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I'm on a $1000 budget (+/- $200) and really trying to save as much as possible but at the same time I'm willing to pay if it means saving in the future. I'm new to all of this so I'm not sure how much power or cooling I need (MAIN concerns). I have a friend who can help put all the parts together and organize the cabling, etc. This will be primarily used for gaming and basic functions (no need for video encoding, image editing, etc).

I'm starting from absolute scratch and the only thing that I will be using is a Asus 26" VM266H (1900x1200).

1. $325 - Processor + Mobo combo
i5-2500k + Asus P8P67 PRO bundle (Microcenter)

2. $100 - Case
Refurb HAF 932

3. $215 - GFX Card
EVGA Nvidia 560 Ti Superclocked

4. $100 - PSU Supply
Corsair 650HX

5. $50 - Ram
4GB (2x2gb) G.Skill Ripjaw X

6. $60 - HDD
Samsung F3

7. $20 DVD drive

Total: $870

Now this just leaves out a few smaller items which I'm not certain about yet. First is the cooling, I was thinking of either CM 212+ (how many would I need for this rig? Is one sufficient?) Or possibly a Noctua NH-D14. What I can't figure out is why is there such a huge price difference between the two? I live on the top floor of a hot area, so sufficient cooling is required.

Aside from that, any other areas I can improve in? Specifically curious about whether or not there would be a better choice for GFX card. Any help is appreciated . I want to shave off as much as I can and put money towards an SSD and other upgrades (mouse, keyboard, etc).

Edit: I will be doing OC'ing but nothing extreme.
Edited by fstop - 7/18/11 at 1:39am
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Basically it's the quality of the manufacturing and how much it can cool your CPU.

TBH for a modest overclock of around 4.5Ghz max you could be fine with the CM 212+. You'll also only need one.

The 560ti is the best bang for buck card out there. So tbh, i'd leave it with that.

You've actually done a nice job, I would however try to get 2x4GB for your memory, but that's just personal preference.

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I would actually get a 6950 2gb because of higher video ram and get at least 750w psu if u plan on adding a second card later on.
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Thanks for the quick response!

Yeah, 4.0-4.5ghz was the range I was planning to OC to. Never been one to push my luck I don't mess around with OC too much. I can buy the CM 212+ with the HAF 932 and that sounds like a really good deal, I think I'll go with it.

I'm debating whether or not I need the extra 4gb of ram... it would be an extra $30 which isn't so bad so I'll keep thinking about it for now .
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to tell the truth 4 GB will be enough... one suggestion- if you will buy the CM 212+, buy 2 fans of Nocuta and put them instead the original one. it will do much better for the CPU especial if you are OC.

you assembled a nice rig , good luck.
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Thanks for the quick response!

Yeah, 4.0-4.5ghz was the range I was planning to OC to. Never been one to push my luck I don't mess around with OC too much. I can buy the CM 212+ with the HAF 932 and that sounds like a really good deal, I think I'll go with it.

I'm debating whether or not I need the extra 4gb of ram... it would be an extra $30 which isn't so bad so I'll keep thinking about it for now .
Yeah 4Gb is enough don't get me wrong, but windows 7 64bit can utilise more. I'm not saying you'll need or use it, it's a just in case.

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In the case of using a 1900x1200 monitor, would it be a better choice to go with a 6950 2gb over a 560ti 1gb?

And also I was under the impression that 650W PSU would be SLi/crossfire ready when the time came (probably some time in the next year). Do I need a 750W PSU for such a setup?
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Not really,

A good quality 650w psu will be good for up to a 6950 xfire setup or a GTX570 setup, anything more than that will be pushing it a bit.

Also go here http://www.anandtech.com/bench/GPU11 and you can select a comparison of the two.

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