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Under $1000 gaming rig advice. Please!

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September 21, 2008 10:41:08 PM

What Motherboard do you recommend? What other advice might you have? I can change the config if necessary. On a deadline for these prices. Any help would be much appreciated.

CASE/CPU: Antec Twelve Hundred + e8400 combo (294.98)
PSU/GPU: Antec NeoPower 650 + PNY GTX 260 896MB combo (239.98 after 30 mir)
HD: Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM About $120
RAM: OCZ Platinum Edition 4gb (2x2gb) PC8000 (47.99 after 30 mir)
MB: not sure please advise.
CPU Cooler: not sure please advise.
Vista OS: What version, where should I get it?
Optical Drive: Cheap and quiet, know where to find it?

I would like room to SLI the rig in the future and to overclock the machine now. THANKS

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September 22, 2008 12:01:05 AM

What do you guys think of the MB for the above config?

EVGA 123-YW-E175-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i FTW SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813188026
Return Policy: Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy
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-$15.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate

$155 after rebate.
September 22, 2008 12:03:10 AM

get the 780i or 750i for SLI. I have the 780i with the E8400 very nice combo there also for cpu cooler my ASUS Silent Knight II works fine but I would stick with Zalman. Note I can OC on this 780i to 4.0 GHZ + on air with the norhbridge chipset cooling fan on not of also the northbridge can reach temps up to 48C with cooling so definetly attach it
September 22, 2008 12:05:27 AM

the 750i is also very nice but I pprefer the 780i for tri SLI but that 750i is very nice EVGA is the best for Nvidia stuff so EVGA/Nvidia all the way
September 22, 2008 12:24:43 AM

Theres nothing wrong with Vista 32 or 64, regarless of what some fools might say.
September 22, 2008 12:28:39 AM

roadrunner197069 said:
Theres nothing wrong with Vista 32 or 64, regarless of what some fools might say.

There isn't. Games do run slower on Vista though.
September 22, 2008 12:37:56 AM

johnyeah said:
I'd say the WD 640GB is one of the best hdd's for c/p and size.

Stay away from Vista unless you really want DirectX 10 for your new games.
lol i just noticed that the 640 gb drive has free shipping which makes it cheaper than the 500 gb after you add shipping.