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December 28, 2011 10:25:04 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Monitor

Country: USA

Overclocking: No

Crossfire: Maybe later

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Current build (that I'm set on):

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: Radeon HD 6970 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And 8 GB of ram

3 Questions:

What Motherboard?

What Case?

What HDD?

Thanks!

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December 28, 2011 10:44:38 PM

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GPU: Radeon HD 6970 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814150517


Go with the 2GB 6950 - with a BIOS flash it will perform at the exact same level as the 6970 and it will save you $50 - $60. This would be a better choice:
GPU: Radeon HD 6970 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814150517

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SSD: 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820233191


I like a lot of what Corsair makes but I have not heard good things about the Force 3. Go with the Crucial M4 - it's one of the best drives on the market right now.

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PSU: Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371049


This would be a better PSU for the same price: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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What Motherboard?


Three choices (I prefer the Gigabyte myself - but a lot of people give them generally mixed reviews):

- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For RAM it doesn't really matter what brand you go with as long as it doesn't have tall heat sinks and is 1600MHz timing 9-9-9-24. Corsair, G.Skill, PNY, Crucial, and Kingston are all generally good and reliable brands.

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What Case?


Try this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
And this cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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What HDD?


HDD prices are pretty ridiculous due to the flooding situation in Thailand but for now these are my go-to drives (it all depends on your space and storage needs):

- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (includes MSI DVD burner)
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 28, 2011 10:51:41 PM

Case: How big? Do you need any partiular ports? What kind of looks? How many fans?
Mobo: If you want SSD caching, get an Asrock z68 extreme4, otherwise get asrock p67 extreme3 gen3.
HDD: Any reliable 7200 rpm drive will do, just get the cheapest one.
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December 29, 2011 2:02:17 AM

Thanks for the help! SSD caching is different than using it as a drive correct? I can use a P67 and still use the SSD correct?
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January 9, 2012 9:50:41 PM

Best answer selected by joeey89.
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