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I only need the internal components, I have everything else including a case. I planned this build awhile ago when Spinpoint F3s were $50 each. I am now thinking of trying to squeeze as big of an SSD as I can into the budget and use that until HDD prices drop then add a couple Spinpoints for storage. I also would prefer a modular PSU. (Doesn't have to be fully modular.)

This is what I am thinking:

Crucial M4 128GB: $208 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442
Asrock Extreme 4: $150 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265
HD 6950 TF3 2GB: $300 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127575
Corsair HX650: $120 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139012
Core i5 2500k: $220 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
G. Skill Ripjaws X 8GB: $30 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

All this comp needs to do is max games at 1920x1080 resolution for a year or two to come and I'll be happy.

Suggestions please!
Edited by Nickzorz91 - 12/14/11 at 12:11pm
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post #2 of 36
Looks great. Though this would be a better motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157253
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post #3 of 36
Looks like a great build to me. If you want a modular psu I would look into either the HX or AX models from Corsair. As far as the ssd goes, its up to your budget, but I would go with a 128gb probably personally. Almost $400 for one drive is pretty steep and they are always improving them.
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I'd recommend going with the MSI Twin Frozr II/III 6950 instead. Superior cooling and 2gb VRam for future proofing. It costs just a little bit more but it would be worth it. Also I highly recommend an Asus Gen III MoBo or an AsRock. But overall, a good build. If the added cost is a problem, I'd recommend a smaller SSD like a 128gb to save on cost thumb.gif
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Any other comments on the Asrock Fatal1ty vs the TP67XE?

Edit: Budget possibly just increased to $1300ish so I will update my OP with a new mobo and video card.
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post #6 of 36
If you're going to overclock, use the P8P67 V by ASUS or the Extreme 3 Gen 3 by ASRock. That Biostar isn't going to do well.

Get a smaller SSD. That is way too much. 128 GB is enough. Save that money for a Twin Frozr II or III 6950
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Ok, 128GB SSD.. 6950 TF3 for $300 or XFX 6970 for $330? 299 after rebate
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post #8 of 36
Go TFIII if you think you may want to try to unlock it to a 6970 shaders. If not the TFII has the better cooling. Also some people have some really good luck with the XFX and some people hate it. General consensus is that MSI is a safe bet.
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post #9 of 36
I've read not to go xfx, I just bought the Sapphire 6970 after being told to check it out and the MSI lightning 6970 if you have the money! IMO buy one of the 6970s and waitin for the 79xx to go crossfire or trying to sell the card and buying 79xx if it's good, but I don't know that much about AMD as my first card should be coming in today o.O
I personally don't see why you shouldn't spend $20-40 more to get a 70 instead of trying to unlock the performance of a 6950?
post #10 of 36
I'm waiting for LAKingsFan to come in here and spew his information on the Sapphire 6950 rolleyes.gif . Sapphire 6950 Toxic Edition has the highest unlock rate just doing the flip of a switch and decent cooling. They always seem to be sold out though, so keep that in mind.
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