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

I had been considering using two GTX 460 1GB's in SLI instead of the 6950 because apparently they perform better, but I've read things about micro-stuttering, and I also feel like using previous-generation hardware might not be the best idea. Should I be worried about either of these things?

Current total comes out to $587.93 before rebates; $542.93 after rebates.

Thanks for all the help, any comments or input are appreciated.


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October 26, 2011 6:34:39 PM