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Hi guys, after shopping around and doing some research I finally pulled the trigger on my build. I'm very happy with how it's performed, it's definitely doing a lot better than I thought considering what I paid for it. I've had notebooks for the last 5+ years, the newest being a 2009 Macbook pro (which is great, but not for gaming)

Case Antec 300 $49.95
Power Supply 700W OCZ $79.99
Wireless adaptor Rosewill PCI $24.99
RAM 8 GB Corsair $49.99
CPU Intel 2500K $219.99
Motherboard Biostar TZ68A+ $99.99
Hard drive Samsung spinpoint 1TB $59.99
Video Card Sapphire 6870 $174.99

Total cost: $759.88. I got some rebates, and assuming they all come through the brings the cost to $684.88.

Upgrades I'd like to add:
Optical drive (a blu-ray burner, but really no rush for it)
SSD
Cooling Fan (to overclock)
Video Card (i'd like to crossfire either another 6870 or a 6850)
5.1 Speakers

I have this hooked up to a 23 inch Samsung P2370HD and gaming on it is amazing. It runs BF3 beta really well, although using up to 70% of the unclocked CPU. The Witcher2 and Crysis run great.
Here's some pictures of assembly. RAM hadn't arrived yet and that's why it's missing. This was my first build and it was a lot of fun.
I watched a video online that said it would take 20 minutes, it took me a little over an hour to do this (and then about 10 minutes troubleshooting because I didn't plug in the 8pin power CPU power cable). It was a lot of fun and I will definitely be building my next build (hopefully not for 3 years).
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Not sure if you did it after taking the pictures, but that video card needs another PCI-E 6-pin power connector to be plugged in it Wink
Haha, yea when the pictures were taken, need another PCI-E and the 8-pin CPU power (at the top). Live and learn!
I always love seeing the pile of goodies just sitting there Smile. Looks nice Wink
Great pc but the stock heat sink could use a upgrade to a hyper 212+ evo Tongue. I was running stock on my i7920 and when I got the hyper 212+ noticeably I am seeing a huge difference Big Grin