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Upgraded Build now $1000 - Please Critique

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September 18, 2009 7:18:57 PM

Sorry guys, I know you already helped me, but the game has changed a bit. I decided to get a newegg preferred account and signed up for 12 months no interest, but I have to spend $1000 to qualify for that offer. Or I could do $500 no interest for 6 mos. at newegg then pay cash for any lower priced parts at other retailers.
Well here is what I have so far, this time I came up with my own stuff, so let me know if there is something better out there!


EXPERIENCE WITH BUILDING A PC: Not too much, previously installed a gfx card, memory and hard drive and that's it.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: The day the HD 5770 comes out (september 22?)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming (with movies, surfing internet, and word processing distant 2nd)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor- 22 inch viewsonic, seagate 320gig hard drive

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg unless a really good deal

PARTS PREFERENCES:




CASE AND POWER SUPPLY


http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...
PC Power and Cooling SILENCER 750W QUAD S75CF Power Supply
99.99 + free shipping

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Antec Twelve Hundred ATX Gaming Case
Our Price: $139.99

Case+ psu= $239.98



PROCESSOR

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Core i5 750 Processor Boxed

Our Price: $159.99


MOTHERBOARD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

$109.99 Free Shipping*





Graphics Card:


ATI HD 5770 - will be around $300 at Newegg hopefully





RAM and Operating System

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

1. . Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM



2. CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 - Retail newegg

1. Microsoft 66I-03525: $109.99

2. Corsair (XMS Series) CMX4GX3M2A1600C9: $99.99

Combo Discount: -$5.00
Combo Price: $204.98
$20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card pdf
Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $184.98




DVD DRIVE

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HP Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA 24X Multiformat DVD Burner LightScribe Support - Retail
Free SimpleSave software with purchase, ends 9/30

$33.99




TOTAL FOR BUILD = $1029












ALTERNATE CASE AND POWER SUPPLY


*Combo http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Antec Twelve Hundred 750 Blue Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case 750W Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16811129063
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

*

BELKIN F5D8001 32bit PCI N1 Wireless Desktop Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16833314024
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

-$40.00 Instant
-$74.99 Combo


Case + PSU + wireless card= $249.99 +14.99 shipping= $265 (I wouldn't get the wireless card, cuz it has crap reviews- but it's free with this combo.)



OVERCLOCKING: Yes- totally willing to try

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: sure, whatever is most powerful- higher performance single card or two cards at lower individual performance/price

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: It's a pet peeve when my graphics card overheats and dies so hopefully a case with excellent cooling abilities, i don't care about noise so much


Also, Thank-you in advance for any suggestions and sorry I don't have any real parts preferences, I have researched quite a bit, but the forum debates are overwhelming !!!! lol

GAMES I PLAY OR WOULD LIKE TO PLAY: Empires: Total War, Crysis Warhead, Supreme Commander, Far Cry II, Flight SimulatorX, Rise of Flight, Storm of war: battle of britain, COD4





Please critique this and let me know if I can do better for less. I know people will probably tell me to get the antec 300 Illusion instead of the 1200 but I am just paranoid about cooling when I overclock and may someday use the extra room. I have had bad experiences in the past with non-overclocked heating disasters. I also tried to make it as future proof as possible without huge spending.

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September 18, 2009 7:25:38 PM

How good is the cooling on the haf case obsidian?
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September 18, 2009 7:30:47 PM

one of the best cooling cases
September 18, 2009 8:14:12 PM

The HAF 922 is a mid tower, not a full. The HAF 932 would be comparable to the antec 1200; the Antec 900 or 300 Illusion would be comparable to the HAF 922. All 5 are good cases with good airflow. IMO you should pick between them based on price and aesthetics.

A HAF 922 at $70 is a great price, but if you try to buy it there - its special order so no reliable shipping date and shipping is $23. Some of the cases at newegg get free shipping, which is huge for cases.
September 18, 2009 8:35:53 PM

Thank for the input guys and just to clarify, I don't care at all about aesthetics, I do care about cooling and price...so Ill have to keep comparing these cases. Right now it's between the:

Antec 300 Illusion - like the price

Antec 902- seems pretty good, does it have filters for dust?

Haf 922- more expensive but might be better cooling with 200mm fans x2, also don't like the unknown ship date, and no dust filters

Antec 1200- wouldn't have to worry about cooling or upgrades, but expensive

PLEASE, help me pick, i'm bad with these decisions lol!
Does the rest of the build look solid though?
September 18, 2009 9:14:08 PM

ok just ordered these two things so takes care of motherboard and processor:

New! Intel Core i5 Processor i5-750 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1156 CPU, Retail
I5-750BOX $335.99
Combo $335.99

GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD4 Socket 1156/ Intel P55/ DDR3/ CrossFireX&SLI/ A&GbE/ MATX Motherboard
MB-P55M-D4 Combo Return Policy
Sub Total $335.99

Coupon Saving

-$40.00
Tax $25.90
Shipment method: UPS Ground Shipping & Handling $0.00

Total $321.8
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