Need a little advice on new system build

Hey all,

I'm in need of some advice for my second homebuilt system. The first I built was for my dad and now i'm finally getting one. I'm going to be using the computer mostly for gaming (FPS, RTS, Etc.) and i'm also going to be using it for schoolwork too. I'm trying to keep it kind of cheap under ($1,200). I'm hoping to get a good amount of life out of the computer and I was looking for some help if anyone could see if the parts below are good for what I will be using the computer for. I'm really not sure what RAM is best for gaming, I prefer to stay with some type of OCZ memory because I used the XMP memory in my previous computer build and it worked well (although there is not much gaming done on the 1st computer I built). I don't need a case or a hard drive. Also, Could anyone recommend a decent monitor in the $100-$200 range? Any help is greatly appreciated

(MOBO) Asus P6T Deluxe V2

(PROCESSOR) Intel Core I7 920

(MEMORY) OCZ XMP Ready Series 6GB 1600mhz
(MEMORY) OCZ Gold 6GB 1600mhz

(Video Card) EVGA Gtx 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition

(Power Supply) Corsair 850tx Power Supply

(Optical Drive) Sony Optiarc Black 24x Optical Drive
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  1. Unless you're going to SLI down the road, the PSU is overkill. You can save yourself some $$ and switch to this OCZ 550w.

    You can save more $$ and switch to a 4890 or 5770 or something like that. Here's a good deal on the sapphire 4890
  2. I kind of figured it was overkill, I was also thinking about going with the 750tx which $20.00 cheaper. The only reason I was going with the 850tx was because I wasen't exactly sure if I was going to attempt to OC this system or if I was going to do SLI down the road.
  3. An OC won't really affect the draw on the PSU that much. However, xfire or SLI will.
  4. The 750W Corsair would still allow you to overclock and SLI, but like aford I would recommend something Radeon. Either set of RAM would work fine, but I would recommend this one
    OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop

    Here's a nice monitor
    DELL S2309W Full HD Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor
  5. Forgot about the monitor request. This Acer would be my suggsetion.
  6. Thanks for all the quick responses, I'll have to look into the Acer and dell monitors. I was looking at the platinum for RAM but it was a little out of my price range, it seems newegg has a good deal on the 6gb of OCZ gold with a $20.00 rebate. I think i'm going to change the PSU to the 750tx. As for the video card im not sure which one to go with, I looked at benchmarks and it seems the radeon 4870 and the gtx 260 core 216 are evenly matched, so its still up in the air for me even though the 4870 has more memory.
  7. Didn't see the Gold's were that cheap, you'll be fine with them. Regarding the GPU they are pretty close performance wise, but the Radeon is much cheaper.

    XFX HD-487A-ZWFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported
  8. Wow the radeon is a heck of a lot cheaper than the gtx 260 gpu, thats something i'll take into consideration didn't see that the radeon's were so much cheaper than the gtx 260 cards
  9. For an extra $20, I'd take the 4890 over the 4870.
  10. Nvidia cards are good, but way overpriced in comparison to ATI.
  11. Yea I saw that the nvidia cards were more than the Ati cards. I'm kind of partial to nvidia because I had problems with an ATI card in the past. However, i'm really wondering what to do because the 4890 flat out beats the gtx 260 core 216 superclocked edition in almost everything. Though I've heard that ATI cards run hot compared to nvidia cards. But the 4890 is pretty tempting at the $199 price tag
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