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February 20, 2012 12:11:23 AM

Approximate Purchase Date:Within 30 days

Budget Range: 1300-1500 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming primarily, with some normal microsoft office use. Possibility to use dual boot to experiment with learning multiple OS's (like microsoft server, or other networking OS's)

Parts Not Required: Monitor. I'll want a mouse and keyboard and possibly speakers, but will buy them seperately.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg or amazon. any other reputable place if they have lower prices.

Country: US

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel processor, and Nvidea over ATI for video card. other than that, i'm open.

Overclocking: Not right now, but might consider in the future as an upgrade.

SLI or Crossfire: Not now, but SLI is strong possibility in future. the MOBO, and PSU should both allow for SLI in the future.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Would like a quieter system, one that is upgradable in the future

CPU - Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Should I go with the 2500-k if I won't be overclocking for at least 2 years? or should I wait until newer processors come out and just get that one??

Mobo - GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(should be able to support SLI)

Video card - EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(might do SLI in a few years on this card)

DVD Drive - SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Transfer Kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I know its a bit small, but I won't be keeping video or pic on this drive. its just for an OS and games to take advantage of the faster load times.

Case - Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - OCZ ZS Series 650W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(is this sufficient for eventual SLI of dual geforce 580's?

Memory - 2x G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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February 20, 2012 1:00:17 AM

Hi there! Welcome to the forums.

-First, I would suggest getting a smaller SSD. 128GB Crucial M4 should be good, then throw the rest on a 1TB standard hard drive. Keeps the price down.

-Also, why Nvidia? If you are gonna go Nvidia, I suggest waiting for Kepler. Otherwise the 7950 performs better for less and uses less power. Much less.

-You'll want an 850w PSU. A 650w is probably good enough for a single 580 but not two. There's many cheaply priced options, such as this NZXT Hale 850w: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I would definitely suggest modular.

-Maybe grab a larger case. I'd be worried about a pair of high caliber video cards getting stuck in a small case like the Antec 300. Still a great case, though.

-Last suggestion is to get 8GB of ram for futureproofing. It's maybe $10 more for a good set.

Those are my thoughts, hope I didn't swamp you haha.
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