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January 7, 2010 7:08:16 AM

Alright so I'm putting together a tower for gaming and work. Help me out with getting the good deals like you guys are so good at. Is it just me or are Newegg combos kinda bad nowadays?

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Tomorrow or the day after

BUDGET RANGE: 900-1000 Before / After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, engineering work, surfing the internet, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, speakers (unless you know of a great deal)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg and Tigerdirect (if need be)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: none, I think I'm going with i5 unless i7's premium is worth it given my system usage

OVERCLOCKING: Some

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably not given price constriction

MONITOR RESOLUTION: using a tv for now (1366 x 768)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: a nice, sleek, understated black case would be nice

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Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P7P55D EVO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(is this worth it for the money? similar mobos go for $50 less)

EVGA 896-P3-1257-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OR (worth extra $55?)
BFG GeForce GTX 280 Video Card - OC Edition
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(is 8gb viable with my budget?)

Hitachi Deskstar OS00163 IDK/7K Internal Hard Drive
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
(tiger has better deal)

OCZ ModXStream Pro Power Supply
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 24X DVD-R SATA Black 24X DVD Writer - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and some keyboard and mouse combo

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January 7, 2010 10:41:40 AM

I recommend getting a Samsung F3 1 TB instead of the Hitachi
January 7, 2010 6:36:08 PM

bump. you've, been helpful already - any last comments?
January 7, 2010 6:52:24 PM

Good stuff,

I might get a windows 7 upgrade though. any comments on a good monitor (and maybe speakers)
a b 4 Gaming
January 7, 2010 6:57:04 PM

Why would you get an upgrade version instead of OEM? The upgrade won't let you do a fresh install without jumping through a bunch of hoops. The OEM version is the way to go IMO. Unless you're a student and can get Windows 7 for $30 from www.win741 I don't see any reason to buy an upgrade version of Windows 7 over the OEM version.
January 7, 2010 7:07:16 PM

I'm a student. Thanks though.

Any other combos you know of? or improvements to the build?
January 7, 2010 7:15:30 PM

That or I'll get it from my school. The windows 7 ultimate upgrade is $6.95. Didn't know that when I posted.

Thanks for the combo, any advice on the monitor?

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a b 4 Gaming
January 7, 2010 7:25:46 PM
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The monitor's not bad, but the shipping is $16.33. These two have free shipping:

ASUS MS226H Glossy Piano-Black / White 21.5" 2ms Ring Stand & Ergo-Fit HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000 :1 - Retail $179.99

Gateway FHD2102bmidgz Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor w/ Built in Speakers 300 cd/m2 20000:1(DC) w/ Built in USB ports - Retail $149.99

These ones have cheaper shipping:

LG W2230S Glossy Black 21.5" 5ms 1080P KickStand Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail $159.99

Acer X213Hbid Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 20000:1 (ACM) - Retail $159.99

All the above monitors are pretty nice. You might even want to check locally so you can see them in person before buying. I ended up buying my Samsung monitor from Sam's Club.
January 7, 2010 8:14:09 PM

nice, thanks.
a b 4 Gaming
January 7, 2010 8:16:32 PM

No problem. Good luck with the build!
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