ionized007

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Usage: Game, School
Purchase time: this week
Crossfire: future
Overclock: if applicable

any comment is welcome


GPU 280$
SAPPHIRE FleX 100312FLEX Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

CPU 220$
Intel Core i5-2500K

MOBO 125$
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Memory 55$
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D

PSU 119$
XFX Core Edition PRO850W (P1-850S-NLB9) 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified..

Heatsink 30$
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel
COOLER MASTER SAF-B82-E1 80mm Case Fan 5$

Case 89$
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

HDD+DVDdrive 73$
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM

SSD 90$
Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Monitor 290$
SAMSUNG S24A350H ToC Rose Black 24" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor

Network Card 20$
Rosewill RC-401-EX 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI-Express Network Card Gigabit Low Profile

Sound Card 20$
ASUS XONAR_DG 5.1 Channels PCI Interface Xonar DG Sound Card









 
Solution
OK, here are some added ideas:

1) You say crossfire maybe in the future. Tp prepare for that, you need a stronger psu, a cf capable motherboard, and better case cooling.
When the time comes to buy a second 6950, they will have been replaced by faster, cheaper cards and may not have dropped in price, except on the used market. A second card will also expose you to microstuttering. My point, is, that don't pay up front for what you might not want in the future. Just get a good single card up front. 6950/GTX560ti is good. 6970/GTX570 is a bit better. any will give you good 1080P gaming. If you ever want to upgrade, just sell it and replace it with the next best thing.

2) Back off on the psu. A quality 550w unit will power...
Looks good, but here are some suggestions:

1) No need for a discrete network card, the motherboard will have one.

2) No need for a discrete sound card. The motherboard already has HD sound. You can always add one later if onboard does not satisfy you, and be prepared to pay more than $20 for a good one.
 

ionized007

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Thanx dude, much appreciated.
Is there anywhere else I can cut unnecessary cost?
 
OK, here are some added ideas:

1) You say crossfire maybe in the future. Tp prepare for that, you need a stronger psu, a cf capable motherboard, and better case cooling.
When the time comes to buy a second 6950, they will have been replaced by faster, cheaper cards and may not have dropped in price, except on the used market. A second card will also expose you to microstuttering. My point, is, that don't pay up front for what you might not want in the future. Just get a good single card up front. 6950/GTX560ti is good. 6970/GTX570 is a bit better. any will give you good 1080P gaming. If you ever want to upgrade, just sell it and replace it with the next best thing.

2) Back off on the psu. A quality 550w unit will power a 6970 or GTX570.
XFX, Corsair, and Antec are well priced. A Corsair CX600 is only $50:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028

3) Nothing wrong with the haf 922. Get it if you love it. But an Antec 300 illusion model will do as well for $69:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

4) Look at some micro-ATX motherboards. They only have 4 expansion slots, so no cf/sli. Here is an ASrock Z68 for $95.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157270

5) Don't pay much extra for fancy coolers on the graphics card. Instead, get a factory overclocked card. Here is a GTX560ti superclocked EVGA card for $240 after rebate:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130651

 
Solution


Asrock is a spin off from Asus. It was intended to be a way to offer lower cost motherboards. It seems as though, they have been able to do that in spades with good quality to boot.