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Criticize my rig plz!

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July 15, 2008 11:25:05 PM

I'm trying to build a good gaming rig on a budget of $800-900 dollars. I have gathered as much information as I can from reading just about a million threads on 100 different forums. This is what I have on my list so far:

Case: Antec 900 Steel ATX Ultimate Gamer PC Case

http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Nine-Hundred-Steel-Ultimate/dp/B000I5JHB0/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1216138717&sr=8-1

or

NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146025

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 Power Supply 90

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004

Mobo: ASUS P5K EPU LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131277

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115017

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250310AS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148261

RAM: CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145184

Primary Optical: Lite-On 20x LH-20A1L DVD Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106072

Video Card: VisionTek 900241 Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814129112&Tpk=visiontek%2b4850

Other stuff aren't that important. Maybe a CPU cooler and thermal compound stuff.

Now my real question is this. I'm going to constantly upgrade this desktop, even when I get out of college (I'm starting college soon), and just keep it as long as I can. Right now, the most heavy gaming I'll do is WoW or Orange Box games, and when Diablo III and StarCraft 2 comes out, I'm definitely playing those. So, I'm wondering whether I should start out with such premium parts or I should just buy some inferior parts for now, and upgrade later when needed? The only thing on this list that I really, really want is the Quad Core processor because I multitask like crazy. I tried to find the best bang-for-buck parts for each component of the desktop, but it still adds up to like $870, which is within my budget, but I have to consider taxes and other other accessories such as keyboard, mouse, sound card, OS, etc.

Can you folks please criticize my chosen parts and give me advice on whether I should keep it low now, just enough to play WoW, and upgrade later, or just stay with this build and be safe in the future? Thanks in advance for all the help!

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July 15, 2008 11:35:17 PM

I don't see anything wrong with your current build. You can always upgrade in the future. I have the NZXT Apollo and love it personally, but lots of people also love the Antec.
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