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Note that in the picture it's the 500GB Spinpoint F3, but that's just because the 1 TB is out of stock. It'll be the 1 TB when it's in.

This should be a fun way to decide my next build. I'm planning on CF 6870 in the future, as well as a second Spinpoint F3 and probably an SSD boot drive.

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You could probably buy something Sandy Bridge-based.

But that's the top-end of the AMD platform, so more quality than that... I doubt it
   
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post #3 of 19
Looks good. Maybe save a few bucks on the case?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119233
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post #4 of 19
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I am looking for ways to save a little money, but I don't want to skimp on anything. I like the size of the HAF 922 over the 912, I was even thinking of going full tower. Can anyone recommend a good full tower at around the 922's price range? (That would give lower temps than the 922)

I'm also not sure if such an expensive PSU is necessary, but like I said, I don't want to skimp on anything. I have every intention of OC'ing this thing to the max and I know that the motherboard and psu in that build can take the abuse.

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You could probably buy something Sandy Bridge-based.

But that's the top-end of the AMD platform, so more quality than that... I doubt it
I was actually thinking about it, but from what I've seen the intel cpu's, motherboards, and good triple channel RAM are all more expensive. I'm really trying to stay at $1000. If someone can find me a Sandy Bridge build at that price that will beat this AMD, by all means help me out. I'm not hell-bent on AMD but for this price I'm pretty sure it's my safest bet.
Edited by Nickzorz91 - 12/20/10 at 11:25am
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post #5 of 19
You can save money by getting a 955 rather than the 965. The only difference is a higher stock clock. It's all Black Edition so it's all the same.

Edit: If you don't mind having Semi-Modular, you can get the corsair HX750 or the Antec TP750.
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post #6 of 19
How about this for the case?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-004-_-Product

Price is pretty fantastic after rebate plus the cooling is pretty nice. Depends on what cooler you're going with though. Heard large HSFs might have trouble with the side panel fan. Good price though... and yeah it's full tower btw.
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post #7 of 19
FWIW I think you should be looking at some different CPU cooling than the stock hsf.
post #8 of 19
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Oh absolutely, I don't plan on using the stock HSF. It's between the NH-D14 and the Silver Arrow (Possibly a H70). Also, good point, I'll drop it to a 955, I'll be OC'ing anyway.

Edit: I'll probably switch over to the Antec TP-750. This is a great PSU from what I hear so I shouldn't regret it.
Edited by Nickzorz91 - 12/20/10 at 11:59am
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post #9 of 19
Yes.

before you even get to a CPU cooler...

Antec 300 + fans for better cooling lower cost (if you can deal with something besides a full tower... This might not work with a larger ATI card though.. would have to check lengths... )
Cheaper motherboard... Likely Gigabyte AM3
Phenom X6 1075T
650 watt power supply
and another hard drive for raid0.

Could get a x4 955 instead and get a GTX 570... depends on what you need to do.

I would raise my budget and get a 6-core + 6900 series gpu and a decent quality case. Stick with a 650 watt seasonic or antec true power... pair of samsung drives and a mid priced gigabyte am3 motherboard.
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post #10 of 19
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I would rather spend less and get the 955, because this rig will be strictly for gaming. I hear the X6's are just as fast as the X4's for gaming, so I'd rather save some money.

I will check out the Antec 300, it's a definite possibility if it can fit a 5870 or 6870.

I did plan on adding a second Spinpoint F3 in raid 0, possibly even an OCZ Vertex 2 boot drive down the road.

And last, the motherboard. The Crosshair IV is probably overkill for me, but I just want to make sure I'm getting a quality motherboard that won't limit my OC. Can someone link one that is less expensive but is a great OCer? I want at least two x8 slots for future x-fire.
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