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$1,000 Render/Gaming PC (Please evaluate)

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February 5, 2010 4:14:59 AM

Yes, I know. $1,000 Render/Gaming PC? I'm doing what I can with what I have. I'm way behind the curve with tech these days. I've researched a potential new system build and would greatly appreciate if someone could take the time to look over my intended system to see if I chose/missed anything that could be problematic.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Today
BUDGET RANGE: $1,000 (After Rebates)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Primary: Rendering (Poser) & Gaming. Secondary: Digital imaging, light audio mixing, light video editing, authoring, and miscellaneous tasks. Yes, I know.. ..what I'm buying is going to struggle with everything.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor; provisionally. Keyboard, mouse, & speakers are covered.
PREFERRED WEB SITE FOR PARTS: Newegg.com - U.S.A.
OS PREFERENCE: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
PARTS PREFERENCES: CPU: Intel (i5-750, i7-860, i7-920?) // GPU: Radeon // Memory: 6-8 gig // MB: Dependant on CPU // PSU: 650W? // Case: Not looking for bling. Ideal case is a Cooler Master Cosmos 1000. Love the look, but $179 seems way overboard for my $1,000 limit.
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe. Might be willing to experiment, but not immediately.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not likely. Might be nice to have the capability for a later date, but not mandatory.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900 (I realize this is low. Willing to upgrade monitor, but might not happen right away.)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I tend to do complete system rebuilds approximately every 2 years, but may replace video cards, drives, etc., and/or upgrade CPU or memory at any point as needed.

What I've come up with:
CPU: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - $199.99

HS: 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 - $29.99

MB: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $139.99

RAM: OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) XMP-Ready Rev.2 Desktop Memory Model OCZ3X1600R2LV4GK - $105.99

GPU: XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $169.99

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

DVD: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 24X DVD-R SATA Black 24X DVD Writer LightScribe Support - $32.99

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade - $109.99

CASE: COOLER MASTER CM690 II Advanced Black Steel body / Plastic + Mesh bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $99.99

PSU: COOLER MASTER GX Series RS650-ACAAE3-US 650W ATX12V v2.31 SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $99.99

TC: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM - $9.99

Total: $1,083.89

As I wrote at the start, I'm asking for someone to look over the above options to validate that everything I scouted out will work well together and/or if anyone has any better suggestions.

I realize this won't be a powerful system, but it'll get me up and running. I'll make upgrades when the possibility presents itself.

Thank you (in advance) for your time and effort with this.

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February 5, 2010 4:50:03 AM

Whoa dude, thats a lot of system bashing you got going on there. I think your build will be totally capable of performing all the tasks your looking for. Im a week away from building my first system myself and it is very similar to yours. My budget is $1100 though and thats including a $200 monitor, so you may have some room for savings.

First off is that case. You might be able to save some money by getting this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also maybe save some bucks on the PSU, consider:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... This one will be 40 bucks after mail in rebate.

I saved a lot by getting a bangin' deal on my i7 860 and Biostar TP55 mother board combo at Fry's for $262 after MIR. Finding deals like so can really help fluff up other parts of your system. Even at what your currently at, I think it will perform well at games and rendering.
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February 5, 2010 5:03:58 AM

^ That is a good build...some suggestions....
1. Check this PSU + HDD combo...this 600W OCZ will also suffice for your setup and also can handle 2x HD 5770s too...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

2. Some case options with Free Shipping...
Vanilla CM 690 as these PSUs dont have sidewindow, I dont think you would notice much difference between those
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Nice looking Lian-Lis...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3. RAM - Definetly this one for its price...
Corsair
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4. Graphics card - Dont buy that closed-type cooler card...it runs hotter...
get this one...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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