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$1600 gaming i5 build need advice

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February 10, 2012 1:52:03 AM

first things first this will be my first build so im trying to get everything right before i order parts so far im looking at
OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-90G 2.5" 90GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820227757
Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148767
COUGAR Evolution Black SECC ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Dual 12cm COUGAR TURBINE HYPER-SPIN Bearing Silent Fans
Item #: N82E16811553002
LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH24NS70 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827136236
SAPPHIRE 11196-00-40G Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814102962
XFX Core Edition PRO750W (P1-750S-NLB9) 750W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified ...
Item #: N82E16817207015
G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2
Item #: N82E16820231461
ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131806
or
ASRock Fatal1ty P67 PROFESSIONAL (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157240
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
Item #: N82E16819115072
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel ...
Item #: N82E16835103099
5 APEVIA CF12SL-UGN 120mm Green LED Case Fan
Item #: N82E16811998122
also as im getting a full case would it be better to cross fire 2 6950 2gb or just stay with the 7950 also the ssd will be used for boot drive not cache your opinions will help me decide
thank you
a c 91 B Homebuilt system
February 10, 2012 3:40:58 AM

That case is OK. Ditch the extra case fans - you don't need them. The 6950 is fine, but the 7950 would be better. And I actually wouldn't recommend either motherboard - the P67 is OK, but the limited expansion options on the Gene-Z will be incredibly frustrating in the long run.

Also I'd really hesitate to recommend low voltage RAM - 1.5V is standard on most SB motherboards and using anything less could not be good. Stick with 1.5V.

Try this build:

Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $99.99
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 950W - $149.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P - $189.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $229.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) - $41.99
SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $174.99
HD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB - $124.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 - $449.99
Optical: Samsung DVD Burner - $15.99

Total: $1,512.89
a b B Homebuilt system
February 10, 2012 10:12:18 AM

CASE: Coolermaster CM690 II - $70
PSU: Antec HCP 850w - $190
Motherboard: MSI Z68A GD65(G3) - $190
CPU: i5 2500K - $230
Cooler: Zalmans CNPS 11 Extreme - $80
RAM: G.Skill Snipers 8GB(2x4GB) DDR3 1600 1.5v - $48
GPU: MSI NVidia GTX570 TWIN Frozr - $370
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB HD - $125
SSD: Crucial M4 128GB SATA 6GB/s SSD - $190
OPTICAL: LiteOn DVD/CD/R/RW - $18

TOTAL: $1511 (excl Mail in Rebates, discounts and expenses)

You can probably drop that by $100-500 quite easily.

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