$650-$850 based on SBM

Approximate Purchase Date: 0-3 days

Budget Range: 650-800 soft

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, work

Parts Not Required: Have keyboard, also BR drive I need to look the model number up for

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and amazon, but am flexible

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, Radeon soft

Overclocking: Maybe -- as long as its clear it will work

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe? Dunno

Monitor Resolution: 1080p

Additional Comments: Case can be ugly as sin, and any PSU that's not super-loud

I'm trying to build a system mostly for gaming that's based on this month's SBM. I like that this system seem to do pretty well with minimal overclocking, but would be open to an overclocked option as long as it's well-understood to be stable. A few changes are that I have made are 8 gb of ram and a 120 gb SSD since they seem to not be that much more than low-end hard drives now. Right now I'm looking at Does everything in here make sense? As far as I can tell tell the PSU should be fine. Also if anyone has a suggestion for a cheap wired optical mouse with five or more buttons I would appreciate it.

Thanks for any input you can provide!
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  1. On the PSU, put out a little more and get something that'll allow you to Crossfire in the future.
    I'd recommend it mainly because it's only about $16 more above your PSU's standard price but it'll give you the option to Crossfire. Also, you should be aware that your MIRs total up to $65, not all MIRs are honored, though a lot of companies do, not all are honest about it and some of the time you could be unlucky and have the company be a stickler about it and end up not giving you the rebate. That's just me though.

    A few motherboards that'd give you SLI/CF as an option to run @ 8x/8x Both are pretty cheap and great for the price.
    Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3
    Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68

    IMO A better case but quieter.

    I don't suggest the Blackbone mainly because Top mount PSU's aren't really that superb airflow-wise but also because from what I've heard it's rather flimsy as opposed to spending a few bucks more for a more solid case. Though it's your choice.
  2. Ok, so with this suggested build I should just be able to get a matching 6870 and drop it in when I want to try crossfire? Thanks for the head's up about the case. -A
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    Yep, assuming you get a motherboard supporting CF and a 650w+ PSU.
  4. Final check time!

    Ok, so I think it's unlikely I will get a second card and do CF, but it turned out to only be ~$60 more so I'll go with your suggestions anyways. I'm also going with the case from Amazon that you suggested, and the nice 8-button mouse that just came up on slickdeals.

    I think I'll go with the STATA II SSD, since at that point I'm not sure that the extra $45 to go from really fast to really bloody fast is worth it, since i don't really do anything HD intensive anyways.

    See any obvious problems? If not, about to order. Thanks again -A
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  6. Good luck!
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