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Help my build a $1500 Sandy Bridge rig!

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Hey guys I'm still pretty new here and am selling my rig to make a sandy bridge system.

I wanna buy everything from newegg to save on shipping and I have a $20 off code

Goal: A gaming computer with as high of quality sounding music and games as possible, with an ssd for my os and a few select games and a hdd for a pretty decent amount of flac files.

I want to try and run 3 way surround at 1920x1080 monitors for Battlefield BC2 at decently high settings. (already have the monitors)


You don't need to factor a sound card into the total but I'm willing to spend another $600 for an audiophile sound card and closed ear headphones in a couple weeks if you don't mind suggesting what the best combo I can get for that is as well.


Oh one last thing Id prefer if the case was a scout: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119196

Thanks in advance guys. I figured you guys could spend my money better then I can!
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well what I would go with is

intel 2500k sandy bridge

6970 crossfire

8gbs ddr (all perform about the same so just go which every brand your comfortable with)

Asus P8P67 evo

corsair 850TX (you can get a combo with it and an xfx 6970)

Hard drive space however much you think you need, as for brand WD, Seagate, and Samsung are all great Samsung having the best performance with their spinpoint series (according to passmarks a 7200rpm samsung spinpoint is better than a WD velociraptor go figure). As for Seagate don't listen to rep there are actually good hard drives, just stay away from the 7200.11 revision.

The storm scout is a no go though, with 6970s, you would have to cut out part of the hard drive bay, if you are okay with that then you can use it, if not get a different case.

Why no Nvidia? because AMD/ATI has better multimonitor support and runs better at higher resolutions, also the 2gbs of ram will help a lot in higher resolutions. Also crossfire works far better than sli on the current generations. No I am not an Ati fanboy I use nvidia but for this situation no contest ati is the winner.

Why no SSD? because I wasn't quiet sure it would fit in the budget, if it does get one. OCZ is probably the fastest although they are a bit more expensive.

Why a 200 dollar mobo? because all the cheapers ones weren't as good, with the exception of one which was a micro atx motherboard if that doesn't bother you I can post a link.

Why 8gbs of ram, because it may come in handy with three monitors.

Why only 850w? Because that is what the system requires, arguable a 750w would be enough although I would never recommend it.

If price is an issue, go with two 6950s. I would recommend a phenom, but I see you said sandy bridge build.

Final note as for the 6970 the twin frozr III is probably the best model, but it is one of the more expensive ones so if you can afford it with the 2500k that is the model I would recommend.
Edited by Gordon Freechmen - 5/13/11 at 4:20pm
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Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
dvd Antec Kuhler 620 Windows 7 64 bit Achieva Shimian QH270 
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Samgsung BX2231 Quickfire TK cosair 650TX NZXT Switch 810 
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Why do you want the CM scout case?
It's a good case but there are far superior cases out in the market nowadays.
The scout is only a mid-tower size case and you're not going to enjoy trying to fit larger graphic cards in there (esp if you're going to SLI/CF).

Anyways, here's my build and a few suggestions for a different case.

Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme4 $200
CPU + RAM combo: i5-2500K + Ripjaws X 8GB 1600 $320
CPU cooler: Corsair H70 $105 OR NH-D14 $90
GPU: EVGA GTX 460 2Win $400
PSU: Corsair HX750 $125
SSD: Crucial C300 64GB $140
HDD: Samsung F3 1TB $65
ODD: Asus Black $20

Total: $1400ish without the case

Now, for the case, all of these are some solid options:

- NZXT Phantom
- HAF X
- Silverstone RV02
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Crucial C300 | Samsung F3 Windows Ultimate x64 Samsung SyncMaster 2343BWX Das Keyboard Professional 
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