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First System Build - Opinions and Advice

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November 28, 2011 9:04:31 PM

Hi everyone!

Long time guest but I finally decided to formally join the community.

I am working on my first build ever :bounce:  I was hoping I could get your opinions as well as any advice you all have.

I have already purchased the items listed below to take advantage of the savings but I have no problem making any returns if necessary.

Thanks for dropping by!

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: Current Retail Price: $1,633.88/ Price After Rebates and Black Friday Deals: $1,149.92

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies, creating home videos

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor and speakers

Parts Already Purchased:
- Processor: Intel Core i7-2600k ($279.99)

- Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe ($244.99)

- RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL ($29.99)

- Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE 100311-2SR Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity ($319.99)

- Solid State Drive: OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ($59.99)

- Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 Green 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Continuous Power Supply ($54.99)

- Optical Drive: LITE-ON Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM SATA 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu Ray 3D Feature IHBS112-04 - OEM ($59.99)

- Computer Case: NZXT Crafted Series Phantom ATX Full Tower Gaming Computer Case ($99.99)

- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM ($79.99)

Parts Still Needed: HDD and Operating System (Thanks steadywaters!)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,, or any other sites you all recommend

Country: United States

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080/1920x1200

Additional Comments: I want to play games like Skyrim, Battlefield 3, MW3 as well have the ability to run future games at full specs with ease! All recommendations welcome!
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November 29, 2011 11:23:46 AM

Good luck!:)  Better get it now. It seems to be a cyber monday deal or something.
November 29, 2011 9:20:07 PM

cutebeans said:
Good luck!:)  Better get it now. It seems to be a cyber monday deal or something.

I purchased one the moment I say your comment, thanks!