New build: $800 Budget

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Whenever

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Movies, Music, Engineering Software (SolidModeling, Coding, etc.)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard and Mouse, OS, Monitor (using a 32" LCD HDTV, Sharp LC32SB21U to be precise)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Microcenter (I live near one)

PARTS PREFERENCES: Partial to Intel CPU

OVERCLOCKING:Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Must have HDMI output to HDTV


Initial Planning:

Case:
NZXT Tempest 109.99 (89.99 AR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146047&Tpk=NZXT%20Tempest

Power Supply:
Corsair 620HX 139.99 (119.99 AR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139002&Tpk=620HX

Processor:
Intel Q9550 169.99
http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0299412

GPU:
GTX 260 Core 216 SC 188.99 (158.99 AR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130433

MoBo:
GA-EP45 89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128372

Optical:
LG DVD+R/DVD+RW 24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136144

Hard Drive:
WD Black 1TB 94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

Final: $748.93

Let me know what you guys think about that
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  1. I dont have time to do any parts research, but if I were you living near a microcenter, I'd drop the Q9550 and do an i7 920 build. To find the extra money, I'd consider a smaller case (save $20-30), PSU (save $20-$30) , and GPU (save $40-$80). If you're only running 14x9 resolution, a 4850 will do do very well and a 4870 will own. That should be more than enough to get the x58 and ram which I don't see listed at all.

    EDIT***************

    Here's the compromises you'd have to make to get a i7.

    Microcenter i7 920: $212 after tax

    MSI X58 mobo $170
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130227

    6 gigs OCZ platnium ram w/ OCZ 700w stealth extreme PSU $175-$20 mir
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.214768

    4850 1gb $105 (if you used the 512mb flavor, you could save another $25)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131163

    WD Caviar Black 640gb HDD: $75
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

    Hunters DVD pick $30
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106280

    $796-$35 + the case. So if you're willing to go over budget a bit and a few compromises, you can do it. Or with the 4850 512, you'd have $64 for a case and still make the $800.

    Just a note on that NZXT case, S+H is $25 just for the case.
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