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GenghisKron's Lazy Leviathon:

Rosewill Challenger
i5-2500k
Antec Earthwatts 650w
Seagate Barracuda 1TB
MSI P67A-C43
GSkill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 CAS8
Combo- $509.50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.644166
EVGA GTX 580 - $470 + 30 MIR:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130587
LITE-ON DVD - $19:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

Hyper 212+ - when $30 MIR comes in:
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10-212P-G1/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1309051429&sr=8-1

Total: $998.48
 

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Swoonpappy's budget gaming build

DRIVE: DVD Burner -$18

HDD: Hard Drive: SAMSUNG F3 1TB - $65
-One of the faster HDD's available

GPU: Gigabyte 6870 - $199 x2
-Good bang for your buck, will play all games at max settings

PSU:Antec EA - $64
-Effeicient and reliable

RAM:G.Skill X Ripjaw 2x2GB - $49.99
-8gb not needed for gaming
-Tight timings are faster than some 1600 rated ram, no need to OC
-1.5V

MOBO:Gigabyte z68 mobo - $129.99
-Newest line of 1155 mobos
-Plays cards at 8x/8x

CPU:Intel Core-i3 - $124.99
-It is a budget build after all.

CASE:COOLER MASTER Elite 430 -$49.99

COOLING: Stock since little/no overclocking will be done!

Total: $992.18 after tax (88.13) without rebates and shipping.

OR, switch:

PSU:
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE ...

GPU:
HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT1G2M Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ... x2

For $1018 before tax, without rebates and shipping.
 

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Seems like this thread is still going, and I've been planning out a $1K build for myself... here's how it looks as of today (along with most current deals/rebates, 6/30/11):

TK's "Yummy" build! ;)

CPU: Intel i5-2500K 3.3GHz ($220)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
MOBO: ECS P67H2-A3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 ($108)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135279
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) ($70 w/$15 off promo = $55)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311
GPU: SAPPHIRE 100311SR Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 ($350 w/$20 mir = $330)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102915
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache ($48)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular ($90, $60 after mir + 10% off w/ promo)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341018
CASE: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($60)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042
HSF: CORSAIR CWCH60 Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler ($70, $55 after mir)

TOTAL: $1004

Couldn't decide whether to do the build above or go for a lower GPU and add an SSD:

HDD: Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal SSD ($125)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148357
GPU: XFX HD-687A-ZNBC Radeon HD 6870 Black Edition 1GB 256-bit DDR5 ($230)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150507

TOTAL W/ 6870 & SSD: $1009


* Lots of CPU & GPU overclocking on this build!
 

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I really like the builds with the GTX 580 as I am currently looking to build a system for ~ $1,000 and I want to run crysis/metro 2033/BF3 on max settings. My question is are 2 6870's really faster than a 580? The idea of running 2 video cards doens't sound appealing to me at all and I hear Nvidia drivers are much better, and the GTX 580 is much quieter.
 

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2 6870's are indeed faster than a single gtx 580 (in most new games, at 1080p), but that doesnt make a gtx 580 at bad choice, and there are certainly benefits to a single card system.

A $1000 build with an i5-2500k + a gtx 580 is a great deal and a very powerful system. Rumor has it that the bf3 demos were done on a gtx 580, indicating that you will be able to max out the game.
 

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it is not smart to say that a 580 cant max it out since we dont know how many fps it was running at. maybe it could have been running the game at max settings around 70 fps and it was running that low setting at around 120. we wont know what bf3 will be like until it comes out
 

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As ChiefTexas said, the game was not running at max settings. Then again, I'm sure they also haven't finish optimizing the game yet. We'll see...
 

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i know that. but again we dont know how many fps it was running at
 

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Hey thanks! :)

though i'm a bit confused about the connectors. It does have 2 6+2 PCIe power connectors, aren't they what's required? And corsair says that it is "SLI-ready" so...i'm not sure i follow you...

however i note that the 750TX has 4 PCIe connectors. I'm a noob as far as SLI and crossfire setups are concerned, so i'm surprised that a GTX 460 SLI setup needs two connecters per card, if that's what you mean...

appreciate the help! :)
 

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Yes, those cards need two six pin pci-e each so four total. Sometimes the quickest way to find out is to look at the pictures :)


 

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