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November 22, 2011 8:15:25 PM

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November 22, 2011 8:48:12 PM

It looks good! Although if you are going to Crossfire the gfx card, then you might want a larger PSU
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November 22, 2011 9:54:12 PM

There are two VERY important questions you must answer before making your build:
1) Is there a Micro Center nearby?
2) Is there an old Hard Drive (HDD) you can use until HDD prices get back to normal? I'd recommend a 60GB SSD or a $130 OCZ Agility 3 120GB before an HDD at their current prices.
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November 22, 2011 10:09:22 PM

@r0aringdrag0n--You really didn't try very hard to help this guy out, did you?

CPU+GPU: That's a pretty lousy combo. The Phenom II x4 955BE (same as a 965 since the multiplier's unlocked) is regularly $99 on deals. The 6950 1GB is regularly $200 after rebate. If you've got a Micro Center nearby, you could pick up an i5-2500K and 6950 for $15 less.

DVD: simple enough, good price. Go ahead and buy it now (if you don't have an old one sitting around. I've got several.).

Case: Not that amazing for $60, but it'll do. If I were on a budget like you, I'd get a Thermaltake V4 for $40: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003SNJA8O/sr=8-1/qid=...
An Antec 300 is also only $45 on Newegg.com

HDD: No, that's terribly overpriced. Get a 120GB SSD for $20 more.

Mobo: That one's fine if you're comfortable saying you'll stick with Radeons. If you're not, this is a solid SLI compatible board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU+RAM: That's a solid combo. However, a 600W PSU is useless with a 6950 1GB. It's not big enough to run two and one would do fine on a 500W. I suggest a $38 8GB (2x4GB) 1600CL9 DDR3 kit (sign up for Newegg's emails) and a $60 XFX 650W SLI PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Any Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, or XFX PSU is good enough.

My total budget for you...
CPU: $100
Mobo: $87
GPU: $200
PSU: $65
Case: $40
RAM: $40
DVD: $20
HDD: $0 Reuse old one

TOTAL: $552

I'd use the extra money to buy a 120GB SSD. Then add an HDD later when you run low on space. You can also find deals on external hard drives with 3.5" ones inside still. Keep an eye on slickdeals.net.
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November 22, 2011 10:48:13 PM

Best answer selected by mikey23.
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November 22, 2011 10:50:51 PM

so can u send me links on how to get the hd6950 for $200 cause I looked and looked. And what processer would you like me to get? and do u have a old one I can buy if there is any way of doing that? Ik you said the i5 2500k and the 6950 but how? thanks alot.
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November 22, 2011 10:53:31 PM

No microcenter near me.



Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))

Budget Range: $720after Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (diablo 3,sc2, skyrim)

Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS,etc.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: cheapest works
Country: USA
Parts Preferences: None
Overclocking: no
SLI or Crossfire: no
Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)
Cannot find it on my 42 inch but it has to play on it with clear and hopefully max graphics with games talked about above
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November 23, 2011 12:05:23 AM

Your monitor is either 720p or 1080p. That's 1280x720 or 1920x1080. If you tell me the model, I can find it.

$200 6950 1GB: http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=3582904
If you don't like that one, keep an eye on slickdeals and another one will pop up.

CPU/Cooler: NCIX is price-matching Microcenter's $179.99 i5-2500K. The Phenom II x2 955BE is $80 cheaper...but also slower: http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=3590744
NCIX has the CoolIT Eco water cooler for $29.99 with the i5-2500K. This is only useful if you overclock, which isn't too hard and I'm a big fan of doing.

So you can go with the original 955BE and ASRock motherboard as described in previous posts. Or you can get the i5-2500K and this motherboard for $113: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Whether you Phenom II or i5-2500K depends on how much longevity you want out of your system and what your budget can handle.

If you don't mind reinstalling Windows down the line, I suggest you post a "[WTB] 80GB or Larger HDD" thread in the Classifieds forum here. I'll look around and see if I've got a spare HDD for a non-outrageous price. If you get something like a 160GB HDD or smaller, it shouldn't cost you more than $25. You can PM me with whatever prices you encounter if you want some tips.
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November 23, 2011 7:23:09 PM

its 1080p its a dynex 42 inch. and thanks a lot.
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November 23, 2011 7:24:12 PM

I will post a final thead of what I will buy today you can look at it that would confirm me to get the setup thanks again.
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November 23, 2011 7:46:15 PM

so if i can get the 650 watt i can crossfire the 6950s?
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