Budget i7 Build, Looking for improvements

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP, hopefully in the next couple of days

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: I'm using this for gaming purposes only

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I'm only looking for the parts I already have listed

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg is best, I would like to get all of it from the same place, however, if there is a site that doesn't charge tax in California that would be awesome.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Anything that will improve my build

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I have a 1680x1050 max 22"

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Looking for price improvements and possibly Performance improvements as well.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.201647 $599.97
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130475 $219.99 ($199.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Free Call of Duty-World at war w/ purchase, limited offer

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006 $119.99
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/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.204205 $124.94
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289 $25.99
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW SATA CD/DVD Burner - Bulk- OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029 $39.98
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007 $8.95
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound – OEM

Unfortunately I live in California so there is Tax…
Subtotal: $1,139.81 Tax: $94.03Shipping: $8.96 Grand Total: $1,242.80
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  1. This build down below saves you some money without cutting back on quality components. But I have to hand it to you.....you did a nice job on that build up above. I didn't know about a few of those combo deals you have posted until just now. "ewiz" is out of Cali, so your going to get taxed on this mobo/cpu combo down below. Not sure about "zipzoomfly".

    Also if you do a google on "ewiz coupons" or "ewiz promo codes" you can take another $5 - $15 dollars off that mobo/cpu combo down below.

    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10006382 $100.00 ($70 after MIR) Free Shipping
    PC Power and Cooling SILENCER 750W QUAD S75CF Power Supply Retail

    http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U4P Combo Price: $492.99 Free Shipping
    GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CorssFireX & 3-Way SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
    Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029 $39.98
    XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835154003 $4.99
    Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130475 $219.99 ($199.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
    EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
    Free Call of Duty-World at war w/ purchase, limited offer

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.199034 Combo Discount: -$7.00 Combo Price: $162.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Free Shipping*
    OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail
    Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151171 $25.99
    SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X 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 Burner - OEM

    Total: $1,046.92 | $986.92 w/mail in rebates

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.aspx?ITPID=mscomsc <--- Save yourself some money on an o/s until March 2010 and dl the 64 bit version of Windows RC 7

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128374 <--- more pics, specs, and customer reviews of that Gigabyte mobo.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341011 <---more pics, specs, and customer reviews of that psu
  2. Knock $140-$155 off your build with this Gigabyte/920 combo:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.203725

    $460 + a $15 MIR.
  3. Question? where do you live? because can save you 80 dollars on the cpu if you live near one? http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0302727
  4. Since your monitor's resolution is 1680x1050 you could save yourself about $100 by going to an ATI 4850 for your graphics card. The 4850 will play all of today's games with most settings maxed out at your resolution. I recommend this card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150337

    No sense in spending double the money for a performance increase that you will not use due to your gaming resolution. Plus with the current competitive video card market you will be able to buy a card with double the performance of the 4850 within a 18 months for the other $100.
  5. ^^ The monitor as I see it is very upgradable, it was free.

    Anyways, the build that I had going didn't last, most of the combo deals are gone now that I went to purchase it.

    So I made a new build, best I could find.

    I plan to purchase it tomorrow as soon as I get the ok from you guys.

    Thanks

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151176 $25.99
    SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007 $8.95
    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231225 $94.99
    G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233015 $8.99
    XIGMATEK XLF-F1253 120mm 4 white LED LED Case Fan - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029 $39.98
    XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.204206 $104.94
    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.207398 $314.98
    Seventeam ST-850ZAF 850W ATX 12V V2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
    EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.208275 $524.98
    Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
    ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

    Subtotal: $1,141.78 Tax: $94.20 Shipping: $27.05 Grand Total: $1,263.03
  6. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341011 $109.99
    PC Power & Cooling S75CF 750W EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

    Also, thinking about going with this psu
  7. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151176 $25.99
    SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007 $8.95
    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130475 $219.99
    EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231225 $94.99
    G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233015 $8.99 x3
    XIGMATEK XLF-F1253 120mm 4 white LED LED Case Fan - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029 $39.98
    XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.204205 $119.94
    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341011 $109.99
    PC Power & Cooling S75CF 750W EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.208275 $524.98
    Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
    ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

    damn tax... Grand Total: $1,300.39

    alright well this is what I just ordered, thanks anyway.
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