$800 highly upgradable gaming pc

Hey. Looking to build a pc that is quiet and inconspicuous. First home build so I want to get a quality case and power supply that will be reusable. I don't want a lot of LEDs on the case lighting up my room.

I'd also like to allocate more funds towards the mobo so that it is more upgradable. I want to make sure that in a year I can toss in a new video card or even processor without worrying about compatibility issues.

Not sure if I need a sound card?

Would like a wireless / ethernet card if those exist.


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: BLACK FRIDAY (,late november)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: dont need a keyboard, mouse, monitor or speakers.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NEWEGG USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: would like intel cpu

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600 x 1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like a quiet pc. also dont want a flashy case that.
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  1. been reading the guide to choosin parts and thinking i want :

    Intel P55 type mobo

    ddr3 memory

    not sure about processor??? dual core or quad core???? ??
  2. If you are not buying until late November, best to solicit advice in about a month, aka early November. Even though it is only a month, a lot of new things have been coming out right now and in a months time the best choices will have changed.
  3. The price of components tends to drop over time. Here's a list of components that come to about $900 right now. You could probably get a similar system for about $800 in November.

    Intel Core i5 750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215

    GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128400

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.246586 $354.98

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231279

    SAPPHIRE 100279-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102849

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.256323 $234.98

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&Tpk=samsung%20f3%20500gb

    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116677

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.259577.22-152-181 $149.98

    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042 $54.95

    Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371022&cm_re=antec_750w-_-17-371-022-_-Product $109.95

    Total - $904.84
  4. would a 500w power supply be sufficient? or is it necessary to go higher?
  5. 500w PSUs are hit or miss. The more important stat is the amps on the 12v rail. 20-25 min for the 4870. The other thing to look out for is the 4870 uses 2x 6pin pcie connectors. Much better to buy a PSU with the correct connections than using adapters. We'll have to wait and see just what is on sale on Black Friday.
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