$1000 Gaming Rig


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (e.g.: somewhere around the holidays) BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 1000) Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: programming, gaming, school

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers

newegg.com/ I have a Fry's like 5 miles from me COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA




ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This a work/play combo, I want it to do both hard. Oh, and be flashy.


Potential Parts
MSI P55-CD53 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor

EVGA 512-P3-1150-TR GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PLEXTOR Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X CD/DVD Burner LightScribe Support

Seagate Barracuda LP ST31000520AS 1TB 5900 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ

OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

Scythe S-FLEX SFF80C 80mm Case Fan
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  1. Why do you want to get that hard drive? It is slow? But if you're trying to go green then it would be okay. This http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284 or this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185 would be better if you're looking for performance.

    Also, that MSI motherboard won't be able to do SLI or Crossfire. If you like MSI boards I would recommend stepping up to the GD65 or GD80 boards. I have personally used the MSI GD65 boards on about 8 builds so far. They work great.
  2. Dump that hard drive. Look at the samsung spinpoint f3 or the WD caviar black drives.

    If you're thinking of SLI down the road, you may need a beefier PSU. I would look more at the corsair 750w.
  3. Ok. Will definitely switch out drives.

    As far as the motherboard, why do I need/want SLI or Crossfire?
  4. That's up to you. You responded 'maybe' in your first post.

    It's a decent way to upgrade your graphics without having to go out and get a replacement/higher end card.
  5. Ok, can someone actually explain what they are?
  6. The simple answer is, it's when you have 2 of the same video card, and you use a bridge to connect them. They work together to improve the graphics output. It requires a board that supports it.
    You can read more about it here
  7. Cool. Alright, umm, yeah. I'll probably upgrade. Thanks.

    Oh, If I had the budged would you recommend the velociraptors?
  8. I'm very happy with mine...fast and quiet. I would recommend them to anyone.
  9. SLI is 2 or more nVidia SLI capable cards
    CrossfireX is 2 or more ATI CFX capable cards

    When you do SLI or CFX, it is recommed that you get the same card, but you can
    SLI a 9600 GT with a 9800 GT or CFX a 4870 with a 4850, but that's not going to give you the best bang for your buck because when you do SLI or CFX, both cards will run a the lower speed of the 2 cards and does not combine video ram. So if you have a 512mb card and a 1GB card, it will only use the lowest of the 2, which would be 512 mb.

    Most of the new X58 and P55 Intel mother boards will let you do either or. Otherwise you have to buy a motherboard that will do either SLI or CFX. The MSI P55 GD-65 and GD-80 will do both. MSI is releasing a new board with a chip they call the Big Bang which will let you mix ATI and nVidia cards, which is a calling for a lawsuit by both companies and might not actually get released.

    If you've got a huge monitor and want to run games nicely on it, then SLI or CFX would be nice. Otherwise one Mid to High end GPU should you good. The GTX 260 will play all games nicely and so will the ATI 4870.

    If you plan on running multi-gpus, then you should also get a bigger power supply. Something like 850 watts will be safe. But if you plan on high end cards like the GTX 295, or GTX 285, those cards are power hunger and that 850 watts might not be enough. It also depends on how much you want to overclock. If you think you're gonna be extreme, then get a bigger power supply with more amps. I think you should be fine with that OCZ.
  10. I'm thinking about crossfirex on lga1156, but I read that the GD65 supports 2 PCIX8.
    Is that the same issue with the GD80 or does the GD80 support 2 PCIx16. Please let me know because I'm deciding on a build and I'm trying to choose between lga1156 and AM3 motherboards.
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