$1,500 Homebuilt Gaming System - How's This Look?

Hello community! I suspect I'll receive the answers I'm looking for. :)


BUDGET RANGE: $1,000-$2,000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Playing WoW, potentially playing SW:TOR when it is released, surfing the internet, doing homework, watching blu-ray movies, etc.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, and anything else that will net me a good deal

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States of America

PARTS PREFERENCES: I am completely open to anything, I have been an Intel/Nvidia guy for years, but if AMD, ATI, or whoever has something better to offer, let me know

OVERCLOCKING: If there is enough reason to do it, sure!

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Again, whichever is better, I have a system I'm linking in this thread that has crossfire


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: As the title stated, this is more of a gaming PC than anything else. Please, I am completely open to anything you would recommend that would save me money without losing the power that comes with everything on the list. I want to build a PC that will last 3+ years for MMOs such as WoW, SW:TOR, and anything else that isn't too graphically intensive. I appreciate your help, thank you. I will now include a list of parts I've already gathered.

Case/PSU Combo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.315683
Motherboard/CPU Combo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.324969
Video Card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150455
RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231230
HDD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
Blu-Ray - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136162
Heatsink - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003
Heatsink Adaptor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233038

So, with all of this information, what can I downgrade or upgrade to save money without losing FPS? I'd like to get 100+ FPS in WoW during raids with a large amount of addons at a 1920x1080 resolution. Again, thank you VERY much for your help.

Is the RAM the right voltage? Will all the parts interact properly? Please, any recommendation is welcome!
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  1. You could save some money by using this CPU/motherboard combo and RAM. The i7 920 and the i5 750 perform very similarly in games.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.325118 $434.98

    CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C7 - Retail $109.99

    You could use the money saved towards a 5870.

    You don't have an OS listed. Do you already have the OS? Don't forget to get a 64-bit OS.

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $104.99

    This cooler performs like the Xigmatek one without the need for the extra cooler:

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail $29.99
  2. Some changes:

    CPU: Same as shortstuff
    Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro $190
    RAM: Same as shortstuff
    Cooler: Same as shortstuff

    Saves you $175 (over original build). Same performance for much less. And all of that is overkill for WoW. You do realize that you can't see anything over 60 FPS, right?
  3. GPU/OS combo
    Sapphire 5850 + win 7 $384.98

    The HIS 5850 is $10 cheaper than sapphire if you don't need an OS.

    Don't bother with factory overclocked GPU's. It's a price premium for something you can do yourself with a few clicks in ATI overdrive.
  4. Only change I have is to switch the RAM to the Corsair sticks shortstuff linked to. They've got the same specs for less.
  5. MadAdmiral said:
    Only change I have is to switch the RAM to the Corsair sticks shortstuff linked to. They've got the same specs for less.

    Not any more. The price went up today. The G.Skill RAM is a good choice.
  6. Right you are. Must have happened in the last few hours, it was still $110 earlier. Going to have to remember that...
  7. Oh btw, you're not gonna get 100+ FPS with maxed out settings at 1920x1080 in 25 mans, wintergrasp or Dal.

    xfire 5850's and 3.6ghz i5 and I'm only at 70. It was about 40 with only 1 5850.

    Doesn't matter because a monitor with 60hz refresh rate won't display more than 60 fps anyway.

    Besides, TV is 24 FPS, HDTV 30 FPS, and I don't see anyone complaining...
  8. FYI, HDTVs are 60 hz (minimum) also.
  9. Just fyi, the HIS 5850 his a promo code right now. Lowering the price to 269.99 with free shipping.
  10. Promo code?
  11. I don't see a promo code for the HIS 5850 on Newegg. That deal must have ended.
  12. I got the promo code via e-mail for subscribing. It's "Sweet deals for Valentines"


    Ends 2/8/2010
  13. So this build looks good?
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