I would like some suggestions please.

Hi, i'm building a new gaming PC and need suggestions/opinions on some parts.

Here is what i'm trying to do:

CPU: i750 or i860 ?
MB: lga 1156 (100-200$) ?
Ram: 4gb ddr3 1600 (120$) ?
GPU: will reuse my current PNY gt9800 1GB
PSU: will reuse my BFG gs550w
HDD: doesnt matter with about 500GB
Case: Antec 902 unless there is something much better with the same price/performance
some DVD drive
windows 7 (not sure which edition but probably the cheapest one)
This is going to be mainly a gaming PC, i hardly do anything else on it other than occasional movie download or converting a video to play on the android phone.
I will be playing titles like COD, Dragon age, Mass Effect 2, Fallout3, some real time strategy, some MMO like WOW + driving and flying games. I will be overclocking pretty much from the start to about 3.6-4GHz so i also need to decide on some cpu fan. I will also upgrade my GPU to 58XX by the summer (possibly earlier) and probably will CF/SLI down the road, will also upgrade the PSU at the same time to Corsair HX850 modular.
Please give me some suggestions and opinions on the built. If possible i would like to avoid buying parts online, specially the CPU, ram, MB and GPU, since i do live close to a MicroCenter and hate to deal with RMA's.
I'm also pretty set on going with Intel although i did consider Amd for a while, but after seeing some benches on here Intel seems a much sweeter deal.
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  1. Budget? Might want to follow the guidelines from the link in my signature.

    To start, if its a gaming machine, you shouldn't reuse your GPU. It's aging rapidly. Definitely spend some cash on the new HD 5xxx series cards (starting with the 5770 at $155). This is why we need a budget.

    CPU: i5 all the way. Or depending on the budget, an AMD build. You really need a new GPU...

    Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro $190. Of course, depends on the BUDGET.

    RAM: Corsair XMS3 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $110

    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB $55. And it does matter.

    Case: HAF 922. Cheaper buy about $20-30 and one of the best.
  2. So you think i750 is a better choice then i860?
    My budget is 400-500 for cpu, mb and ram. The other parts i will either reuse or upgrade later
    I will be upgrading my GPU to 5850 or 5870, but only in a couple of month, right now my Athlon x2 4050e is whats really struggling in Dragon age.
    Could you recommend a Mb at ~150$ range?
    I considered HAF 922 and 932 but really like the Antec 902 (black inside)
  3. I really like the 902 (it's what I'm using), but something to keep in mind is that the HAF doesn't have a window. So it doesn't matter what color the inside is.

    For strictly gaming, the i5 is better because it's cheaper and gives the same performance. Once you start using it for other things, the 860 is better.

    For the motherboard, do you want to Crossfire later or at least have the option? Do you want a board with USB 3/SATA III support? If both of these are yes, then you can't get much cheaper than the one I mentioned above.

    If you want USB 3/SATA III, but not Crossfire, the GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 at $135 is good.

    If you want to Crossfire, but not have USB 3/SATA III, the GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD4 is a good option at $135. It's a micro board, if that matters to you.
  4. I do want the window on my case thats why i choose the 902.
    I will go with i5 because i hardly do anything else on my PC and that money will be better spent on future GPU/CPU upgrade.
    I really dont care about usb/sata but would like have the option to crossfire down the road, and i would like ATX MB with good overclocking ability and i'd rather pay more than get mATX
  5. Fair enough on the case. The 902 is still a good choice.

    That's how I feel about mATX too. Here's an ATX board: MSI P55-GD65 $160.
  6. APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: February

    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:Gaming, surfing, downloading, ripping&converting movies

    PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers. Reusing: BFG GS550w power supply, PNY GT9800 1GB


    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: new egg, but would really like to buy local at micro center in St Louis, MO

    PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel i5 750 or i7 860, MB: asus, gigabyte, evga, msi

    OVERCLOCKING: for sure

    MONITOR RESOLUTION:1280x1024 at the moment with future upgrade to 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200

    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: budget is 400-500$ for cpu, ram, mb. Will reuse PSU and GPU for now and upgrade later to corsair HX850 and ati58XX
    will crossfire in the future
  7. That Microcenter is a good store. Hadn't been in a Microcenter before (I don't live in a big city), and was in the area last weekend.

    Keep in mind that you typically get the Intel CPUs are a discount at Microcenter. So you have more money to spend on the board/RAM.

    As for the upgrade to a PSU, SeaSonic's got an excellent 850W 80 Plus Silver Certified unit on Newegg for $110. It's cheaper and better than that Corsair.
  8. MadAdmiral said:
    That Microcenter is a good store. Hadn't been in a Microcenter before (I don't live in a big city), and was in the area last weekend.

    Keep in mind that you typically get the Intel CPUs are a discount at Microcenter. So you have more money to spend on the board/RAM.

    As for the upgrade to a PSU, SeaSonic's got an excellent 850W 80 Plus Silver Certified unit on Newegg for $110. It's cheaper and better than that Corsair.


    True, the i920 is 229$ at MicroCenter, but 1356 MB's are still 200+ for a decent one.
    Thank you, i will definatly look at the Seasonic when ready to upgrade PSU.
    For now my main concern is MB and ram
  9. I wasn't suggesting the i7-920. I was just pointing out that you could increase the amount you spend on the board since the i5 would be cheaper...
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