$1000 gaming i5 PC.. any suggestions before I pull the trigger?


BUDGET RANGE: ~1000 before rebates, but I'm flexible

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the net with many windows open at once, listening to music

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers



PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference really


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not important, but it's cool to have the option

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 for now, but will be purchasing another monitor soon.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: So here's the system I'm looking to get. This seems to be the best way to spend my money based on the hours of research I spent here, but if anyone has any better recommendations for any of the parts, let me know.

Purchased already:

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
Price: $94.99

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail
Price: $109 ($99 after mail in rebate)

HD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM
Combo Price: $154.98

Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ... - Retail
Price: $29.98

Optical Drive: LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
Price: $28.99

TOTAL: $485.44 (after tax and shipping)

Left to purchase:

Processor: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail
Mobo: ASUS P7P55D LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Combo Price: $329.28

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Price: $59.98

GPU: ?? (currently waiting for 5850)

Thanks for the help!
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  1. Looks great, one thing I would change is the HDD - check out the Spinpoint F3 500GB it is faster than the WD.
  2. Looks like that one has been recently deactivated on newegg.. I'll look elsewhere. Down the line I would like to add a duplicate drive and set them up to raid 0.
  3. Hm ok, I like that, thanks! Recommendations for another case?
  4. How can I tell which HD is faster? Checking benchmark info the only way?

    Edit - checked benchmark info and those spinpoint drives are FAST.
  5. Bump.. updated my list.
  6. One reason why the Spinpoint F3's are so fast is their high platter density - they fit all 500gb onto a single platter (denser platters improve performance and 500gb is currently the biggest platter). Good choice on the case. Finally, just a side note, the HSF comes with thermal paste so you don't need to purchase the Arctic Silver if you don't want to.
  7. Sweet... thanks a lot jbakerlent!
  8. Purchased part of my setup.. need a GPU still!
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