$1500tops Media/Gaming rig

BUDGET RANGE: $1200-$1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Media Center, Gaming(MMO's, but also Oblivion, Farcry1/2, Dragon Age: Origins, Mass Effect 2)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor/display(19" CRT great resolutions and have a large desk already so no need to pitch it), Mouse, Speakers


Intel CPU Core i5 Clarkdale 660 LGA 1156
Intel CPU Core i5 Lynnfield 750 LGA 1156

Graphics Card:
GIGABYTE GV-R585D5-1GD-B Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail

GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard w/ USB 3.0 & SATA 6 Gb/s - Retail

Power Supply:
Thermaltake Toughpower W0223RU 750W ATX 12V 2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200 CRT max res, HDTV 1080p. Will use both @ same time.

I plan to use this PC in my 'entertainment room'. I plan to purchase a 720p or 1080p HDTV to go with this rig, and I already have a stereo system. It's not surround sound, but I have 4 80w floor speakers +amp/receiver already rigged up in the 4 corners of the room.

For gaming, I don't do anything extremely high-demand like MW2 or Crysis max settings. I just like the extra power so I can turn the settings all the way up on the games I will enjoy, which are listed above.

The main questions aside from any tips/concerns about the part selection are:
1.) Which CPU(listed above) is better for my purposes? I plan to make this PC last 4 years+ w/o upgrade to CPU or mobo.

2.) If I have someone watching a TV show on the TV playing off the HDD, and I want to play a game @ the same time, will I need some more elaborate HDD storage solution like raid, 10k RPM or an SSD to avoid any stuttering in the video or the game? Otherwise, I just plan to get a single 1tb Western Digital.

These are the parts I like, but do they make sense to you guys? It will be my first home build from scratch. My first PC was a barebones case+psu+mobo/CPU P4@3.0ghz. I also need a good case suggestion given all the above's the one thing I have no clue how to pick it out, what to look for and such. :) Thanks so much guys!
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    I would certainly pick the i5 750 over the dual-core i5 660. You can save some money on the motherboard and power supply since you will only be using a single graphics card.

    GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $134.99

    Antec EarthWatts Green EA-500D Green 500W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $89.99

    The 1TB Samsung F3 drive is faster than the 1TB Western Digital drive due to higher data density.

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $89.99

    You don't have any RAM listed. I recommend this RAM:

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail $114.99

    Cases really come down to personal preference. What look are you going for on this build? The Antec Two Hundred is a nice low-cost case.

    Antec Two Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $49.95
  2. good choice man
  3. Best answer selected by FenrirXIII.
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