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1k-1.2k gaming system, buying this week, please help!

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November 20, 2011 5:50:03 PM

I'm a little confused about compatibility right now (first time builder). I'm trying to get the most out of my budget, and would appreciate your expertise. I'm having particular difficulty picking out a mobo and an appropriate PSU. I would also like to cut down on budget spent on the case without giving up quality design and cable management (if possible).

Approximate Purchase Date: End of this week
Budget Range: $1000–1200 After Rebates (will be a little flexible)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (with and w/o fraps; Skyrim, Metro 2033), graphic design, occasional movie watching, typical office use.
Parts Not Required: Monitor, speakers, keyboard, mouse, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Whatever has the best deal. For ballpark pricing estimate, I will be using amazon and newegg.
Country: U.S.A. California
Parts Preferences: No preference. Whatever counts for quality here would be ideal.
Overclocking: Yes.
SLI or Crossfire: Eventually, but for now, one card.
Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080 max. I may pick up a 1920 x 1200 monitor in the future.
Additional Comments: A quiet computer would be ideal, but some noise will not be deal breaking. I’m really looking for the performance/cost ratio, while still being able to play games like Skyrim and Metro 2033 at upper to max levels.

Parts that I am considering.

Mobo: Gigabyte Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2133 LGA 1155 Motherboard (113.99)
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX (124.99)
ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel (184.99)

CPU: i5 2500k (179.99+tax)

Video Card: ASUS Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express Dual DVI/HDMI Video Card with Eyefinity (189.99) x1
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Superclocked 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card - Lifetime Warranty (249.99) x1
ASUS EAH6950 DCII/2DI4S/1GD5 - AMD Radeon HD 6950 - GDDR5 1 GB (269.99) x1
EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD 1280 MB GDDR5 Dual PCI Express 2.0 DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort SLI Ready Graphics Card, 012-P3-1571-KR (339.99)
(leaning more toward 6950/gtx 570)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit (54.99)
PSU: SilverStone ATX12V/EPS12V 750W Silver PFC (129.99) #
# Not sure if this will be good enough later on for doubling up.

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 750 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Bulk/OEM Internal Desktop Hard Drive (129.99)##
Seagate Barracuda 7200 500 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 16 MB Cache (94.89)
## Might wait 'til after the thailand situation gets sorted out...

Optical Drive: Asus 24xDVD±RW Drive DVD-RAM/±R/±RW 24x8x16x(DVD) 48x32x48x(CD) Serial ATA Internal OEM DRW-24B1ST (19.99)

Case: Corsair Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower Gaming Case CC600T (119.99)

CPU fan: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (33.24)

Total: ~1,113.07 (assuming GTX 570)

I’m still trying to read and figure things out myself, but, well… a man has to know when to seek out knowledgeable people for help.

Thank you for your time and effort.

EDIT's: just adjusting my preferences as I learn more about the parts.

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November 22, 2011 2:20:58 AM

Found in this thread
saaiello said:
The general rule of thumb is its ok to bump if you havent had any more post in 24hrs...

Please, correct me if I am wrong.

Thank you.

I am wrong, sorry. -_-;;
Don't... Bump posts, claim "first!"