Here's my 1K game rig - what do you think?

I posted a topic yesterday and after reading the comments and other similiar threads, I have decided that I would spend a little more than I planned, especially on the case and 750 Watt PSU, since I figure I can always use these for future upgrades.

LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30 - OEM

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

PC Power & Cooling S75CF 750W EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified (Dual 8800 GTX and below) CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 900(PC2 7200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-7200CL4D-4GBPI-B - Retail

ZALMAN CNPS 9700 NT 110mm 2 Ball Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler - Retail

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8500 - Retail

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Combo deal $308.98

Subtotal: $999.91

Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions? Keep in mind that I already went over budget somewhat so can't really consider any upgrades, but am always happy to save money if I can change anything without compromising the end result (I could save on the PSU but it's a good deal). Also, I plan on OC it at some point in the future and may be adding a second GPU as well.
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  1. +1

    That's a beautiful build. Can't do much better than that.
  2. That's a nice build. The only way I can see saving a little money would be on the cooler and possibly the CPU.

    ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler - Retail $53.99


    XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail $36.99


    XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail $8.49 (If it comes back in stock in time)

    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail $164.99

    Intel's supposed to be dropping prices in the next week. If you can wait, it might be worth it to see how things work out.
  3. I'll probably wait a week or two before I order since prices are supposed to be coming down. Thanks for the comments! I spent a lot of time researching and now I'm ready to pull the trigger.


    I ordered all the parts on monday and they were delivered wednesday (apart from the RAM, as it had to come from New Jersey but showed up today). Newegg rocks. I have never built a PC before and was understandably nervous, but I took it one step at a time and after four hours was ready to power it up. I can't say enough about the Antec case. It looks great and was very spacious.

    Everything fit together nicely and if I had to pick the one thing that was most challenging it was mounting the Zamlman CPU cooler due to tight clearances with the Gigabyte mobo. It powered up without a hitch and after installing Vista I loaded the drivers and can't say enough good things about the components. It ran quiet and cool with the CPU never getting above 28C. I am thrilled at the great experience I've had building this PC and look forward to building more in the future for friends and family.

    Anyone considering building a gaming rig for $1,000, feel confident with this build as it will be hard to top.
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