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Hey OC`ers, been saving up for a little to build a new PC. Budget is ~$1500 and I already have a case (NZXT Phantom), monitor (24" AOC 1920x1080), and working on obtaining a Windows 7 copy. Not looking to overclock or game with multiple monitors. Main priorities are gaming, music, and general web surfing in that order. Saw a recommendation of two Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 in crossfire for my budget type? Any suggestions??
Edited by sqrh3ad - 8/5/11 at 10:33pm
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I created a public wishlist for your PC build on Newegg, but it won't appear until later. (Within 24 hours.) Since the wishlist isn't viewable yet, I'll upload some screenshots.




This is sort of a budget build, everything might not color match/coordinate, or look good to you. You have about $150 of leeway left, so either you can make some changes or I'll help you/make them for you.

Examples:
We can make mostly everything black/blue to match.
We can get you a case with a side window to show off your internals/ get a bigger case.
We can spend more on a HSF & overclock your i5-2500k to your heart's content.

Other Notes: If you have a Microcenter near you, pick up a 2500K there for $179.99 + tax. If you like any of the motherboards they offer, you get $40 off any compatible mtoherboard due to the 2500K purchase.

Store your Windows 7 on the SSD for extremely fast load times. You can also store a game or two on there,/ your most used programs, etc.

You don't have any intentions of overclocking, but I still suggest a quality aftermarket HSF. I'm pretty sure you'll want to overclock later on, since this IS Overclock.net. I'm not sure whether or not you want or Blu-Ray burner/drive or just a regular DVD burner/drive.
Edited by N7-OC - 8/6/11 at 12:44am
 
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i5-2500K [4.5 GHz, 1.35 V) MSI P67A-GD55 EVGA GTX 570 [2x4 GB] G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM ASUS DRW-24B1ST CD/DVD Burner Xigmatek SD1283 Gaia Windows 7 Home Premium 64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung P2370HD Microsoft Sidewinder X4 PC Power & Cooling 750W Silencer Quad NZXT Phantom [White] 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Cooler Master Storm Spawn Steelseries QcK+ Klipsch Promedia 2.1's 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i5-2430m [2.4 GHz] GT 540M [1GB DDR3 VRAM] 4GB [2x2GB] DDR3-1033 500GB, 5400RPM 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K [4.5 GHz, 1.35 V) MSI P67A-GD55 EVGA GTX 570 [2x4 GB] G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM ASUS DRW-24B1ST CD/DVD Burner Xigmatek SD1283 Gaia Windows 7 Home Premium 64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung P2370HD Microsoft Sidewinder X4 PC Power & Cooling 750W Silencer Quad NZXT Phantom [White] 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Cooler Master Storm Spawn Steelseries QcK+ Klipsch Promedia 2.1's 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i5-2430m [2.4 GHz] GT 540M [1GB DDR3 VRAM] 4GB [2x2GB] DDR3-1033 500GB, 5400RPM 
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I5 2500k with Asus board.
One 6950 flashable to 6970. Which I have for sale if needed. :-))

128 gb crucial 300 SSd
2 1tb samsung hard drives or 2 wd black. Set in raid for backup and storage
Good sound card Asus or creative fatality
Gskill 1.5v or vengeance are pretty good rated for 2500 chips
If sticking to water go with a cheap h series CPU cooler by corsiar
If you plan on full water. Well specify that before going any further.

Maybe a fan controller. Always nice.

Just a few thoughts. Read reviews and explore oc threads. Mass amounts of good info.

Good luck!
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i5 2500K P67 Asus Sabertooth 6970 x 2 8 GB Corsair Vengeance 
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Corsiar HX 1050 CaseLabs M8 
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post #4 of 9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by N7-OC View Post
I created a public wishlist for your PC build on Newegg, but it won't appear until later. (Within 24 hours.) Since the wishlist isn't viewable yet, I'll upload some screenshots.




This is sort of a budget build, everything might not color match/coordinate, or look good to you. You have about $150 of leeway left, so either you can make some changes or I'll help you/make them for you.

Examples:
We can make mostly everything black/blue to match.
We can get you a case with a side window to show off your internals/ get a bigger case.
We can spend more on a HSF & overclock your i5-2500k to your heart's content.

Other Notes: If you have a Microcenter near you, pick up a 2500K there for $179.99 + tax. If you like any of the motherboards they offer, you get $40 off any compatible mtoherboard due to the 2500K purchase.

Store your Windows 7 on the SSD for extremely fast load times. You can also store a game or two on there,/ your most used programs, etc.

You don't have any intentions of overclocking, but I still suggest a quality aftermarket HSF. I'm pretty sure you'll want to overclock later on, since this IS Overclock.net. I'm not sure whether or not you want or Blu-Ray burner/drive or just a regular DVD burner/drive.

Thanks guys!
@ N7 Unfortunately I don't have a Microcenter near me (California). Was looking at some of the same parts you listed and just a regular optical drive will be fine. It would be nice to also color match the parts like you were mentioning, which brings me to my next point. I already have a case, NZXT Phantom (white) which I know I could possibly mod for a side window to show off the parts. Also on the budget build you recommended a 560ti, but do you recommend that since I won't be needing a new case that the GPU could be upgraded. I was reading that a couple of 6870's in xfire would blow the 560ti away. Also noticed that the Corsaid PSU wasn't modular. I know the Phantom is HUGE and hides cables real well so do you think the PSU would be an issue cable wise? Thanks again for all the help!

Edit: Just saw it was TWO 560ti's. Hahaha that sounds better
Edited by sqrh3ad - 8/6/11 at 9:30am
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It won't be too big of a problem to hide the cables of a non modular PSU, but let's see what we can do here. A modular PSU with the grommeted cable management holes in your Phantom would look very sleek. Let's also try to color match for maximum awesome. First off, let's calculate how many watts you need. 2 x 560 Ti= 650W +25W per card = 50, if you are overclocking them a lot.(voltage tweaking) i5-2500K -25. So, there's two possibilities here. If you don't voltage tweak your video cards, you'll only need 625W. If you do voltage tweak your video cards, you'll need 675W. I'm getting these numbers from our resident PSU guru, Phaedrus.
http://www.overclock.net/power-suppl...alculator.html

This is a light-blue, modular 650W Corsair PSU which would suit you fine if you don't tweak voltages on your video cards: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139012
$119.99, $5.99 shipping.

Or

If you are going to tweak voltages on your graphics card for maximum performance, this is a black 750W Enermax PSU. A bit overkill, but the PSU is priced well, and by priced well I mean that it costs exactly the same as the 650W Corsair. If you purchase this PSU, you get 100W more for the same price, not bad.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817194086
$119.99, $5.99 shipping.

Both of the suggested PSU's are on the Recommended PSU's list made by OCN's own Tator Tot. http://www.overclock.net/power-suppl...-supplies.html
You don't HAVE to get a PSU from here, as there are some quality PSU's that aren't listed. The recommended PSU list is more of a guide, as in Corsair makes good stuff, as does Antec, Enermax, & even Newegg's in-house brand, Rosewill. Surprising, isn't it? Of course, even the good brands have bad products, sometimes. Which is why it's up to us (the consumer) to research before we buy. Knowledge is power, & knowing's half the battle!

Blue Corsair RAM, also low profile to guarantee that it'd fit under any monstrous heatsink/fan.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820233196
$64.99, free shipping.

Blue ASUS P67 SLI motherboard. This is a quality board that has everything you need. There's other more expensive boards out there, but those are usually Tri-SLI/Crossfire. Two GTX 560 Ti's should be enough for ANYTHING, especially if overclocked. If not, then may the maker have mercy upon thee.
[http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131771
$169.99, $7.87 shipping. (+$10.00 more than the Vanilla version that supports only CROSSFIRE) The PRO & up supports both SLI AND Crossfire. Sorry, a very, very, stupid mistake/oversight on my part. I usually never make such errors. I pride myself on giving accurate, courteous help, & I ended up giving you the wrong mobo at first. Also, sorry for the PM spam, the messages weren't going through for some reason.

Wait, you live in Cali right? if so, I think you have to pay taxes on your Newegg purchases, which REALLY sucks. The taxes are going to drive our budget a little overboard.

BTW, the Phantom is a sweet case, and yes it is huge.. it dwarfs my old Antec 900 by a (pardon the pun) large margin.

Anyways this is what I tell every Phantom owner to do, go here: http://www.nzxt.com/new/support.php
From the drop down boxes select: Series = Crafted, Model = Phantom, Subject = Replacement Parts. You know the rest, make sure to fill those in. For the inquiry box, tell them that you've bought a Phantom & would like the additional fans sent to you. You'll receive an e-mail reply from NZXT, telling you to provide them a copy of your Phantom invoice. Once you provide them with the invoice, you'll get the 3 missing fans. Heh, that's why they call it the "Phantom", right? Anyways, you'll eventually get the fans after a week.. or two.. it's slow, but hey, you can't beat free, right?

A side window mod to show off your Phantom's internals would be great, but I'm not sure how the 200mm/230mm side panel fan would come into play. That 200mm fan provides some much needed airflow to your graphics card(s)/motherboard.

Oh yeah, don't forget that we'll be needing some thermal paste for the HSF. Just grab some AS5 (Arctic Silver 5) or Arctic Cooling MX-2 from Petra's tech or Sidewindercomputers(cheaper than Newegg by a buck or two) & call it a day.

I hope I've helped. Oh & remember, the goal here at OCN is to make you feel better about that hole in your wallet.
Edited by N7-OC - 8/7/11 at 12:05pm
 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K [4.5 GHz, 1.35 V) MSI P67A-GD55 EVGA GTX 570 [2x4 GB] G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM ASUS DRW-24B1ST CD/DVD Burner Xigmatek SD1283 Gaia Windows 7 Home Premium 64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung P2370HD Microsoft Sidewinder X4 PC Power & Cooling 750W Silencer Quad NZXT Phantom [White] 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Cooler Master Storm Spawn Steelseries QcK+ Klipsch Promedia 2.1's 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i5-2430m [2.4 GHz] GT 540M [1GB DDR3 VRAM] 4GB [2x2GB] DDR3-1033 500GB, 5400RPM 
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8X DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit 15.6" [1366x768] 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K [4.5 GHz, 1.35 V) MSI P67A-GD55 EVGA GTX 570 [2x4 GB] G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM ASUS DRW-24B1ST CD/DVD Burner Xigmatek SD1283 Gaia Windows 7 Home Premium 64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung P2370HD Microsoft Sidewinder X4 PC Power & Cooling 750W Silencer Quad NZXT Phantom [White] 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Cooler Master Storm Spawn Steelseries QcK+ Klipsch Promedia 2.1's 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i5-2430m [2.4 GHz] GT 540M [1GB DDR3 VRAM] 4GB [2x2GB] DDR3-1033 500GB, 5400RPM 
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i'm not gonna spam so much..

i5 2500k
8GB CORSAIR 1600MHZ
asus gtx 560ti sli
corsair 750hx

and coolers case you decide
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Okay well so far these are the guts:

Intel i5-2500k $220.00
Asus P8P67 Mobo $160
EVGA DS Superclocked GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) x2 $520
Corsair HX650 650W $120
Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600 $65
Cooler Master Hyper 212 $28
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $60
Crucial M4 2.5" 64GB SSD $120
Asus DVD burner OEM $21

After shipping and taxes (yes, ugh cali) the total is a little over $1400 which is in my budget. Also since I'll be using this for music do you suggest a sound card? I read that even a cheap 1.5 sound card is a lot better than the onboard sound. Will be using just some cheap Dayton bookshelf speakers along with an amp. Any suggestions and or final tweaks to the above parts?

Also will not be overclocking the cards, possibly only the CPU. Had no idea about the NZXT fans, thanks! Kudos for matching the parts for me too, N7! APPRECIATE ALL THE HELP!
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Bumpity for the late night crew.
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Sorry sqrh3ad, I fell asleep. I don't know much about Sound cards. I do know that 5.1= 5 speakers, 1 subwoofer & 7.1 = 7 speakers, 1 subwoofer, & that dedicated sound is better than integrated. This SIIG unit supports 5.1 audio, is $50 bucks & seems to be of a quality build.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...scrollFullInfo
$49.99, $0.99 shipping.

Otherwise, there's this 7.1 Vantec for about $20 less than the price of the SIIG, if you calculate shipping in to the price.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829956001
$22.99, $6.99 shipping.

I think I'm going to pick up the same board as you from Microcenter, should be $119.99 before taxes. After that, I'd only need a HDD & some thermal paste.
Edited by N7-OC - 8/6/11 at 11:22pm
 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K [4.5 GHz, 1.35 V) MSI P67A-GD55 EVGA GTX 570 [2x4 GB] G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM ASUS DRW-24B1ST CD/DVD Burner Xigmatek SD1283 Gaia Windows 7 Home Premium 64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung P2370HD Microsoft Sidewinder X4 PC Power & Cooling 750W Silencer Quad NZXT Phantom [White] 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Cooler Master Storm Spawn Steelseries QcK+ Klipsch Promedia 2.1's 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i5-2430m [2.4 GHz] GT 540M [1GB DDR3 VRAM] 4GB [2x2GB] DDR3-1033 500GB, 5400RPM 
Optical DriveOSMonitor
8X DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit 15.6" [1366x768] 
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i5-2500K [4.5 GHz, 1.35 V) MSI P67A-GD55 EVGA GTX 570 [2x4 GB] G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM ASUS DRW-24B1ST CD/DVD Burner Xigmatek SD1283 Gaia Windows 7 Home Premium 64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung P2370HD Microsoft Sidewinder X4 PC Power & Cooling 750W Silencer Quad NZXT Phantom [White] 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Cooler Master Storm Spawn Steelseries QcK+ Klipsch Promedia 2.1's 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i5-2430m [2.4 GHz] GT 540M [1GB DDR3 VRAM] 4GB [2x2GB] DDR3-1033 500GB, 5400RPM 
Optical DriveOSMonitor
8X DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit 15.6" [1366x768] 
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