Need Help with a Gaming build - $1,000

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))

BUDGET RANGE: $1,000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming!

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

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.!

PARTS PREFERENCES: I like Intel/MSI.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 for now - may upgrade during Black Friday!

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Onboard sound preferable! Hmm, I don't have any really detailed preferences aside from that, I just want something that will last for quite a while!
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  1. Maybe something like this

    Intel Core i5 750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215

    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

    ASUS EAH5850/G/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121349

    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

    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006&cm_re=750w_corsiar-_-17-139-006-_-Product

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

    SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151192

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

    Comes to just under $1000
  2. What kind of ram should I get?
  3. Well as a follow up to jbakerlent's post, if you decide to go with the i5/1156 socket on the p55 then any DDR3 4GB of 1066mhz+ and CL9 or lower from a good manufacturer will pretty much be fine. If you want go 8GB but it will most likley exceed your budget.
    And I think the Corsair 750 is a bit overkill, try a Corsair 650, it will save you some $ and still be plenty to power you. If you are absolutly sure about going crossfire in the future then maybe a 750TX would be a good investment.
  4. The ram is fine and everything but for your PSU I recommend: Corsair 650TX Power Supply
  5. jbakerlent's build is not good for your situation at the momemt 1680x1050, but when you upgrade your monitor to 1920x1080+ then the 5850 is good for you

    this heatsink is better at a lower price:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    get this power supply, the one you picked is too pricey and sucks:
    this corsair psu will be enough for 2x5850 if you decide to get another 5850 in future
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005&Tpk=Corsair%20650TX

    the dvd drive you picked is decent
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106335

    this ram is better:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231276

    for the rest of the parts, follow jabakerlent's build
  6. blackhawk1928 said:
    Well as a follow up to jbakerlent's post, if you decide to go with the i5/1156 socket on the p55 then any DDR3 4GB of 1066mhz+ and CL9 or lower from a good manufacturer will pretty much be fine.

    +1, forgot to paste the link.

    One note the 650TX won't support crossfired 5850s because it only has two PCI-e connectors (and it's out of stock), so if you plan on crossfiring then go for the 750W one I linked above or this one
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371025
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