New Gaming PC / $1500 budget w/o Monitor

Thanks in advance for all replies and help, hope I provide enough info and some of you are kind enough to offer some advice!

I'm going for a pretty solid PC, that's flexibile with lots of multi-tasking, and fast-loading for large maps/MMORPGs as well as the horsepower for FPS's. I'm someone who likes to build a new solid system every few years, then just throw $200-300 at it every 6 months with a new upgrade (adding in a 2nd GPU for Crossfire, or adding another stick of RAM, or doing a mobo/cpu jump).

Edit: Updated a few things


i7-860... Microcenter for $229


GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD3R LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard $139


Corsair 850 TX $139


Gigabyte Radeon 5850 1GB $309 @


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000) -- $95


HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.B HD31000 IDK/7K (0A38016) 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s -- $64.99


SILVERSTONE RAVEN RV02-BW Matte black 0.8mm Steel ATX Full Tower -- $159

Monitor/Keyboard/Mouse Combo:

Dell ST2310 23” w/ wireless keyboard/monitor for $198

--and a copy of Windows 7 Premium 64-bit

Coming in at $1470 with combo/mail in rebates

Any room for improvement?

Once again, thanks for advice and suggestions. You guys have helped me tons in the past to figure out what the best system is for me.
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  1. PS- Monitor-wise: I'd like to stick around $180-260. I'd like to go 22"-24". I'm not a big fan of buying monitors online that aren't uber-guarenteed as they seem to have like a 20% rate of having dead pixels from my experience and I don't want to deal with an RMA hell as I don't have a backup monitor. I was looking at Dell's in that case, but if a great deal/suggestion could be made, that would be excellent. I obviously want to play max reso on most games at 24" with full settings
  2. CPU: I5 is best performance for money. 920 is overkill for gaming.
    Mobo: all of the Asus and Gigabyte boards are great, pick the one which suits your needs/price best.
    PSU: Good choice
    Storage: or 7200.12 1tb if you dont buy when its still on sale 7200.12 1tb > this, get it if this is off sale
    Case: or
    Monitor : or The ASUS is a very very nice monitor, $209 w/o webcam but sold out, Dell overprices really bad on monitors.
  3. Is that RAM not a bit low? Wouldn't 6GB offer a decent performance boost? I do a lot of multi-tasking.

    Also, is a better monitor? I don't mind paying $40 more to know if there's a dead pixel they'll overnight me a new monitor.
  4. Also, that Hitachi drive looks great for storage, but what about for OS drive?
  5. 4gb is all that is really needed. 6gb is for the i7-920 and is not supported by the i5.
    The Dell and the Asus are the same specs. I have the Asus and I love it, zero dead pixels.
  6. I live about an hour from a microcenter.

    is it worth paying $20 more to go with an i7 860 over the i5? i can pick it up for $229
  7. Yes.
  8. Okay, updating the original post for i7 build now....appreciate updated advice
  9. updated~
  10. Seems like in about 4-5 months I can add on a SSD and maybe a few months after that a second 5850 and be good for awhile further than that
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