[NEW SYSTEM BUILD] $800 Gaming PC

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within a week

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: games, movies, web

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Requires everything. (monitor, os, keyboard and mouse)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: no preference

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Budget of $800, need a decent gaming computer to run WoW at med/high settings, and run crysis at ok quality.


-=XXXXRaidmax Aztec Case and Raidmax 530W PSU Combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.193571
$110XXXX=-

Antech 300 and Antec Basiq Continuous 500W PSU Combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.193752
$94

Acer 22" Widescreen monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009145
$150

Intel Pentium E5200 and Gigabyte EP43 Combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.190819
$140

EVGA 9800 GTX+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130339
$130

Gskill 2x2GB DDR2 800 4-4-4-12
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231209
$60

WD Caviar 320GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136098
$50

LG Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152
$24

Artic Freezer 7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134
$32

Artic Silver 5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007
$9

Logitech Keyboard and Mouse
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126017
$13

OS: Windows 7 RC
Free


Total with shipping comes down to: $785
$45 of rebates, but I'm not counting on those to go through.


Right now, I only play WoW on a P4 3.4ghz, 1.5gb ram, radeon x300 system. I think it's been like 10 years since I bought this system at costco for $2000 dollars, so I'm way overdue for an upgrade.

Haven't even tried all the new games like crysis, left 4 dead, fear 2, farcry 2, fallout 3, mirrors edge, and a whole lot of other games that I'm going to get to play on this system.


So, feedbacks, opinions? I can probably go a little over $800
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  1. No on that PSU, get an antec 300 and a high-end 450-550w.
  2. Raidmax PSU's are ticking time bombs and should be avoided at all costs. Here's a few upgrade suggestions:

    Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136074&Tpk=wd3200aaks $54.99 (The HD you picked is an older, slower model)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.193754 $94.94 (Antec 300 + Antec EA430 PSU combo)

    POWERCOLOR AX4850 512MD3-DH Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131125 $109.99 - $10 MIR

    G.SKILL HK 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231219 $49.99 (The PI Black RAM is very nice, but this RAM has the same specs without the fancy cooler for $10 less)

    If you have a little wiggle room in your budget, one of these PSU's would be a nice upgrade from the EA430:

    OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022 $74.99 - $25 MIR

    CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139003&Tpk=450vx $74.99 - $15 MIR
  3. For $20 more you can get a gtx 260.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130370
    $154.99 after rebate.
  4. That GTX 260 is the old 192 Processor Core version. I would pass on it. If you can swing it, I would pick up the OCZ 550W PSU and a 4870 GPU.

    POWERCOLOR AX4870 512MD5 Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131140 $159.99 - $20 MIR
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