$1200 or under gaming build...

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as I get my tax return so, around the end of Jan.

Budget Range: $1200-$1400 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming

Parts Not Required: I need everything

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: or

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel for the CPU...everything else I am open to

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Not at first...but will likely be upgrading the PSU and GPU with possible Crossfire/SLI around the same time next year. But for value sake, lets just so I wont be doing SLI or Crossfire for this build.

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080 would be preferable

Additional Comments: No special needs with this. It could look ugly as I am more about performance rather than looks.
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  2. does this include a monitor
  3. I would lean toward the HD 6950 2GB simply because of more memory, but choosing between it and GTX 560 Ti is almost like flipping a coin. Either of those would be fine.
  4. I was think either the 560 ti or the Sapphire 6970. I think I may used a 120gb SSD as my main drive right now for the OS and 1 or 2 games installed on it then get a 500 gb HDD a few months after building the computer.

    All in all, though, adding what you suggested with the 6970 and the SSD in place brings me to $1347...very manageable. All I have to do is add in a keyboard and mouse which might bring me to $1400.
  5. Do you already have the SSD, or which one were you looking at?
  6. Not bad, but older SandForce controller. The OCZ below is $12 more after rebate and will perform better.
  7. Best answer selected by Matt141.
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