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February 5, 2012 3:34:44 AM

Hey all. First time posting here but have been a big fan of Tom's for a few years. The ex wife took my gaming rig I built back in 08 lol, so gettiing ready to build myself a new one. I will be using Fry's Electronics mostly since it is nearby and they price match newegg and tiger direct. I will be using the Intel I5 2500k as my foundation. I already have the case/ windows 7 home 64 bit/monitor/keyboard/mouse/noctua dh-14 cpu cooler and is not included in the budget ( Cooler Master HAF 922 and also bought a red led 200 mm side fan for it ) the rest i need help with. So with 800 dollars, can i build a decent gaming rig?

Approximate Purchase Date: 6-10 days from now

Budget Range: 800 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching movies, internet surfing.

Parts Not Required: Monitor, OS, keyboard, mouse, case, cpu cooler

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: fry's electronics in WA, newegg, tiger direct

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Nvidia or whatever you all recomend =)

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe later

Monitor Resolution: currently my 1600x900 until I upgrade to a 1080p

Additional Comments: is the noctua NH D-14 a decent enough cooler in your eyes? Also will it be possible to build a decent rig on my budget and with my current parts that is future proof?

Thanks in advance folks!

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February 5, 2012 4:39:54 AM

In that price range for a vid card, might be better of going with a 6950 2 gb and unlocking shaders and OCing to 6970 levels for about the same price. IF you are comfy doing that, that is.
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February 5, 2012 6:30:06 AM

vrumor said:
In that price range for a vid card, might be better of going with a 6950 2 gb and unlocking shaders and OCing to 6970 levels for about the same price. IF you are comfy doing that, that is.

What brand of 6950 2gb has the best cooling/oc'ing ability?
February 5, 2012 8:51:56 AM

What do you all think of the MSI Gtx 560 ti Hawk or the 6870 Hawk?
February 5, 2012 12:46:02 PM

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Microcenter There are $60.00 in rebates wich will bring cost down From $852 to $792

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Intel Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor



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Kingston HyperX blu 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 ...



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Diablotek EVO Mid Tower ATX Computer Case



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OCZ Technology Vertex Plus OCZSSD2-1VTXPL6 60GB SA...



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Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7,200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" ...



SKU: 646901

Thermaltake TR2 Series 500 Watt ATX Power Supply



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