$800 Gaming PC

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within two weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $800 or less before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: World of Warcraft, Bioshock type games, RTS games, and the internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor (1280 x 1024 19 inch), speakers, and EVGA 9500 GT 1GB GPU.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or any good site in the US.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Looking for i5 quad core

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a case with a window and colored lighting. My biggest concern is selecting parts that are compatible with each other. I will be buying Windows 7 from Best Buy because I already have a gift card for the store. Can I get a way with buying the upgrade version if I have an XP computer I don't use anymore?

Combo deal: $424 (mobo, processor, & ram)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.259529

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115215

ASUS P7P55D LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813131404


Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C8D3K2/4GX - Retail
Item #: N82E16820104141


Combo deal: $135 (case & ps)
http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingCart.aspx?submit=ChangeItem

Thermaltake Purepower W0121RU 600W ATX12V V2.0 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - Retail

Thermaltake SopranoRS VG7000BWS Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

HDD $85
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

DVD $33
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151188

Total price $717


Please let me know if there are better options. Thanks in advance.
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  1. Unfortunately you can't directly upgrade from XP to Windows 7, you need to go to Vista first.
    Other than that, it looks like a solid system, you may want another fan, and/or a non OEM heatsink, but other than that it looks good
  2. You can upgrade from xp with the upgrade version, but you will likely need the xp media (the cd)
    http://lifehacker.com/5152335/windows-7-upgrade-details-for-xp-and-vista-users
  3. What I have is an "XP upgrade" disc and key. I think it should works since I never used the upgrade. I will cross my fingers. I bought it off the shelf, if wasn't from a computer manufacturer.
  4. it doesn't matter if you've used it or not. All the upgrade asks is for you to insert the disc during the beginning of the install. You'll be fine.
  5. This would be better performing ram for slightly cheaper
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231279

    I noticed the HDD you picked out is out of stock; this would be a good replacement
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284
  6. That PSU is a POS. The little red voltage switch and low 70% efficiency are a dead giveaway of a ticking time bomb. It looks like you have a little wiggle room left in your budget. I would check out this case/PSU combo:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.245581 $189.94 (Antec 900 + Antec TP-650)

    The RAM in your combo is CAS 8. You can get the faster CAS 7 RAM pepperman mentioned above in a combo and save some money at the same time.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.263459
  7. What is the difference between the following? The part that concerns me is: Use of this OEM System Builder Channel software is subject to the terms of the Microsoft OEM System Builder License. This software is intended for pre-installation on a new personal computer for resale. This OEM System Builder Channel software requires the assembler to provide end user support for the Windows

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1PK DSP English Full - OEM
    Pre-Order special, offer ends 10/20
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754

    and

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116713
  8. The OEM version, the first one you listed, is licensed only for installation on 1 PC - meaning you can't move it from machine to machine.

    The Retail version, the second one you listed, is an Upgrade license intended for PCs that already have, e.g., Vista installed on them.
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