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Switch GPU to this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125348

The non-OC version has the CHiL chip voltage regulator which allows voltage changes in Afterburner/Trixx to get the card above 1ghz. The cooling system is 2nd to none in the 6850 range. This is the card to get, especially in a case with good airflow.

I would switch the Antec 1200 to something a little classier and with better cable management - was there any particular reason for this choice?

This case is brand new out and looks VERY good for its specs:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147094

The larger fans will move more air with less sound, and the cable management setup is WAY better than the Antec, not to mention the HDD bay system looks much nicer to work with.

Otherwise you could get this case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146067

Comes in Red, White or Black and you could spend the extra cash filling it with additional cooling fans.

Or there's always this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811139003

Finally, I would switch the WD Black for this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185

Twice the size and equal to greater speeds for $10 more (*which you saved on the GPU above).
Edited by willibj - 1/10/11 at 10:06am
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Updated Video Card and Power Supply per suggestions:

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
$19.99

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
$159.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$59.99

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
$189.99

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-650HX 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
$139.99

Kingston HyperX T1 Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 Desktop Memory Model KHX2133C9AD3T1K2/4GX
$104.99

ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard
$189.99

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
$224.99

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
$29.99

Subtotal: $1,089.91
Not a fan of the case (yuk) or the memory, but I digress.

This build is much better than your original.

The 6850 is a good card for a budget. I only say that because the CrossFireX scaling on them is pretty much awesome and you can always add a second card down the line. So good pick there.
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Other than personal preference, is there and advantage to the above cases versus the one I picked?

I kind of liked the look and the airflow seemed to be good enough

Have always had antects.
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Other than personal preference, is there and advantage to the above cases versus the one I picked?

I kind of liked the look and the airflow seemed to be good enough

Have always had antects.
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Other than personal preference, is there and advantage to the above cases versus the one I picked?

I kind of liked the look and the airflow seemed to be good enough

Have always had antects.
The Antec's seem to have "older" technology - 120mm fans that are typically louder whilst pushing less air than larger sized fans, less cable management features and less space behind the MB tray for ease of management, older and less effective HDD mounting system, etc etc.

I've heard this message around from a few different sources on here and further out, it's something I understand based on my limited experience to be correct and thus go with.

The 1200 is definitely "good enough" and perhaps this is personal taste mostly but I think you can do better for the money. You will be happy with the 1200 regardless, but should you come across one of the other options I have little doubt you will be somewhat disappointed with your choice.

Looking over all your choices, and then re-reading your OP I would suggest that you save some money on getting slightly lesser RAM and a slightly cheaper case to put towards a storage HDD. The Samsung F4 2TB 5400 rpm drives run cool, quiet, and have read/write speeds similar to that of the older WD Black drives (tested myself), just a slower latency and spin-up time (milliseconds difference). Otherwise the 7200rpm 1TB drives are lightning quick and provide ample storage space. Editing and storing photos can drastically and quickly take up space, you'll be pleased for having additional internal storage even if you run external storage/backup.
Edited by willibj - 1/10/11 at 2:28pm
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After looking at some more cases I changed my mind and decided to go with a NZX Phantom case in black.

As for the fans, it holds 7 total with 1 big side one, but I figure with that big CPU cooler it will probably NOT fit that fan. Instead of going with the non led stock ones, I figure I may as well grab 6 new fans for the price difference.

2x200mm XIGMATEK Cooling System XLF XLF-F2006 for the top (1 intake, 1 exhaust)
3x120mm XIGMATEK Cooling System XLF XLF-F1256 120mm, 2 side intake, 1 rear exhaust
and
1x140mm XIGMATEK Cooling System XLF XLF-F1454 140mm for the front intake

This should give me all the airflow in the world and fit my CPU cooler as well as having way better wire management.

The only thing I dislike is that there is no side panel window for the case. I wish there was a pre made clear side piece for it for there the extra 200mm fan is supposed to sit.

With every thing updated, this build is running me $1,085.81 shipped. Thats a little over 100 bucks under my original build and it appears to be way better all the way around.

Unless some people have some final advice, I will be ordering this set up tomorrow.
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After looking at some more cases I changed my mind and decided to go with a NZX Phantom case in black.

As for the fans, it holds 7 total with 1 big side one, but I figure with that big CPU cooler it will probably NOT fit that fan. Instead of going with the non led stock ones, I figure I may as well grab 6 new fans for the price difference.

2x200mm XIGMATEK Cooling System XLF XLF-F2006 for the top (1 intake, 1 exhaust)
3x120mm XIGMATEK Cooling System XLF XLF-F1256 120mm, 2 side intake, 1 rear exhaust
and
1x140mm XIGMATEK Cooling System XLF XLF-F1454 140mm for the front intake

This should give me all the airflow in the world and fit my CPU cooler as well as having way better wire management.

The only thing I dislike is that there is no side panel window for the case. I wish there was a pre made clear side piece for it for there the extra 200mm fan is supposed to sit.

With every thing updated, this build is running me $1,085.81 shipped. Thats a little over 100 bucks under my original build and it appears to be way better all the way around.

Unless some people have some final advice, I will be ordering this set up tomorrow.
Great decision - I'm still trying to justify one to myself, though I'll probably be relinquishing back to the NZXT Tempest EVO due to the price difference thus resigning myself to some regret later on. The Phantom will fit any cooler and any upgrade you plan on having, it's one of the best cases on the market for features and value - that its so stylish for the same price is a huge bonus.

I've heard that the NZXT cases aren't always the friendliest with other makes of fans - it'll be worth the effort but know you may have to mod slightly.

Speaking of modding, apparently adding a side-window is distinctly easy and very attractive for this case - search the Phantom Club in the case section on here for more information and ideas ...

Which 6850 did you decide on btw? The 6850 is one of the best bang for the buck options in both single and crossfire configs - overclocking headroom is HUGE, finding performance very close to that of the 6870 for much less price. I'm stoked on mine, and can't wait to crossfire and get better than 5970 performance for $360.

All in all, a good build. Pull the trigger ...
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I went with the GIGABYTE GV-R685D5-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 for the GPU.

As for slight modding, how much of a pain can this become? I looked into the NZXT fans as well, which I would only need to order 2 of them, but no LED's except for 1 top fan will be included as it seems that all the NZXT fans on newegg do no come with led's.

I will be looking at modding the side of the case with a window right now, thanks for the great tip! All in all, even when swapping out my memory to Mushkin Enhanced Redline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800), the total package shipped will be $1,170.80.

Selling my system for 500, snagging 500 out of this check and loaning 200 bucks from a buddy will ensure that I order all of it tomorrow, hopefully getting it all by friday and up and running this weekend. It will be grand.
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I went with the GIGABYTE GV-R685D5-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 for the GPU.

As for slight modding, how much of a pain can this become? I looked into the NZXT fans as well, which I would only need to order 2 of them, but no LED's except for 1 top fan will be included as it seems that all the NZXT fans on newegg do no come with led's.

I will be looking at modding the side of the case with a window right now, thanks for the great tip! All in all, even when swapping out my memory to Mushkin Enhanced Redline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800), the total package shipped will be $1,170.80.

Selling my system for 500, snagging 500 out of this check and loaning 200 bucks from a buddy will ensure that I order all of it tomorrow, hopefully getting it all by friday and up and running this weekend. It will be grand.
The modding for case-fans will likely be as simple as drilling out new fan holes. I can't comment as I have no experience, but I've read a little and know it's something to consider. NZXT will be releasing the Blue LED 200mm fan for individual retail soon - perhaps wait for that?

I've been considering ordering the Phantom and I was planning on installing a Xigmatek Blue LED 140mm fan in the front and leaving the rest stock for now. I would want to mod a window in the side-panel, closing up the draft from the mesh there and thus creating a "wind-tunnel" effect from the front 140mm and side 2x120mm fans, up from the bottom and out through the top 2x200mm fans and rear 120mm fan. That was my plan anyways ...

That RAM is great performing stuff - very good choice.

And very good choice on the system overall. Good luck with the build
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I went with the GIGABYTE GV-R685D5-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 for the GPU.

As for slight modding, how much of a pain can this become? I looked into the NZXT fans as well, which I would only need to order 2 of them, but no LED's except for 1 top fan will be included as it seems that all the NZXT fans on newegg do no come with led's.

I will be looking at modding the side of the case with a window right now, thanks for the great tip! All in all, even when swapping out my memory to Mushkin Enhanced Redline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800), the total package shipped will be $1,170.80.

Selling my system for 500, snagging 500 out of this check and loaning 200 bucks from a buddy will ensure that I order all of it tomorrow, hopefully getting it all by friday and up and running this weekend. It will be grand.
The modding for case-fans will likely be as simple as drilling out new fan holes. I can't comment as I have no experience, but I've read a little and know it's something to consider. NZXT will be releasing the Blue LED 200mm fan for individual retail soon - perhaps wait for that?

I've been considering ordering the Phantom and I was planning on installing a Xigmatek Blue LED 140mm fan in the front, a blue LED 120mm intake fan on the internal base where the 2nd 2.5" HDD cage is, and leaving the rest stock for now. I would want to mod a window in the side-panel as the internals would be lit up nicely (and the white reflects beautifully), closing up the draft from the mesh there and thus creating a "wind-tunnel" effect from the front 140mm and side 2x120mm fans, up from the bottom and out through the top 2x200mm fans and rear 120mm fan. That was my plan anyways ...

That RAM is great performing stuff - very good choice.

And very good choice on the system overall. Good luck with the build
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