Requesting advice on new gaming system

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within 2 weeks preferably BUDGET RANGE: $2000-2500 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (80%), watching movies (20%)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, headphones


PARTS PREFERENCES: anything reputable



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Planning on watercooling for OC, haven't figured out the details, budget for that is separate from the above

Here's what I'm looking at now:

CPU: Intel Core i7-920 - $200

Motherboard: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 - $290

Memory: Corsair XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333(PC310666) - $165

GPU: 5870, when I can find one (any brands I should look for or stay away from?)

PSU: Corsair CMPSU-850HX 850W - $180

Storage: Seageate Barracude 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5 TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $90

Display: ASUS VW266H Black 25.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor- $300

Optical Drive: LG UH08LS10K BD-ROM/DVD Burner - $110

Case: Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - $150

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - $105

By my math, that brings me to $2000. If anyone could give me an indication if any of my components would seriously bottleneck the others, or I could adjust it to get better bang for my buck with similar performance, I'd be very grateful.
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  1. For the 1200, the SG-850 or CP-850 is a better match....the CP is an extreme bargain for that kinda quality.

    RAM link not working. I'd get cheapest one here:

    Win 7-64 Pro gets you "XP mode"
  2. I would avoid the Seagate 1TB 7200.11... it has been know to have ton of firmware issues. I recommend either go with the 7200.12 hard drive version or pick up the 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3.
  3. Ok, so I'll switch the hard drive to the Samsung.

    JackNaylor, when you say that those other PSUs are a "better match," in what way?
  4. The Antec CP-850 is specifically designed for the Antec 1200 case. The Antec SG-850 is one of the best PSU you can purchase and being another Antec, it will work well with the Antec 1200.
  5. Ok, thanks for clarifying that. I'll switch to the CP850, I think.
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