Requesting advice on new gaming system Tags: New Build Systems Product Last response: November 28, 2009 4:20 PM in Systems Share phantom_sword November 27, 2009 11:46:31 PM 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 PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA PARTS PREFERENCES: anything reputable OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200 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 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115202 Motherboard: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 - $290 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131365 Memory: Corsair XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333(PC310666) - $165 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145220 GPU: 5870, when I can find one (any brands I should look for or stay away from?) $410 PSU: Corsair CMPSU-850HX 850W - $180 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...orsair%20850HX Storage: Seageate Barracude 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5 TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $90 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148337 Display: ASUS VW266H Black 25.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor- $300 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...=ASUS%20VW266H Optical Drive: LG UH08LS10K BD-ROM/DVD Burner - $110 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...LG%20UH08LS10K Case: Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - $150 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-043-_-Product 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. More about : requesting advice gaming system JackNaylorPE November 27, 2009 11:57:44 PM For the 1200, the SG-850 or CP-850 is a better match....the CP is an extreme bargain for that kinda quality. http://www.silentpcreview.com/article971-page7.html RAM link not working. I'd get cheapest one here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... Win 7-64 Pro gets you "XP mode" m 0 l tecmo34 November 28, 2009 12:18:27 AM 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. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer phantom_sword November 28, 2009 3:01:38 PM 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? m 0 l tecmo34 November 28, 2009 3:08:52 PM 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. m 0 l phantom_sword November 28, 2009 4:20:01 PM Ok, thanks for clarifying that. I'll switch to the CP850, I think. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !