$800-1200 Gaming system

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Would Like to purchase within the month.

BUDGET RANGE: $800 at least and $1200 at most.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photo Editing (Photoshop), Gaming, Surfing the net, listening to music

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: neweggs and even amazon if possible.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Core i7

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200, will use an old 21in CRT and wish to switch to an LCD in the future.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like to take something that is as cheap as possible that will give me great performance. My PC that I currently have is falling apart and want to get some new, instead of having to replace parts on this old one.
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  1. What OS are you planning on using? You'll want a 64-bit OS. You can pre-order Windows 7 Home Premium for $99.99 until tomorrow. Here's a build that would work great for your intended use:

    Intel Core i7 860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115214

    ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131405

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.273249 $434.98 (CPU + motherboard combo)

    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066&cm_re=antec_300-_-11-129-066-_-Product $59.95

    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&Tpk=g.skill%20ddr3%201600%20cas%207%204gb $94.99

    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 $54.99

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754 $99.99

    SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102858

    Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Power Supply - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371025

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.274500 $234.94 - $20.00 MIR (GPU + PSU combo)

    SAMSUNG SH-S223B 22X SATA DVD Burner Black Drive Bulk
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10010832&prodlist=celebros $29.99

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065 $29.99

    Total - $1,039.82 - $20.00 MIR
  2. Option 1: $1,097.90
    CPU: Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
    MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD4 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
    HSF: COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU ... - Retail
    PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail
    GPU: XFX HD-585A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
    DVD: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223B - OEM
    Case & HDD Combo: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive & COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

    Option 2: $1,157.89
    CPU: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
    MOBO: ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    RAM: G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7T-6GBPK - Retail
    HSF: XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail
    PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail
    GPU: XFX HD-585A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
    DVD: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223B - OEM
    Case & HDD Combo: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive & COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
  3. Between the new socket problems and old overvoltage issue, I am now hesitant to recommend a P55 motherboard. The socket problem in particular has me very concerned. I dont know why the story isnt getting more attention.
    http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=3661
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/budget-p55-motherboard,2436.html


    I would go with Tecmos #2 i7 920 build with x58 motherboard.
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