New pc help

I'm looking to buy a new desktop pc within a month or so. The pc is mostly going to be used to play mmorpgs like Aion, Rose Online, Ragnarok, WoW, and some other related games, as well as some photo/video editing, and video conversion, listening to music and playing movies (dvds and blares doing college work, and Internet usage. The pc is going to be hooked up to a 42" LCD tv (to watch the movies and play games). I want the pc to be usable/futureproof at least for more than 2 or more years. Also, I would like some good cooling in the desktop (maybe water cooling and/or more fans and a good case that has good airflow, and maybe some cooling for the graphic card(s) ) as I will be leaving the computer on most of the days/nights. I don't mind where the pc could be customized from (ibuypower, cyberpowerpc, etc...) as long as the casing looks ok. I was thinking of at least these specs for it:
6gb ram (don't know if ddr2 or ddr3 as long as it does the work and a little affordable)
300gb 10k rpm hard drive (no ssds to keep low cost)
nvidia geforce 285 gtx 1gb (could be higher and sli, would like some advice if I should get water cooling on it/them).
Q9650 @3GHz processor (could be i7, but I would like to know if the i7 has more benefit over the quad-core, as well as it will benefit more from ddr2 or ddr3).
Budget is around $3.4k, but less is even more welcomed :). Thanks for the help ahead of time.
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  1. If you want it to be "futureproof" then an I7 is the way to go, or alternatively a Core I5.

    What parts do you not need? i.e. OS, monitor etc.

    Also, is that $3.4k in american dollars? You can get much better for that kind of money if it is.
  2. Hey guys ,
    I was trying to build one for my self too.So, mind aswell post it in here the questions that i have.

    Intel® - ATX Desktop DP55KG Motherboard (Socket LGA 1366)
    Intel® - Core™ i7 860 Processor
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 OC 1GB GDDR3

    or

    Intel® - ATX Desktop Motherboard 6.4GT/S QPI (Socket LGA 1366)
    Intel® - Core™ i7 920 Processor
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 OC 1GB GDDR3
    (question in here : if i go with this one..which graph.card should be my second on the board? or will i even need to dual-grap. card on this?)


    These 2 configurations..i m stuck and cant really decide...

    On a side note,I am gamer and i am a totally vmware-workstation freak(networking and security applications).Rather than that i just want smth very very smooth.
    I dont like to play with parts, like trying to overcloak or anything like it.I d like to pick the one which will be more usefull,stable and more upgradeable in the future.

    If you guys can guide me through this , i d be greatly appreciate...

    Thanks in advance...
  3. The thing is , i m stuck between p55 and x58 chipsets , i guess...
  4. Amu, why not build it yourself? For that kind of money, there's no reason you can't get an i7, SLI, and an SSD or two.
  5. build: Well, I actually need all of the parts, it's going to be a brand new pc since I don't have one. And yes it is in American dollar.

    Leo2kp: So you would recommend me to build my own pc? I guess I could give it a try, but on that part I really don't know what parts would be compatible. I mean, I've tried going to newegg and just grabbed parts (didn't buy) to see how much I would spend, and it was around $2k. The only thing was that I wasn't sure if all of the components were compatible/worth it/usable, also I wouldn't like to bottleneck the pc. What components would you recommend me?
  6. Well Amu, go http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice and make a post in that format. With that information we could help you put together a great machine, likely for less than 2k.
  7. @Amu_17 Here's a build to get you started:

    Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz
    +
    SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100269VXLE Radeon HD 4890 1GB
    Combo Price: $454.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.231066

    ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58
    +
    CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600
    Combo Price: $364.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.251037

    Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel
    +
    Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power
    Combo Price: $174.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.245583

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
    +
    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit for System Builders w/ free Windows 7 upgrade coupon
    Combo Price: $179.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.259577.22-152-185

    LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model
    $28.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    Grand Total:* $1,203.91
    $30 Mail in Rebate

    Alternatively you can get the recently released 5870 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150443

    If you feel the need to add a second graphics card later on, then the 750W PSU should be able to handle it. You still need a mouse + keyboard of course, and whatever extras you want.
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