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December 31, 2011 6:47:07 PM

Hello everyone, I am looking at building a new computer for gaming within the next month.

So far all that I have done is bought the case but I am looking to spend around $1500 for the rest of the system. I already have a copy of Windows so that does not not need to figured in to the price.

Also, I am getting two SSD's and setting them up for RAID 0. I don't plan on getting a storage drive, mainly because they are really expensive right now and because I have plenty of external hard drives. So please don't recommend any traditional drives for storage.

The only stipulation that I have on the monitor is that it needs to be 24 inches to match the one that I already have because I want to use two monitors.

In addition to this, I also have to have a wireless card in this system as I currently do not own the residence in which I am living and am not allowed to run cat 5 through the walls.

Here is what I have selected so far:

Samsung S24A350H

Video Card
XFX HD-697A-CNFC Radeon HD 6970 2GB


Power Supply
Seasonic SS-850HT 850W

Intel Core i5-2500k

SSD (I'm getting two of these)
ADATA S510 Series AS510S3-120GM-C 2.5" 120GB SATA III
$159.99 each

RAM (I am getting two of these for a total of 16 GB)
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4 GB)
$59.99 each

Optical Drive
LG Blu Ray Rewriter WH12LS38

Wireless Card
Linksys WMP600N

Hopefully this system won't have to be changed too much. Thanks for your help!

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December 31, 2011 6:54:45 PM

SSD trim function and firmware do not fully support RAID and you won't notice the extra performance boost anyway for a lot the tasks.

For wireless adapter I do not recommend one fixed to the computer. I recommend

I recommend a mobo that supports PCI-E 3.0 if yours isn't already.
December 31, 2011 7:04:17 PM

Well what motherboard would you recommend?
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December 31, 2011 7:05:30 PM

I'd drop the PSU to the XFX Core Edition 850, saves $35. The Seasonic MD12 got a 9.5 rating and I don't know how the new one compares, but the XFX got the same 9.5 performance rating.

I would recommend getting the exact same monitor

I'd get one 240 GB SSD rather than two 120's..... RAID really isn't much good for anything but getting big benchmarking scores, especially gaming. The S510 didn't make this list but the 511 comes in at Tier 6 .... that's 61% slower than the Tier 1 guys

Skip the toothy heat sinks which accomplish nothing but interfere with CPU coolers.

This burner was shipping w/ free media few days ago

No cooler ????

Cooler - $ 42 - Hyper 612 PWM
TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu

As for MoBos.....can't see hpw you benefit in any way from Z68 but you decide.... read article below

Z68 $190
P67 $150