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While I would love to increase the power supplies & double up on the graphic cards, I only have a budget of $3000 for 2 machines, not 1. Also I have to budget for taxes & shipping within that total so that just adds in more fun to make both rigs best bang for buck.

Since there's issues with the Vertex 3 drives, my question then becomes is the Solid 3 drives affected due to having the same controller or no?
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post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by xlilmissmjx View Post
While I would love to increase the power supplies & double up on the graphic cards, I only have a budget of $3000 for 2 machines, not 1. Also I have to budget for taxes & shipping within that total so that just adds in more fun to make both rigs best bang for buck.

Since there's issues with the Vertex 3 drives, my question then becomes is the Solid 3 drives affected due to having the same controller or no?
You should have made that more clear in the OP. So are you looking for identical rigs (i.e. order 2x of everything)?
post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by nekromantik View Post
u mean i5 2500k
Yes sir. I apologize for my typo. They came out so close to each other, I often tend to lump them in as both i7s
-Fixed
As per the double up OP, you could consider the thermaltake element g w/ 850 W power supply. It would run you approximately the same as the case + psu you're looking at now. Then get one 560 per rig, and wait and sli when you can. The element g also has enough room for the hyper 212+ *cough*
Edited by yaywafflez - 8/13/11 at 9:03am
post #14 of 24
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Sorry if I didn't make it that clear in the 1st post, but pretty much everyone else was on the right page with it anyway. So just to clarify, I want 2 rigs built with same parts. I'll edit my OP to clarify it there as well. Thanks
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post #15 of 24
For an SSD to fit in your budget, I would say look at the 64gb Crucial M4. Very reliable and stable and great bang for the buck.

Stick with i5-2500k's for each build.

The 560 gtx ti should be fine for the games you want to play (though don't get frustrated when you can't max out anti-aliasing ).

Why the Creative Labs SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium HD? I'm confident that this thing is a piece of junk now-a-days. I was going to get it with my new build but decided to just get this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132020 . The reviews have been positive for it as a lot of people (and websites) saying they are getting better sound quality than the more expensive sound cards. For 30$, if you need a sound card, I would go with that to save money.

As for hard-drives, if you go the SSD route then I might suggest getting one of the Samsung F4 eco drives for storage. While they run at 5400rpm, they have multiple platters which reduces seek time etc. At 80$ for 2tb, it's a steal.
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post #16 of 24
HAF 922 or Antec 900 also in perspective?
Definitely an SSD /w a Caviar Black is going to be an awesome combo.
Could drop a few bucks and go with OCZ Freeze.
Corsair H50 are usually 40 bucks on sale.
Hyper 212+ is approx 20 bucks on sale.

Sounds good overall though.
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post #17 of 24
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CM HAF's & Antec aren't to our tastes & don't offer front usb3.0 with internal motherboard connectors so it rules them out for having them as long term cases.

I'm concerned that 60GB for an SSD is quite small, so its why I'm hoping to get a 120GB if it's possible, otherwise I'll drop it and stay with a HDD for now and either get the V6GT & sound card or another HDD for storage to complement the 1st HDD.
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post #19 of 24
If you want front USB 3.0, scratch what I said about the element g. Also, you might want to hold off on the solid state and sound cards. Most motherboards currently have pretty good sound onboard and it'll help save a few bucks. If you would be willing to pull back to 750 GB hard drives, you can get 2 (per rig) Sata III WD for around 65 per drive. This is what me rig currently runs.
Edited by yaywafflez - 8/13/11 at 9:41am
post #20 of 24
As for the SSD since you got a Z68 board you can use it inconjunction with the Caviar Black. SSD Caching lets you use the 60GB SSD for a Cache while not having the space worries since you got the 1TB Caviar Black
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