New System low end gameing looking for suggestions

Looking for pointers or good advice for this system ill be sticking with Nvidia Graphics because I do not have the money now but I will be using EVGAs nifty trade up policy within the first 90 days of purchase to get a 260 or better. If this system can not run a 260 say so and point me in the direction of what I can best expect for a graphics card.

I intend to run just a single graphics solution so if there is a better MB out there with good OC and can run all the pre i7 chips please say so. On Intel or Nvidia chipset does not matter to me.

* LITE-ON Combo Black SATA Model DH-52C2S-04 *

*Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM *

*Antec EA650 650W ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail *
*Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail *
129.94 Combo Price

*EVGA 123-YW-E175-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail *
*EVGA 512-P3-N975-AR GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail *
282.98 Combo Price

*Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - Retail *
*CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5 - Retail *
211.98 COmbo Price

Mail In Rebates Total 75.00
System Total before mail in 697.88
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  1. Ouch. You really should avoid that motherboard.

    That's a nice fast card and you can add a second when you upgrade. Two of these would blow away any GTX 260.

    P45 MB:
    There is a nice crossfire board.

    With those two, you have the same or less money involved, no upgrade hassle, and a far more stable system.

    Also, EVGA charges a premium for their upgrade services. Compare their online prices to the same cards on newegg, and you'll see why the upgrade program is not quite the deal it seems.... At least last time I checked.
  2. My heart is stuck on Nvidia for the GPU but since I really only care about one graphics card would your MB suggestion still be fine to replace the one I was thinking of?
  3. If you just want one card you can do even better :)

    Gigabyte UD3R

    Next, lose the Antec PSU and get this one:
    I realize you don't need this much PSU, but it's an awfully good deal. Top quality. 10 bucks more, but less after rebate.

    Pretty soon you'll be able to throw a GTX 260 into the build up front ;)

    This is a better combo on the CPU/RAM, for less:
  4. Okay i redid the list with your suggestions and put in a

    EVGA 512-P3-N977-TR GeForce 9800 GT Superclocked Edition 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

    for 134.99

    May just bite the Bullet actually and put in the 260 216 its only 130 more or so but 70 in rebates maybe worth it.
  5. Good deal, I want to reiterate for anyone else looking... there is absolutely nothing wrong with an Antec EA650. It's a good PSU, but there happens to be even higher quality units at better price points right now.
  6. One question though how well does that MB OC. Would really like to get some extra love out of my parts since it be a year or 2 before i switch to new system.
  7. It's an excellent overclocker. It's still a P45 chipset on a well-regulated board. It just only has one PCI-E slot.
  8. +1 on the UD3R being a good board. Mine is working very good and overclocks like a dream.
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