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I like wevsspot list of PSUs. Couger products are typically bright orange, so if you are picking on aesthetics for a red/black theme than just keep in mind that is most likely orange and not red.


Not sure how you are coming to over $2033 unless you are not including some items in your post that you are including in your total because I don't come to $2033 at all. I don't think I've seen a 2k build here in a long time ...especially one that didn't include a monitor in the purchase.

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HAHAHAHA!!!!! ok wow, i dont even know how im getting so many different totals, ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Ok so i have calculated, recalculated, and calculated again. and my total for the following is $2060.69



Corsair Memory Vengeance 16 Dual Channel Kit DDR3 1600 MHz 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM CMZ16GX3M4A1600?C9

by Corsair




OCZ Technology 128GB Vertex 4 Series SATA 6.0 GB/s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (SSD) With Industry's Highest 120K IOPS And 5-Year Warranty - VTX4-25SAT3-128?G

by OCZ




Kingston Hyperx Cooling Fan Accessory - Black

by Kingston




Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D THX PCIE Fatal1ty Champion Sound Card SB1354

by Creative





Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H100I CPU Cooler System LGA1155 1156 1366 2011 AM2 AM3 FM1 & FM2




Intel Core i7-3770K Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz 8 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80637I73770K

by Intel




ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

by Asus




Western Digital Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA III, 64 MB Cache




2 X Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 DVI-I/HDMI/2x Mini-Displaypor?t PCI-Express Graphic Card GV-R795WF3-3GD

by Gigabyte




Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

by Asus




AZZA Full Tower Computer Case with 4xEasy Swap HD Trays and 2x2.5-Inch SSD Trays HURRICAN 2000R (Black/Red)





Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

by Microsoft Software




Cougar SX850

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817553006 (this looks to be a great value buy)



Perhaps this is right. if not let me know what your calculations are if they are different. :thumbsup:

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Well, I come up with $2056.47 (and I checked it twice). I think one thing some might be missing is x2 on the video card price (since the OP wants to go Crossfire).


Spaz - mind sharing the compelling reason for choosing the Fatality sound card over the regular Recon3D? I couldn't personally justify the cost difference in the two.


Creative Recon 3D


Pushing that line of thinking even further, if it were me I'd be looking for the previous generation Creative x-FI chipset as found on the x-Fi Titanium, x-Fi Titanium HD or even some of their lower end sound cards. IMHO it is a superior chip to the Recon if you consider all types of audio input/output. I wouldn't be discounting options from Asus or HT Omega either.

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Umm... Will OP even need a soundcard? IMHO he should just ditch the soundcard and get another SSD for a scratch drive.


Also, since OP is planning to WC in the future, why the H100i? Seems a waste of money getting the H100i now and then ditching it for proper WC in the near future. If it were me, I'd get something like the Hyper212 Evo for now (moderate OC) for the time being. It still is a waste but wasting $30 is somewhat better IMO than ditching $100.



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Ok im sorry im confused... what does OP mean???? operator? lol.


I chose that particular sound card for the fact that it had that front 5.25" bay header, and i thought that would be really usefull. so i guess if its not needed i wont get a sound card and may in fact just get another SSD.


The only reason i was going to do WC before was beacause i had picked out that ASUS maximus formula V ROG board, which had Fusion cooling on it. But it is so expensive to do WC im just going with h100i now, and am probably forgetting WC altogether now. so would i really even need a sound card? what does it do compared to sound exerted from the motherboard?


and im sorry about the links above, the appropriate links are on the previous page. and im going to just say that my Grand total is $2000 +/- :teehee:

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OP = Original Poster :) Generally referring to the person who started the thread. No question that the 5.25 might come in handy for some folks, but looking at the cost differential you might need to ask yourself how bad you really need it. Most of the same features you control from the box can be controlled via the Creative Control Panel, you get a headset and mic plug, but those will likely be available on whatever case you choose. And if you need connections for both external speakers and headphones you can always just buy a splitter cable (which is what I typically do).


I'm probably one of the few that insists on a dedicated sound card. I'm not an audiophile, but I can definitely tell the difference in audio quality and output between a decent add-on sound card versus most onboard sound. With that being said, today's onboard sound options are more than adequate for a huge majority of users.

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I totally agree with the dedicated sound card card. i have a Logitech 5.1 surround sound stereo system and an Afterglow Surround sound HD Headset, so i personally like HD sound quality. :D

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