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Building new gaming system ~1000 budget

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August 8, 2009 11:28:21 PM

Purchase Date is probably in 1 or 2 months.
WIll use the system mostly for gaming and surfing.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor (Gateway 24" LCD), keyboard, mouse, speakers, etc.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

So far this is my list:
SILVERSTONE SG01-B Black Aluminum MicroATX Desktop Computer Case - OEM
$119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor
$219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996587
$52.99 after $5.00 Mail-In Rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

VisionTek 900244 Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
$139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner
$26.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Power Supply
$99.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total: ~$850 pre-tax

Are there any suggestions for parts with better value or parts that won't be compatible with each other. I know the case is MicroATX so space could be an issue.
August 8, 2009 11:44:56 PM

My brother is currently using that quad core in his rig and it is actually really good and on par, if not a little bit better for gaming then a 920 i7.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Go with that ram instead, its 2$ more and is DDR2 1066 which gives you higher overclocking headroom then the 800.

I would also say pick up a 4890 instead of the 4870 because for a little bit of an extra price you should notice a substantial difference at 1920x1200. Its not like your budget is anywhere near 1000$ without shipping/tax anyways :) 

Besides that everything else looks fine... is all your stuff going to fit in that case though is the question.
August 8, 2009 11:56:03 PM

My only suggestions are to get a bigger case and faster DDR3 RAM (which also requires a new motherboard).

This set of RAM has extremely low cas latency timings and is pretty fast, making it great for gaming.

As for motherboards, I would suggest this one.

And cases are completely preference. I would go for a roomy Full ATX Tower, but it's up to you.

Cheers.
Reese
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