Opinion on GAMING RIG

Ok so I'm looking to build a gaming computer for not much more than $800. Im looking to get high frame-rates in games. I was initially planning on waiting for the Intel Core i5 to come out and go with that setup but I think I'll be saving money going with this... I'm pretty set on getting the BFG Geforce GTX 280 OC video card. Like I said this is for gaming and I also plan on doing SLI in the future. What do you all think about this setup? Any recommendations? Should I wait or buy now?

GPU - $270
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3930709&SRCCODE=PRICEGRABBER&cm_mmc_o=2mHCjCVybgwTyz__wyCjCVqHCjCdwwp

CPU MOBO combo - $290
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.211774

RAM - $54
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231166

PSU and case combo - $89.99 (I DONT KNOW IF A 500W PSU IS ENOUGH TO POWER THIS SETUP OR NOT ESPECIALLY IF I CHOSE TO SLI)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156062

HD - $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136317

Total - $794


or

I saw this bundle deal for $500
(ONLY THING I DON'T LIKE ABOUT THIS IS THAT MOBO DOESN'T HAVE DIGITAL OPTICAL OUTPUT FOR MY RECEIVER)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4896940&Sku=B69-0104

Total with video card - $770
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  1. Ouch, no. Raidmax cases are ok. Raidmax PSUs are garbage:
    http://www.corsair.com/cinema/movie.aspx?id=622747
    Hopefully Proximon will be along before long with his excellent parts-selection thread links (I think at least one of them is a sticky; easy enough to find). He has some unpleasant observations about nVidia chipset boards, and I've read things like that elsewhere too. Unless you really want SLI, a single HD4890 won't be quite as strong as a GTX280, but will cost a lot less. This 4850 X2 may offer similar performance (check benchmarks), and still costs less: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102809.
    Choose a quality PSU from Antec, Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Seasonic, or Enermax. For a single GPU (up to GTX 280 or HD4890), 500W is enough; there's a PSU sizing calculator at http://www.extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine.
  2. Stay away from the 280. It's old, outdated tech that runs hot and is overpriced, and they phased out the 280's so there are barely any left right now, which means no future SLI for you. I also heard that Nvidia chipsets are pretty bad and should be avoided, so if I were you, I would think about a nice AMD Phenom II X4 955 build and making it AM3, for future upgrade-ability, and stick with an ATI card, so you could Crossfire in the future. I just checked and Newegg is out of the 955 currently, but I know they were offering it on combo for with an Asus M4A79T Deluxe mobo for $315, which is a great deal, or with the Asus Crosshair III Formula mobo for only a little more depending on which features you would want from your mobo.

    For the GPU, I would suggest either a cheap 4870 to hold you off until the 5XXX series that should come out in Oct, or an XFX HD 4890 from Newegg for $195 with free shipping, which can you can OC and will definitely outperform that $270 GTX 280 for much cheaper.
  3. Not sure if this is any help to you but from my experience and what other people are saying GTX 260 has done me pretty well. And your saving a little bit of money and able to go SLI sooner in that case. But I might be mixing stuff up right now dont know if that will be compatible with the AM3. For some reason I'm thinking AMD - ATI like Intel - Nvidia but I don't know if I'm just really tired. And to what everyone said about the 280, its newer then the 260 I believe but I'm guessing they did something wrong with the 280?
  4. Onus said:
    Ouch, no. Raidmax cases are ok. Raidmax PSUs are garbage:
    http://www.corsair.com/cinema/movie.aspx?id=622747
    Hopefully Proximon will be along before long with his excellent parts-selection thread links (I think at least one of them is a sticky; easy enough to find). He has some unpleasant observations about nVidia chipset boards, and I've read things like that elsewhere too. Unless you really want SLI, a single HD4890 won't be quite as strong as a GTX280, but will cost a lot less. This 4850 X2 may offer similar performance (check benchmarks), and still costs less: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102809.
    Choose a quality PSU from Antec, Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Seasonic, or Enermax. For a single GPU (up to GTX 280 or HD4890), 500W is enough; there's a PSU sizing calculator at http://www.extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine.



    Thanks. That is a good thing to know. I did originally want to go with the Nividia GTX285 because it got around 120fps in some benchmarks whereas the 4890 more like 100... not sure how much that matters but I was planning on getting the Samsung 120hz monitor for gaming. In order to take advantage of this monitor in gaming I know that I need to hit a high frame-rate. Maybe Ill go with the radeon 4890 to save money.
  5. I was looking at this 4890 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150360

    Not sure what brand is best
  6. XFX has a good warranty; LIFETIME.
  7. Onus said:
    XFX has a good warranty; LIFETIME.


    x2 ;)
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