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You found some nice prices. I'd replace PSU and Motherboard ($230 z68 necessary?) but overall nice finds and prices.
I don't really know much about motherboards. Also regarding the one build that was posted in an image...how did you bundle the case & psu and the motherboard & ram on newegg?
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I don't really know much about motherboards. Also regarding the one build that was posted in an image...how did you bundle the case & psu and the motherboard & ram on newegg?
To bundle items on newegg, go to the first item you want and scroll down a little until you see something about combos and click "view all combos" or "view more." That will show you all the potential combos, I usually look through them to see if there are any good savings combining parts I'm considering.

As for a motherboard, which one you want to get depends on the features you want as well as if you want to overclock (and to what extent). The Biostar board I included is a solid mid-range board at a good price point. It should be a decent overclocker if you wish to overclock and has a pretty good feature set. The ASUS P8P67 Pro mentioned earlier is a well regarded board and definitely recommended, but is at a higher price point. I think the Biostar should suit your needs.

Here is a thread offering a quick comparison of available boards: http://www.overclock.net/intel-mothe...therboard.html

Many of the motherboards looked at there are higher-end boards, but you can see the Biostar TP67XE performs respectably as an overclocker for its price point and offers some good features.

As for power supplies, this site has some great information on power supplies in the power supply forum. There's a great guide to finding out just how much wattage you need from your power supply as well as a list of recommended power supplies in each wattage range. You usually can't go wrong with a Corsair (especially the professional/enthusiast series) and they will last you. I recommend reading some of the stickied threads in that forum as the PSU is perhaps the most important component you're going to purchase as if it fails, it can sometimes take your other components with it.
Edited by tcobb51 - 8/9/11 at 10:49am
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alright, with the help i've gotten this is the build i've come up with so far. opinions/recommendations? also just want to make sure all the parts work together. thanks

Edit: Forgot to include a different heatsink
Edit 2: gonna try to get the optical drive out of my old build

Edited by Snooze - 8/10/11 at 6:53am
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noctua d14 best air cooler out there
best budget would be CM Hyper 212+
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noctua d14 best air cooler out there
best budget would be CM Hyper 212+
That CM Hyper 212+ air cooler was the one I was going to go with
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The build looks pretty solid. One I thing I might change is the RAM. It is 1333 Mhz and you can get 1600 Mhz (or higher) at a similar price point. I found this combo with your processor for some corsair 1866 memory which would be roughly the same price after combo discount and you get RAM with a higher clock.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.694928

Here is a combo that combines the case you chose and the newer version (V2) of the power supply you selected to save some money. You can bundle most corsair products on newegg to save a little money.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.703125

The GPU you selected is certainly a good choice, but I'll point you to this thread that compares current-gen GPU performance: http://www.overclock.net/graphics-ca...time-last.html

It shows that the 6870 and GTX560 are roughly on par with each other, with the 6870 slightly outperforming the 560. With that said, Newegg currently has 6870's priced ~$20-$30 cheaper if you want to save a few bucks. If you feel more comfortable with Nvidia (and particularly EVGA's strong warranty), definitely go for it (I have always gone with EVGA myself). Otherwise, here is a combo that couples a 6870 with a 23.6" Acer monitor for some savings (~$30 less than the monitor/GPU you have, and some mail-in rebates).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.675378

I'll second the recommendation for the CM Hyper 212+ as a budget cooler.
Edited by tcobb51 - 8/10/11 at 8:00am
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post #17 of 31
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tcobb51,

Wow thank you for finding those combo/better deals, I really appreciate it. Here's an update of what I'm looking at for my build. Anything vital that I am missing besides the optical drive?

Also, any idea how long this system will last me? I plan on using it mostly for everyday browsing and video games (not graphically intensive games, however)
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The build looks good to me. I think you're getting a lot for your money considering a large chunk of the budget is a monitor. How long it will last you is really dependent upon your own standards. My current rig is ~5 years old and I'm still pleased with its performance, though I am considering building a new system in the next year or so. I still find its performance in the games I play, though not the most graphically intensive (Mass Effect 1/2, Shogun Total War, Starcraft II, etc.), to be satisfactory.

The good part about the parts you've chosen is that the case and power supply should be able to be carried over to another build in the future if you wish. You also have the option to crossfire HD6870's in the future if you decide you want to play more graphically intensive games, which would come at a modest price. Ivy bridge will also be released on the same CPU socket, so you should have options to upgrade your processor as well if you wish.
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post #19 of 31
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One quick question, I read through the Newegg reviews that the monitor I have selected does not have an HDMI option. Think that would make a large difference above VGA?
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It depends if you will use the HDMI connection. You will connect your video card to the monitor via DVI. It can be nice if you plan to use the monitor to also connect a PS3/XBOX/Laptop to it via HDMI.

If you'd like to get HDMI capability, here is another monitor combo'd with the same GPU for $20 more. However, it has free shipping whereas the other does not, so it's really ~$10 difference. But as said, you will still likely use the DVI connection to connect your video card to the monitor as long as you have speakers.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.675377
Edited by tcobb51 - 8/10/11 at 9:06am
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