First time builder! Gaming PC 700~800$ish

*EDIT* Waiting a bit longer suggested by dirtmountain. Will bump the topic up later when I am ready!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Withing a week or two
BUDGET RANGE: US$700-800ish
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers
PARTS PREFERENCES: I'd prefer an Intel CPU
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe in a few years not right now
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in a few years, but most likely not

My current computer is a 6+ year old Sony Vaio and I need a new computer to keep up with the new and upcoming games! I'm a little scared to build the computer but I read a lot of tutorials and saw various videos on youtube, that combined with the manuals that will come with the parts I feel like I should beable to do it!

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550
RAM: Crucial 4GB DDR3 1333
GPU: XFX Radeon HD 1GB 256bit
PSU: Corsair 650W
HDD: Western Digital 640GB
CD: LG 22x
CASE: NZXT Guardian
or perhaps the popular Antec 900

Total @ newegg with all the parts added in separately (no combos)
~$685.93 with $45.00 with rebates. Microcenter has the CPU for $50 Cheaper as well
(I used the NZXT Guardian for the case)

I appreciate all the help and tweaking that I will get from you more experienced builders :]
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  1. Since you want to use DDR3 RAM and don't intend to crossfire, this P43 would be fine for you at $94

    Since crossfire is off the table, you can drop down to a cheaper power supply that will be fine for your system. A 500w Seasonic for $60

    or a 500w OCZ for $60 or less if you count the rebate.

    If your budget can take it, try to squeeze in a HD4870 GPU for gaming, $145

    *EDIT* I'd be at fault if i didn't mention that in just 2 or 3 weeks the new Intel CPUs on the LGA1156 socket will be out. The i5 750 and a cheaper P55 would only add a bit to your budget, will probably perform better and won't stick you with the basically dead LGA775 platform.
  2. Ah! I think perhaps I'll wait a few weeks then! Thanks for the news :)
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