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November 6, 2011 5:27:53 AM


Finally after months of research and forum tro... participating I've decided on the build .. somewhat

Budget - $1k
Use - gaming, process simulation, minor video and foto editing, etc
Purchase date - somewhere around Xmas
Parts not needed - kb, mouse and monitor ( 50" 1080p)
Preferred retailers - amazon ( free shipping and no tax), microcenter ( great combos), tigerdirect ( no tax)

Well here is some parts I'm thinking to get:

First of all I hope it gets better in Thailand .. and not just cause i want to see cheaper HDDs :sarcastic: 

I'm going to get P67 or Z68 + 2500k combo from microcenter cause I doubt there will be deals that can beat that.
For GPU I can't decide between 560 Ti and 6950 2gb ... and future CF or Sli need ( reading about all possible problems with dual card setup)
Case is another debate ... help to pick one .. hopefully within $100 budget

Thank you all for your contribution.

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November 6, 2011 7:48:28 AM

Case: Roswell Challenger ($50), HAF 212, or HAF 222
CPU: i5 2500k ($220)
Cooler: Hyper 212+ ($26)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda or Samsung Spinpoint F3
CD/DVD: Any $20 one will do unless you want it to get a Blu-Ray
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 ($50)
GPU: MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III 1G/OC Radeon HD 6950 1GB (it beats the 560Ti $260)
PSU: go with a 800W it will be able to handle XFire if you plan to do it in the future
SSD: Crucial M4 64GB
November 6, 2011 8:55:06 AM

I too would recommend the 6950. Consider the 2 GB model if you're planning CF. Games today can take advantage of 1+GB memory.
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November 6, 2011 9:03:26 AM

yes should have noticed that get the 2GB version
November 6, 2011 6:16:15 PM

I don't think I'll cross fire. Don't want micro stuttering. Yes I guess 6950 is better choice .. Also I can always get 2gb version of 560 ti
November 8, 2011 12:19:58 AM

Any other thoughts?
Case? what is the best for under $100?