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The monitor is not that brilliant but getting a higher resolution IPS right now would carv your budget pretty badly and prices are still dropping so I suggest you leave it for later on.

The 2500K is the best gaming CPU at the moment along side the 2600K, but the I5 offers a lot more value and it's what I'd suggest too.

The Corsair cases aren't really worth their prices, for the money you can get a full aluminum tower from Lian-Li or Silverstone. Personally I'd go for the Lian-Li A77F or Z60 or a Silverstone Fortress Two(FT02), and I suggest you take a look at those before you pick.

The Crucial M4 is the best SSD choice for reliability reasons mostly, combined with excellent performance, you don't need the one with the mounting kit, get the standard 128Gb drive and save some money.
I'll provide you with some links to SSD installation and optimization guides later.

The HX750 is a very solid PSU but doesn't offer any value at that price, there are many better options to look at.

VGA wise, normally I'd suggest one of the top GTX 580s but your budget allows for a solid 6970 CFX setup so check below for some suggestions;)

Mobo: MSI Z68A-GD55 (G3) @ 155$, excellent value at that price, solid VRM, excellent BIOS, PCIe 3.0 ready, and pretty much one of the best options for dual VGA gaming rigs.
PSU: LEPA G700 @ 100$ after rebate, high end unit(Enermax Modu 87+) that rebated offers insane value.
VGA: 2x Sapphire 6950 Toxic @ 270$ after rebate, the best 6950 on the market, custom PCB solution with excellent VRM, has a 6970 switch which means you don't need to unlock anything(essentially buying a custom 6970 for very little money), value wise is the best high end card on the market.
RAM: Patriot G series ‘Sector 5’ 8Gb/1600Mhz @ 40$ after rebate, excellent value again and very solid kit, it will do 1866 with a slight voltage bump.
Cooler: Scyther Mugen3 @ 50$, it will allow for overclocks in excess of 4.5Ghz on the 2500K, it's not on par with monsters like the NH-D14, Silver Arrow, Archon, SuperMega or Megahalems but it costs sensibly less and unless you want 5Ghz clocks for daily use it will be plenty;)

^this is more or less the absolute best you can do inside a ~1.4K budget, keep the rest for a Dell UltraSharp 27" for with those graphic cards you'll need it;)
Edited by Original Sin - 10/18/11 at 5:00pm
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by GENO'S View Post
You all are awesome, thanks for the fast reply.

my HP is;
Windows 7 64bit
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700
Asus - IPIBL-LB (Benicia) socket: 775 MOBO
6 G-Memory , DDR2 PC2-6400
350W power supply
750 GB hd 7200 RPM

I budgeted for $3-400.00 for the 2 upgrades.

But, I can squeeze $1600.00 for the build right now!

I know it crazy to ask this much, If any one has a good gaming rig-build for $1600.00, please give your build opinions, or should I save more.

I do like the Corsair Cases! Mobo, GPU, PSU, and others, well what ever is the top ones, I do like the intel core's i5 and i7.

Last question, is it wise to get an SSD for the OS and games and HD 7200 for video, pictures and files?

thanks so much all of you!

Michael in San Antonio
With that budget this is what I would get:

cpu: i5-2500k
cpu cooler: Antec 920 or Corsair H100/H80 or Noctua NH-D14
Mobo: ~$150 mobo - best with combo deal with the cpu at newegg.com
Ram: 8 gb of G.Skill or Corsair Vengeance 1600 mhz ram
gpu: GTX 580
PSU: 850 watt psu
SSD: Crucial m4 or Corsair GT Force 60 gb
HDD: Samsung F3 1 tb
Case: Corsair 650D

CPU/Mobo combo i would get this only $350 after $20 rebate:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.738257

PSU i would choose this one if you don't mind non-modular:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371050

if modular is a must:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139011

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139029

This GTX 580, excellent Overclocker and free Batman game!:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127567

Why i recommend one GTX 580 is with that budget why get two mid level cards when you can get the best single card gpu on the market right now, and have room to expand when you need to with SLI. With a 850 watt psu it can handle SLI GTX 580 in the future.

SSD is a must, those two I suggested are pretty good ones.

All these on newegg.com comes to less than $1500 before rebates!!!
Edited by mcc21 - 10/18/11 at 10:48pm
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Samsung 840 120 gb SSD Samsung Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Ultimate 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 120 gb SSD Samsung Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Ultimate 
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Samsung SyncMaster S27A850D  CM Storm Quick Fire  Corsair AX850 Fractal Design Define R4 
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Steelseries Sensei Creative T20 
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