Gaming Computer for under 1k!

Hello, I wanted to ask for an opinion on this set-up for under 1k. I am mainly only going to be playing games with this computer and I want to be able to play pretty much all current games at max or near max detail ..and hopefully be able to play future games as well. I also want it to be very compatible with future CPU's and Video cards.

Anyway, below is what I had in mind.



Hard Drive:

Western Digital 500 GB $59.99


ASUS 750i SLI $129.99

Video Card:

9800GTX[x2] Running in SLI. ($134.99 each)

Power supply:

Corsair 750W $119.99


E8400 3.0 Ghz Dual Core. 167.99


OCZ 4GG (2gbx2) $49.99

CD/DVD Burner:

Subtotal: $942.91

If any of you could point out any compatibility issues that would be helpful as well. Such as why I might not be able to run SLI. Also, do I need to buy any coolers or fans for this type of rig...or anything like that? Thanks for your help! :hello:
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  1. Ok, get a heatsink so you can overclock
    Xigmatek Dark Knight

    This should be a better drive
    WD Black 640gb

    Instead of 9800gtx sli, get a single GTX 275. You can add a second one for SLI when you want to upgrade
    EVGA GTX 275
  2. Those Nvidea chipset boards blow. LGA 775 isn't the future, and I would think of either going cheap atm, or going with an i7 build. Anyways here's a build worth looking at for saving money and getting performance. You can easily move up your fsb (10.5 x 333) and run that E7400 at 3.5GHz @ 1333 fsb. Or you could even consider moving up to a gtx 275 or gtx 285. The psu in this build will easily push either one of those cards. It all depends on your screen resolution and budget. $59.95 Free Shipping*
    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $69.99 ($44.99 after $25.00 Mail-In Rebate)
    OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
    Free 4GB flash drive with purchase, ends 4/30 $65.49 after rebate
    GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L Core 2 Quad/ Intel P43/ DDR2/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard $106.75
    Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 2.8GHz 1066MHz 3M LGA775 CPU, OEM $39.99($29.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
    Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - Retail $169.99 Free Shipping*
    XFX GX260XADJF GeForce GTX 260 Core Edition Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
    Free Call of Duty: World at War w/ purchase, limited offer $42.99
    G.SKILL HK 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $74.99 Free Shipping*
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - OEM $24.99 Free Shipping*
    LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM

    Total: $664.72 | $619.72 w/rebates *not including shipping $99.99 Free Shipping*
    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM $169.99 ($149.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
    ASUS VW224U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ HDCP Support 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 5000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail
  3. Ok, now I have to ask. Why do you suggest the Sunbeam CR-CCTF over the Xigmatek HDT-S1283/Dark Knight?
  4. irkjab said:
    Ok, now I have to ask. Why do you suggest the Sunbeam CR-CCTF over the Xigmatek HDT-S1283/Dark Knight?

    Both are good heatsinks.... the sunbeam is a bit of a bargain atm with it's price, free shipping, rebate and the fact it comes with a tube of Tuniq thermal compound to boot. I would never think of posting an after market heatsink without posting a thermal compound also. But the Darknight is a great heatsink no doubt. :)
  5. Oh, I see. With the $10 off and free quality thermal paste, that is a good deal.
  6. irkjab said:
    Oh, I see. With the $10 off and free quality thermal paste, that is a good deal.

    Not to mention the Free Shipping. :)
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