Approx $1500 Gaming Rig

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Very Soon

BUDGET RANGE: $1200-$2000 (the cheaper the better)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Graphics

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS, keyboard, mouse, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com and other reliable sites

OVERCLOCKING: probably a little, and plan to SLI in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: unknown, looking for recommendations on this

PARTS IM LOOKING AT:

i7 920

EVGA E758-TR 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

EVGA 896-P3-1257-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI - Retail
I am looking to possibly SLI in the future

COOLER MASTER HAF 932
really undecided on this, also looked at the antec 1200...
not sure if I need a case this big or if I can get by with a mid tower, but I am looking at air cooling as opposed to water cooling...


CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail
this should be enough for now i think but is it enough for future upgrades or should i look at 800-850W?

OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail

VelociRaptor 150GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

WD Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

LITE-ON 22X DVD Burner with LightScribe

Xigmatek THOR'S HAMMER HDT-S126384 CPU Cooler - Retail

ASUS VW246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
Might hold off on buying a new monitor for now and would probably buy from a retail store but any suggestions are welcome

So as you can see ive got an expensive build on my hands any suggestions to lower the price or if anyone sees two products that will not work together please let me know...also id rather buy a more expensive part now then have to upgrade a cheaper one after only a couple of months
THIS IS MY FIRST BUILD! so any advice will help
Thanks
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  1. Dont get the raptor, a 500GB seagate 12 series beats it in everything, check out the charts section on this site.

    For that monitor i would suggest a GTX275 rather than a GTX260, it is significantly more powerful.

    Also, dont forget about combos
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.231911
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.230277
  2. +1 for the above posters suggestions.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197 $99.99
    COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CMPSU-750TX-750-Watt-Certified-compatible/dp/B000X2677A/ref=pd_cp_e_3/183-2092868-8077464 $105.99 Price after rebate: $95.99
    Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750-Watt TX Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply compatible with Intel Core i7 and Core i5

    http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U4P $488.98 | $473.98 after rebate Free Shipping
    GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CorssFireX & 3-Way SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
    Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029 $44.98 Free Shipping*
    XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

    http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=FAN-MX2 $4.49
    ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound

    http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=GA-GTX275C $219.99 Free Ground Shipping
    GIGABYTE nVidia GeForce GTX275 OC 896MB DDR3 DVI/HDMI PCI-Express Video Card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.231148 Combo Discount: -$7.00 Combo Price: $212.98 Free Shipping*
    OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106288 $28.99
    LITE-ON Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner with LightScribe LightScribe Support - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236049 $219.99
    ASUS VW246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail
    With HDCP support

    Total: $1,426.38 | $1,401.38 w/rebates

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-sli,2298.html <--- dual gtx 275's in SLI > gtx 295

    http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/landing/haf922/ <--- Cooler Master HAF 922
  3. b]Lets see if I can help you out.

    So here is a PSU/Mobo Combo that will save you some money.
    1. Corsair Memory CMPSU-850TX: $139.99 Free Shipping*

    2. EVGA 132-BL-E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 : $299.99 Free Shipping*

    Combo Discount: -$15.00
    Combo Price: $424.98
    $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card
    $20.00 Mail-In Rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.237350

    Graphic Card/CPU Combo.
    1. EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit: $229.99 Free Shipping*

    2. Intel BX80601920 Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz: $279.99 Free Shipping*

    Combo Discount: -$20.00
    Combo Price: $489.98
    $20.00 Mail-In Rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.228462

    Case
    Cooler Master HAF RC-922M-KKN1-GP: $99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197

    b]Get this Ram from Amazon.com it is over $30.00 cheaper then NewEgg has it.
    OCZ OCZ3P1600LV6GK DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz 6GB Platinum XTC Triple Channel Kits $113.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping.
    http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-OCZ3P1600LV6GK-PC3-12800-1600MHz-Platinum/dp/B001NFZ5PQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1251006988&sr=8-1

    HDD
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache $94.99 Free Shipping*
    (72 hour only, 10% off with promo code HD8251X)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

    CPU HSF Cooler
    XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail $44.98 Free Shipping*
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029

    DVD Burner.
    Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM $29.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118030

    Monitor
    ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen Built in Speakers $189.99 ($169.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate)
    Free Shipping*
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236059

    Items you will need.
    Thermal Compound.
    ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail $4.49
    http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=FAN-MX2

    You will need this 8-pin Power Extension Cable for most Cases that has Bottom Mounted PSU.
    1ST PC CORP. 12" 8-pin EPS extension cable Model CB-8M-8F - Retail $8.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812706004

    Subtotal without MIR's being deducted or shipping costs = $1506.36
    MIR's total $80.00
    Total with MIR's deducted from Subtotal and before shipping costs = $1426.36

    *note: The WD 1TB Black has another 10% off if bought before 8/28/09 which would be $10.00 off.
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