$1200-1400 Gaming PC

I've bought many computer magazines with headliners saying "Make your own PC Gaming machine for $1200" and found out I could be getting better with my money after reading these boards. I would really appreciate the help if you could point me in the right direction to building a monster PC. I just switched majors into a computer field and felt that building a computer might be a good learning experience and will put me ahead of others.

What I want from my PC:
- Able to play games in good/decent quality for the next 1-2 years.
- Fits in my budget range $1200-1400, but willing to spend more if necessary to up performance/quality.
- Overclockable (In the near future when I gain enough knowledge).
- Possibility of getting another graphics card for SLI.


Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail

XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail

DFI LANPARTY DK X48-T2RS LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Original Price: $234.99
You Save: $20.00

HIS Hightech H487F512P Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
Original Price: $279.99
You Save: $20.00
($239.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate pdf )

Thermaltake W0116RU 750W Complies with ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V version SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Original Price: $189.99
You Save: $30.00
($109.99 after $50.00 Mail-In Rebate pdf )

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
Original Price: $94.99
You Save: $5.00

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM

NZXT Nemesis Elite Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
$119.99 (Personal prefrence. Already purchased!)
($99.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate pdf )

Will buy Windows Vista 64-bit for $2 at school.

Total: $1187.90

Any input would be appreciated! Thank you.
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  1. Well, you pretty much nailed it. If you are serious about crossfire that is.

    However, I wouldn't use that PSU to CF two 4870s. It's not a bad PSU, but a bit more would be nice.

  2. You'd be fine with a 750w power supply, 850 is overkill. Even with 750w you've got easily 200w of overhead. I'd pick the Corsair 750TX if I was in your shoes. The actual power usage of your system on max load will probably be hovering around 500w actually, but having that bit of overhead @ 750w ensures HD startup doesn't crash your comp. on start-up, and gives you overclocking headroom on the cpu/gpu.
  3. I appreciate your reviews. I'm looking into changing my power supply now.

    A. Antec 850W (Proximon; likely purchase)
    B. Corsair 750W (effel; likely purchase)
    C. Thermaltake 750W (default selection; unlikely now)

    Ill do a little bit more research or wait for more opinions to make my PSU decision.

    I was wondering if my video card was a good selection for the 4870 series. Is there a better manufacture producing better GPUs?
  4. I'd go with a Corsair or Enermax PSU. About the video card, HIS is a good brand for ATI, and so is Sapphire, Visiontek and Gainward.
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