Need Advise - $950 Gaming System

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Two weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $650 - $950

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming maxed out at 60 FPS and beyond, surfing the internet, watching movies, listening to music, etc.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, optical drive, hard drive (160 GB), Windows 7 Professional 64-bit and case (mid tower OEM case with a very good airflow)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: http://www.newegg.com/

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

MULTI GPU SCALING: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440 x 900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: First time building a PC. I'd like to know your thoughts about the parts I chose and/or if there are better combinations without exceeding my budget limits. I will be using Windows 7 so I need to be ready for DX11 as soon as possible.

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Some parts that I found very interesting and promising for my needs...

I NEED SUGGESTIONS ABOUT RAM (I'm a complete n00b when it comes to RAM)

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

ASUS SABERTOOTH 55i LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131601

ASUS EAH5850/G/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121349&cm_re=hd_5850-_-14-121-349-_-Product

Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371021
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  1. Welcome to the forums.

    Looks like a nice start, I'd get this mobo though
    ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131405&cm_re=p55_motherboards-_-13-131-405-_-Product

    and throw in this RAM
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231279

    and I would buy a new HDD, it'll be far faster
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&Tpk=f3%20500gb

    and an ODD
    LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW SATA
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    It's toward the high end of your budget, but it's a really nice system.
  2. Wow... Thanks for your recommendations... Posted this five minutes ago and I already got a reply...

    ----->>> Great forums...
  3. Pretty good suggestions by jbakerlent.

    I would add, if you are planning on xfire in the future, swap the PSU for something like this. The 650w Antec might be cutting it close.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006&cm_re=corsair_750w-_-17-139-006-_-Product
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