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November 25, 2011 12:45:29 PM

My budget is $900 and I want to go as high-end as possible... not that it means alot as fast as things change but i'm trying to futureproof as much as possible... lol

any critique or advice is appreciated

my shopping cart :

Case :
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan - 39.99 with promo code
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PS :
OCZ ZS Series 650W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom - 74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive :
LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS90B - OEM - free with OCZ psu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD : Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - 109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MB :
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - 124.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory :
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL - 29.98 x2 (getting 2 for 16gb at this price)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU :
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor - 199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler :
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler - 24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU :
HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - 269.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TOTAL = 904.91


advice ? opinions ? good ? is that mobo gonna do it for me ?

thx :D 

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November 25, 2011 12:56:55 PM

Not a fan of Rosewill anything

XFX Core Edition 650 is a better and cheaper PSU .... but if ya thinking future CF or SLI, ya will need an 850 watter.

Blue = Slow, black is the performance HD line

Mobo has only a 2 year warranty.

$270 is a lot for a 6950.....I'd wait 4 days for the new 560/570 hybrid apparently to be known as the 560-448. The factory OC'd 560 Ti's already tops the factory OC'd 6950's (495 to 484 in Guru3D's game test suite, 862 to 759 when in SLI/CF) and the new "hybrid" is reportedly going to be in the same price range as the 560 Ti.

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November 25, 2011 1:05:46 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
Not a fan of Rosewill anything

XFX Core Edition 650 is a better and cheaper PSU .... but if ya thinking future CF or SLI, ya will need an 850 watter.

Blue = Slow, black is the performance HD line

Mobo has only a 2 year warranty.

$270 is a lot for a 6950.....I'd wait 4 days for the new 560/570 hybrid apparently to be known as the 560-448. The factory OC'd 560 Ti's already tops the factory OC'd 6950's (495 to 484 in Guru3D's game test suite, 862 to 759 when in SLI/CF) and the new "hybrid" is reportedly going to be in the same price range as the 560 Ti.



The Rosewill is only 30bucks and overall the reviews for it are high

40 bucks more to go with black.... big difference and trying to stay in budget :( 

2 yr warranty... i know... but great price for the features... overall good reviews

270 for the 6950 with 2gb of ram.... the 560 ti 2gb is better ?
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November 25, 2011 1:10:15 PM

ohh... and the xfx core edition 650 is 15 bucks more plus then i would have to buy an optical drive separately... pretty tight budget :( 

the futureproofing is mostly just for the processor / gpu / memory
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