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New Build: i5 Gaming (Budget: 1,000$)

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November 26, 2009 10:22:04 AM

Hey y'all, first post here on Tom's Hardware, and i'm gonna test some waters with this build. I'm looking for a new computer to replace this junk :D 
Decided to go with a more budget oriented i5 build (1156) compared with an i7 (1366)

I did some research, and came up with this list of parts.

All prices are from

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz @149.99 (Gonna try and get from micro-center)

SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB @ 309.99

ASUS P7P55D EVO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard @174.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) @79.99

ASUS VW246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor @219.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA @84.99

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout @89.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V @87.99 (after rebates)

Total: $1,227.91
After Cashback: 1105

So the main questions I have is that... Are there any areas of my board where i'm spending too much $? Are there any places where I could cut costs for things that are unnecessary. I'm looking for a one-gpu setup, with cross-fire a possibility in the future. I think I will use a cheap card (4670) to tie me over for a while until the 5850 reaches a price point of about $200, to lower the total cost to about $1,000. I'm looking to lower costs as much as possible.

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November 26, 2009 10:47:20 AM

^ If you have planned to build the PC very soon, then you can check out the deals at newegg -
1. The WD Black 640GB for just $50 - Saved about $35 there...Anyways later on when you need more space, you can add more HDDs

2. CM HAF 922 - Has $35 Mail-In-Rebates...

3. Check out this LCD -
Sceptre 1080p 21.5" for nearly $100 less...

4. Mobo - Gigabyte UD4(but its an mATX though)Or even this board is good - MSI
But that EVO/ PRO are very good boards though...So check if they are available at Microcenter for less...
November 26, 2009 1:40:56 PM

I have about that same system i went with a P55-UD4P for xfire @ a latter time

gkay found some good deals there, I have the WD black 640 he posted and it does a good job the samsung F3 would be a little faster but they been out of stock on thos and the HD 5850 are hit and miss trying to get one .