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Jan 2012 $1000 Power Performance Single GPU , Watercooling Build

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January 11, 2012 12:03:39 AM

The other builds for different budgets:

I5 2500k + Corsair Gaming Series 600w PSU ($289.98) ($10 rebate)
Corsair H60 Hydro Series CPU Cooler ($64.74)
Asrock Z68 Pro3 Gen3 ATX Motherboard ($111.99) ($7.56 shipping)
XFX Radeon HD 6970 2GB GDDR5 256 bit ($329.99) ($30 rebate)
Patriot Signature 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 ($35.99)
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200 RPM 6GB/s HDD ($84.99)
Rosewill Future Gaming ATX Mid Tower ($59.99)
ASUS x24 DVD Burner ($18.99)

Total = $996.66 ($7.56 shipping) ($40 rebate)

In theory, and with a bit of overclocking, this should be able to tackle any game at max at 1080p with high frame rates except for Metro 2033.
Once again, any suggestions or comments are appreciated.
January 11, 2012 12:42:54 PM

Its a verry good build. You can put the same build for an 900$ just change the video card with 560Ti or 6950 and cooler Coolermaster 919 Evo And i think you can squeeze even the OS.
January 12, 2012 2:08:40 AM

Wow, I just built one almost exactly like this. Everybody told me I was going low end with a 750 w PSU and I see you're doing 600 for that combo. Is that enough oomph you think?
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January 12, 2012 9:03:38 AM

Corsair Gaming Series is a very nice set of PSUs I think it'll be fine.
February 12, 2012 11:52:50 PM

samuelspark said:
Corsair Gaming Series is a very nice set of PSUs I think it'll be fine.

Will it be enough for crossfire and overclocking
February 12, 2012 11:54:21 PM

Zach996 said:
Will it be enough for crossfire and overclocking

My new Feb 2012 build is more crossfire orientated. Check it out in my sig.
February 14, 2012 9:35:41 AM

a single xfx 550w psu is enough for 6970.HAF 912 is a better case for the same price.H60 is good cooler but stock fan is crap.hyper 212+ or EVO cheaper and better option.
February 14, 2012 9:41:10 AM

Most XFX PSU's are crap.
February 14, 2012 11:06:44 AM

what the hell?????XFX psus are made seasonic one of the best if not the best.
February 14, 2012 11:49:00 AM

Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($115.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Intel DH67BLB3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($83.99 @ Mwave)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($90.49 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill REDBONE ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($47.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS70 OEM DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $991.40
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-02-14 08:42 EST-0500)

Same build I just linked for another sub-1000 setup. Personally I'd forgo the 2500k in favor of the i3 so that you get more gpu budget.
February 14, 2012 12:43:43 PM

That's really old.
February 14, 2012 1:51:17 PM

^ you heard the man.XFX psus are good quality units.
February 14, 2012 2:40:01 PM

hellfire24 said:
^ you heard the man.XFX psus are good quality units.

This is also my older build for Jan. I have a Feb build up.