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This is going to be the third system i've built, and although id like to think i'm starting to get this down i have had past regrets with the old rigs :sigh: So hopefully you folks can help me out.
First off im building it primarily for gaming, so with that setting the bar i doubt the class work and photo editing will be an issue. Id like to keep the budget at about 1,500 $. A little over is ok and under is always nice to.
Heres what im looking at so far:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021
People have told me i should really get a full tower but im not certain ill need all that space

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341002
Was previously looking at a 600w version till i read the PSU FAQ

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136011
Purely for the OS and main Apps.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148234
File storage

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148234
Down the line i plan to get a second for CrossFire Hence the 700w PSU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128070
Heres where im sort of stuck at right now. Im sort of building around the Radeon 3870. Im not against Nvidia but they are a bit pricey. Ideally id like the Mobo i get optimized for SLI or crossfire. My problem is that the processor im looking at, the Phenom, isn't looking so good versus intel. What it sorta comes down to is the best bang for my buck.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220227
Finnally heres the RAM. this may change depending on the mobo and/or if i find a deal on some DDR3.

Suggestions and criticism are appreciated. ill probably be adding miscellaneous components to, the most expensive being a new monitor if all in all i keep it under 1,800.
 

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Oh cooling is definitely a priority. i live in SoCal and heats always been a problem for my systems. What about liquid cooling? i understand it's the best in terms of cooling but im always afraid all that hardware is gona be ruined by bad tubing or somthing.
 

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Water cooling is good, but there are a lot of cheap kits on the market. I would only recommend that you get something decent like swiftek or danger den.

Zalman make a nice air cooling that is very good and also zalman have a good rep for being quiet and efficient
 
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