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Budget gaming pc - what would you change?

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October 1, 2009 11:43:58 PM

First of all, I'm building this pc on ncix.com seeing as I'm canadian. I just always refer to this website for any hardware related questions so I thought it would be a good place to ask^^ I play around in sony vegas a bit but the pc is mostly for gaming, Mostly just games on the source engine but then I often play certain games for a week like crysis, fallout 3, grid and such. I'll likely be playing at 1920x1200 or 1920x1080.

Antec Earthwatts 650W Power Supply ATX12V V2.2 EPS12V Active PFC 80PLUS 120MM Fan
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=30037
81.25

Western Digital WD1001FALS Caviar Black 1TB SATA2 7200RPM 4.2MS 32MB 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=31000
95.28

Intel Core i5 750 Quad Core Processor Lynnfield LGA1156 2.66GHZ 8MB Cache Retail Box
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=42499
218.88

G.SKILL F3-16000CL9D-4GBRH Ripjaws PC3-16000 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-2000 CL9-9-9-27 Core I5 Memory Kit
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=42749
106.99

XFX Radeon HD 4890 HD489XZSFC 1GB 850MHZ 1GB 3.9GHZ GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI HDTV Video Card *IR-$15*
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=42996
207.63

ASUS P7P55D LGA1156 P55 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI 7SATA CrossFire GBLAN 8CHANNEL Audio Motherboard
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=43123
164.99

Coolermaster Haf 922 Mid Tower ATX Case Black 5X5.25 5X3.5INT Front Audio USB eSATA No PSU
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=38996&promoi...
109.98


total is about $1110 after taxes. If I wanted to get this slightly lower, is there anything you'd change without sacrificing too much? or is there anything that's going to improve my system a lot for a bit more? Just whatever you'd change.

Also, can someone explain the difference between the following two mobos? Or can I safely save $15 or so?

ASUS P7P55D LE LGA1156 P55 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI Crossfire GBLAN 6SATA IDE Motherboard
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=43124&vpn=P7P55D%20LE...
149.99

ASUS P7P55D LGA1156 P55 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI 7SATA CrossFire GBLAN 8CHANNEL Audio Motherboard
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=43123&vpn=P7P55D&manu...
164.99

I'm also a little curious about what would be the first things to upgrade in the future with a pc like this?
I'm definitely ordering a pc tonight or tomorrow. Just looking for some final feedback before I find something I regret the minute after I order>< Thanks for any help!

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October 1, 2009 11:56:36 PM

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=26415&vpn=CM...

This would be a much better PSU. It may be overkill right now, but as far as future upgrades, this will last you longer. Don't slump on PSU, ever. I've done it, and lost near $500 in parts. This also has a single 12v, this is supposed to be much more stable for CF if you plan to do it later.

It is also $10 cheaper if you do the MIR!

If you wanted a slightly inexpensive case, you could go with this: http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=26048&vpn=RC-690-KKN1...

It has good cooling for the price and room for alot of fans (if you have a fan fetish :)  ). It would also free up a little more cash for a much better quality PSU.
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October 2, 2009 12:04:28 AM

Heh.. That was the case I was initially looking at. That's going to be a tough decision:x I really like that haf and apparently it's really good case. Easy to install heatsinks as well ><

I don't see why you thought that corsair psu would be $10 cheaper, I see about $9 more but I think I'll still definitely be switching up that psu though so thanks a lot! Do you happen to know the difference between those two mobos? Am I missing out on much with the cheaper one? Thanks again for your help:]
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October 2, 2009 3:00:30 AM

To be honest, the two boards aren't significantly different that i can tell. maybe someone else sees something. For your needs, i'd say go with the inexpensive board.


Don't get me wrong, the case is dead sexy! if you want it, hell get it. I was just recommending a cheap alternative so you wouldnt skimp on PSU... never skimp on psu haha
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