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Review before I buy please? Gaming desktop (First Build)

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July 20, 2009 12:14:37 AM

Okay so I have all the parts ready to buy, assuming nothing looks wrong... of course suggestions are welcome :)  I'm trying to keep the budget within ~1300 before shipping/tax (Excluding accessories (monitor, OS, mouse, keyboard, etc.).

Processor
Intel i7-920 2.66GHz LGA 1366 8MB Cache CPU
https://www.antaresdigital.com/customer/product.php?productid=16135&cat=282&page=1"
$272

Power Supply
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139009
$94.99 after rebate/savings.

Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CorssFireX & 3-Way SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U4P
$209.99 after rebate.

Internal Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284
$99.99 after savings.

Case
COOLER MASTER Centurion 590 RC-590-KKN1-GP Black SECC / ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119152
$58.99 after savings.

Graphics Card
MSI N275GTX TwinFrozr OC GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127429
$234.99 after rebate, and then additional 14% on top of this from promo code.
NEED to buy today, unless someone finds a better deal.

RAM/Memory
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227381
$114.99 after savings.

CD/DVD drive
LG Black 22X DVD+R SATA 22X DVD Burner - Bulk LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136168
$27.99

CD/DVD drive
LG 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 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136144
$24.99

TOTAL:$1138.92

Thanks in advance for the help :) . I checked over everything but I might have missed something so bear with me :) .. it's my first time after all :p .

I ended up buying this monitor, btw... could probably be useful information...
ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236052&cm_sp=DailyDeal-_-24-236-052-_-Product
July 20, 2009 12:36:48 AM

Thanks for reply... I wasn't sure about the 2nd drive but sometimes I did need to use two at once in the past... but you're probably right lol. Thanks for advice :D 
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July 20, 2009 1:35:27 AM

It seems like you have a few extra dollars in your budget...

I would not get the gtx 275. It doesn't have a very good price to performance ratio. I would spend a few more dollars and get two gtx 260's. Those will work great with that new big monitor you bought. They are running stupid cheap on newegg right now ($150ish).

If you don't want to invest anymore in the graphics area, get another WD caviar black 640gb and run them in raid 0.

I agree with tecmo, you shouldn't get 2 disk drives, and you should get the caviar black 640, but I say you should get 2 of them. I also agree that you should get the rc-690. It's reviewed pretty awesome on this website, but I don't agree with the price it is right now...
July 20, 2009 1:48:52 AM

Yes, the CoolerMaster 690 is a really good case.
July 20, 2009 1:55:59 AM

Ok, got it :) . Thanks for input.
July 20, 2009 5:34:56 AM

well personally I would get two disk drives, just make sure one of them is a BR drive! after all you are getting a 1080p monitor.

the 690 is great if you can afford it. I would stick with the GTX275 or 4890 depending on your preference. No use going SLI right now when the dx11 cards are just around the corner.
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