Suggestions for new gaming system

I am planning on buying a new gaming pc. I am not too experienced when it comes to building pcs but I have done some research and come up with this:
Case:Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX
PSU:Antec BP550 Plus 550W
Motherboard:EVGA LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i
Processor:Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz
RAM:G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM
Graphics Card:EVGA GeForce GTX 260 896MB
Hard Drive:Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB 7200 RPM
I plan on playing games like COD4 and Crysis. Anyone have any suggestions to improve this?
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  1. Ok...a couple of suggestions to start:

    Right now the ATI graphics cards are a better bang for the buck, so that changes your motherboard (as I assume you wanted the 780i for dual graphics cards in the future).

    I would get a P35/P45 motherboard or an X38/X48 motherboard (dual graphics at full bandwidth - like the 780i, but for Intel/ATI).

    I would get an 4850 or a 4870 graphics card.

    I would get the western digital 640 GB hard drive - excellent price and performance.

    I would also suggest getting 4 GB of RAM - 2x2GB kits. They are really quite cheap now.

    The case is great. The PSU may be underpowered if you plan on a second graphics card in the future. If you only want one GPU, then you don't need an X38/X48 and should just get the P35/P45.

    I didn't see and OS - I would suggest Vista Home Premium - 64 bit. You can get it for under $100.

    The case is a good choice. If you like the 900, you may want to look at the Antec 1200 - it's a bigger, slightly improved version of the 900.

    Don't worry too much about not having experience. It's not difficult if you follow directions and take your time.

    Ask us if you need any more help. Good luck.
  2. Thanks for the help, huron.
    After checking out some benchmarks this card does seem like a better deal.
    VisionTek Radeon HD 4870 512MB
    I also changed the MB to the ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45.
    Any other suggestions are welcome.
  3. Good choices - Check out the GPU roundup that toms just did - the 4870 does well and is only about $270.

    P45 is a good choice these days.

    Ask any more questions if you need. I think you have good choices.
  4. Are you going to over clock the CPU? IMO having a cpu running at least 3 GHz is the sweet spot in regards to gaming. A quad is nice but unless you are going to overclock the dual core e8400 will give you a better gaming experience. But I know the price for that quad is hard to resist.
  5. Agree ^ unless you're a nVidia fan. I'd also upgrade your power supply to a Corsair 750w or a PC Power and Cooling 750w to handle a second GPU if you decide to crossfire in the future.
  6. I think this is my final decision.
    I changed the Processor to an E8500.
    the Video card to a HD 4850 (the 4870 doesn't seem to be worth the extra cash.)
    I kept the 550w PSU because its a $40 off combo and is already on sale.
    Total price:$903.87 with shipping. Not bad I think.
    Anyone else have any input?
  7. I got no proof but I personally think nvidias been going downhill since the release of the 4870.

    E8500 isnt really worth it for .16 of a ghz.
    get E8400

    Get 64 bit vista and 4gbs 800 ram. I suggest Kingston HyperX

    640GB hd is the best gb per whatever you can get. Some people say theyre as good as the 10,000 raptors.

    Go for the 4870 I guarantee you it'll be worth it.

    Get a 750w psu just in case. The Quality 750w are sooo cheap now.

    +1 for p5Q
  8. It's not the .16 ghz that makes the E8500 nice, but the extra 0.5 multiplier. I agree that the sweet spot in that end is the E8400, hence why I got one, but some people have found the E8500 for as little as $10-20 more and it's worth it to them

    Good luck with the build. Nice choices.
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