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Here is the build as it stands. Just need to purchase case, motherboard, and ram.

Here's what i have so far....
CPU: 2500k-PURCHASED
Case: NZXT Vulcan
Mobo: ASUS m-pro-Purchased
GPU: 4870x2-Purchased (temporary until something new comes about)
HDD: 300GB Raptor-PURCHASED
RAM: G Skill Ripjaw X 1866Mhz 2x2GB kit-Purchased
PSU: SilverStone 750watt-Purchased
Optical Drive: LG Blu Ray burner-Purchased
Edited by RAFFY - 1/14/11 at 7:24pm
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GPU: 6950 unlocked to 6970. Best value out there at the moment.
HDD: SSD boot and 2TB WD Black. The raptor isn't really worth the money for the small performance increase. Or take the money you would spend on a raptor and get a larger SSD.
RAM: G.Skill 4gb CAS 6
PSU: Seasonic 650W Gold
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i5-750 is 200 bucks... I mean, you could go 1155 for the same price. There's no reason not to, right?
    
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how much is your budget? we won't be able to help much if we dont know how much you can spend on it. and, i would recommend a sandy bridge i5. It's very close to the same price and is a good deal faster.
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i5-750 is 200 bucks... I mean, you could go 1155 for the same price. There's no reason not to, right?
That was the original plan but I don't like any of the micro atx boards available at the moment. But hey prove me wrong that's why i like posting these threads for peoples input, knowledge and experience.

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how much is your budget? we won't be able to help much if we dont know how much you can spend on it. and, i would recommend a sandy bridge i5. It's very close to the same price and is a good deal faster.
My budget is $800-1100

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Originally Posted by groundzero9 View Post
GPU: 6950 unlocked to 6970. Best value out there at the moment.
HDD: SSD boot and 2TB WD Black. The raptor isn't really worth the money for the small performance increase. Or take the money you would spend on a raptor and get a larger SSD.
RAM: G.Skill 4gb CAS 6
PSU: Seasonic 650W Gold

Which 6950 do I purchase to unlock them?
Edited by RAFFY - 1/9/11 at 6:03pm
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The idea: First off, I'm a broke college kid so I'm all for saving money without sacrificing performance and quality. Second build must stay micro atx. Please don't recommend 1366 socket I don't want to spend an extra $100 on the CPU. As far as GPU I'll go red or green tide doesn't matter to me. For hard drives I was looking at probably getting a SSD(boot), 300GB Raptor(games), 2TB(storage/school). Games i play are FPS so COD, CSS, BF, Duke Nukem, and Diablo III. Well that's basically it thanks for the help.

Here's what i have so far....
CPU: i5 750
Case: Antec Mini P180
Mobo: ASUS Rampage Gene III Micro ATX
GPU: ?
HDD: ?
RAM: ?
PSU: ?
Optical Drive: ? thinking blu ray plextor drive
The Mini P180 is hardly mATX. It's about as big as some Mid Tower ATX cases. If you want a real mATX case you should check out the Elite 341, or some Silver Stone cases.

And you do realize the Rampage III GENE is a 1366 socket, right? You want the Maximus III GENE.
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post #7 of 33
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That was the original plan but I don't like any of the micro atx boards available at the moment. But hey prove me wrong that's why i like posting these threads for peoples input, knowledge and experience.
Well, ASUS is the only company with mATX P67 boards as far as I know. I'd have rather seen one from EVGA or something, but I'll be getting the ASUS P8P67-M Pro. It's not the most attractive board as far as the PCB and sinks go, but it should get the job done just fine.
    
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post #8 of 33
how about a NZXT Vulcan for mATX case?
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Well, ASUS is the only company with mATX P67 boards as far as I know. I'd have rather seen one from EVGA or something, but I'll be getting the ASUS P8P67-M Pro. It's not the most attractive board as far as the PCB and sinks go, but it should get the job done just fine.
Gigabyte has some mATX boards but the ASUS one has some nice features to it that I enjoy. The PCI-E slots on the ASUS rock. It can operate as x16/x0, x16/x1, or x8/x8. I like that because you can use the second lane for a PCI-E x1 card. And of course the last PCI-E slot is x4.

Unfortunately it doesn't have enough phases for my liking, and I hear it lacks any real OC features that are worth it.

I'm sure the Maximus IV GENE will be the best mATX board when it comes out, if it comes out.


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how about a NZXT Vulcan for mATX case?

Great choice for expandability and airflow. I'd pick this over the Mini P180 any day.
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post #10 of 33
You're willing to waste spend money on an SSD and a VelociRaptor yet you won't prioritize a good CPU?
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