$900 for gaming computer plus monitor minus PSU/GPU

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within 1 week or else later around spring 2010 BUDGET RANGE: (~$900 USD, flexible)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, watching video/movies, internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, Windows 7 64bit, optical drive, thermal compound, Geforce 9800GT 512MB
Rosewill RP500-2 500W ATX12V v2.01 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182016

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I like newegg but I like saving money even more COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: none

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my first time doing a build from the ground up so I'm open to all suggestions. Thinking I can keep my current PSU and GPU for a few months then splurging for a new card (or two) when Nvidia releases their DX11 cards. These are some of the things I've been looking at:

SAMSUNG ToC T240HD Rose-Black 24" 5ms HDMI Widescreen HDTV Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001280

Cooler Master HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Chassis - Mid-tower - 10 Bays - Black
http://www.compsource.com/pn/RC922MKKN1GP/Cooler_Master_110/
With free shipping and bing cashback it's $25 cheaper here than newegg

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215

ASUS P7P55D EVO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131407

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231189

ADDITIONAL ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Wasn't sure which CPU fan/heatsink to get, there were a number of highly rated ones with similar prices so I just picked one which was compatible with the 1156 without needing to buy an extra bracket. Not sure about the memory either, I just picked one that was on the mobo's qualified vendor list and had good ratings on newegg. This all comes to about $930, I would prefer to spend less but unless I go with a 1920x1080 monitor or a phenom II x4 instead of an i5 I don't really see where I could make worthwhile cost cuts. If there's a quality non-SLI/crossfire capable motherboard for significantly cheaper than the one I have listed, that might be a worthy consideration as I'm not entirely sold on the merits of a dual video card solution anyway. Thanks in advance for any thoughts/suggestions.
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  1. Your build fits in very well with your strategy for upgrading in the future. If your not going to crossfire you could chose a cheaper motherboard, but I think you should keep your options open and stick with the one you listed.

    One minor suggestion would be to go with a heat sink fan that uses a 120mm fan because it will be quieter in general. Either the Hyper 212 or Xigmatek Dark Knight are good for the price.

    Good luck with your build.
  2. ^+1, i believe both the hyper 212+ and xigmatek dark knight come with a bracket and backplate, and both should fit in your case.

    and this ram has better timings and is only $5 more:

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231276&cm_re=g_skill_ddr3_4gb_desktop-_-20-231-276-_-Product
  3. Thanks for the replies. I think I'll go with the hyper 212 as it's cheaper plus comes in a combo with the processor.
  4. Your power supply may crap out when you install a fermi card when it comes out. Only psus you should get from rosewill are the xtreme 750 and 850 watt(80+ not 80+bronze)
  5. I intend to replace the PSU when I get new cards anyway. I think I'm set on getting the Corsair 750TX, I may just go ahead and buy it now to save the hassle of replacing it in a few months.

    I'm also going to go with the
    MSI P55-GD65 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130239
    since the motherboard I had already listed is no longer on sale. I'll probably go ahead and order everything later this morning once I've drunken enough.
  6. Have you considered this mobo:
    $143 shipped and comes with SATA 3 and USB 3.0 ports!!!
    GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128412

    I do like Black's recommendations on the RAM!! They run at stock voltage settings and are also pretty damn fast w/CAS 7 timings!!
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