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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.
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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