Building first gaming rig $1000-$1500

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-2 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $1000-$1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming,watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, keyboard, OS, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION:1920x1080 Or 1920x1200

This is my build so far

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115036

Or

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

Foxconn BlackOps X48 LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186144

Or

EVGA 121-BL-E756-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX SLI Micro Intel Motherboard - Retail
Micro ATX, 2-way SLI and Crossfire http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188051

XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150359


Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136320

ASUS VW246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236049

Patriot Extreme Performance 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PDC34G1600ELK - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220347


This is my first build and my only real dilemma is whether i should go with the new core i7 920 or the Intel Core 2 Duo E8500. Oh and can i get help choosing a case and power supply thanks
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  1. Go with the i7, it fits in your budget. If you were going with the core 2 setup, i wouldn't go with that particular cpu or motherboard. Instead of an e8500, you could get the e7400 and overclock, plus there is no need for and x48 motherboard... a p45 board is much cheaper and offers the same performance, and the x48 uses ddr3 which makes it even more expensive.

    With i7, you will want to get triple channel memory though. With a single 4890, a decent 600W psu will suffice, you may even get away with a 500W, though i wouldn't recommend it. If you plan to crossfire in the future, i would recommend at least 700W. The key when looking for psu's is that 80plus certified, it is for me anyways. Bronze or sliver, even better.

    Take a look at these two:

    OCZ ModXStream 600W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017

    COOLER MASTER UCP RS700-AAAAA3 700W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171032
  2. alright thanks
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