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May 2, 2012 1:38:32 PM

Hey guys,

I am helping my friend put together a new gaming rig. Any suggestions on a combo for ~$750 or less? He already has GPU and RAM solutions, so no need for those. He is going to be using my old 6850 crossfire cards for now, so that's something to keep in mind. I figured to go with Ivy Bridge so he is a bit more future proof if he wants to upgrade to a PCI-E 3.0 card in the near future. Here's something I threw together real quick, figured I would ask you gurus though.

Motherboard & CPU Combo:
CPU Heatsink:
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

$714.94 for these parts.
Thank you all once again in advance.

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May 2, 2012 2:13:57 PM

Also have an extra HDD and DVD drive so these aren't an issue either.
May 2, 2012 5:06:30 PM

Bump :) 
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May 2, 2012 5:46:53 PM

Are you near a Microcenter? They have a great deal on that processor.
May 2, 2012 5:47:34 PM

Here is a possibility:

COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $80

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650M 650W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Semi Modular High Performance Power Supply - $110

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+ - $35

AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor - $175 [...] 6819103961

GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - $138 [...] 6813128514

~ $540 (not counting shipping, promos, or rebates)

This build uses your same case, psu, and cooler, but with a FX flavor. Your IB build is great, but if your friend would like to save a few bucks a FX build is not a bad way to go. Look at this article:
You'll see that the FX is only a few fps behind the IB. Either route is a good choice.