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$1000 gaming rig

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June 11, 2009 4:48:40 AM

Howdy folks,
I'm looking to build my first pc, and looking for some tips/advice on what folks here would recommend. My intentions are to have a setup that can be easily expanded/improved in the future, and am considering installing Windows 7 when it's released.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next two weeks

BUDGET RANGE: US$800-1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming is the primary use, although I do intend on using it for Office type stuff (Powerpoint)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: everything outside the case (keyboard, mouse, monitor)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: size is not an issue- a full size tower is fine.

OVERCLOCKING: No; I'm a newbie at this, and would rather not push things.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Dell 24" 1920 x 1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Most important characteristic is stability (I will sacrifice performance if it'll give me stability)

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Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts.

I do have a copy of Windows Ultimate Vista that I can use (I presume I can install that in 64 bit mode if necessary) although I'm willing to buy a copy of XP until Windows 7 is avail.

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a b 4 Gaming
June 11, 2009 5:27:40 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99 ($89.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $134.99 ($114.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=Q9550 $249.99 Free Ground Shipping
Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q9550 2.83GHz 1333MHz 12MB LGA775 CPU, OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $29.99 ($19.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate)
Sunbeam CR-CCTF92-4 92mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $104.99 ($84.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate)
XFX HD-485X-YDFC Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
Double Lifetime Manufacturer Warranty

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $104.99 ($84.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate)
XFX HD-485X-YDFC Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
Double Lifetime Manufacturer Warranty

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99
mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996587 - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99 Free Shipping*
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $24.99
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: $964.90 | $874.90 w/mail in rebates

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.... <--- Save yourself some money on an o/s until March 2010 and dl the 64 bit version of Windows 7
June 11, 2009 7:07:28 AM

spend 200 more get i7 build, dont buy dead slow, when such a cheap little more gets you Best
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a b 4 Gaming
June 11, 2009 4:53:53 PM

I like Why_Me's build all around. I might initially forgo Crossfire though, at least until or unless I knew I needed it.
Otherwise, there's nothing an i7 build would do for you that's worth the price premium.
Since you won't be overclocking, you can also stick with the stock cooler.
June 11, 2009 5:01:03 PM

agreed with jtt283 about Why_Me's build. It is a very solid build and trust me Why_Me knows how to suggest a good build. I think you would be extremely happy with it!

I would definitely overclock. It is a free performance boost and it really isn't hard at all. If you are really unsure about it you can ask for some advice on the Overclock forums here on TH. I would say it is actually harder to build a computer then it is to overclock. That is how easy it is.
June 12, 2009 1:05:47 AM

Thanks for the build, Why_me! I also appreciate everyone else's comments, it'll give me something to work on- and who knows, one of these days I might give overclocking a try :) 
!