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Gaming System under $1,500 including monitor

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February 17, 2010 12:15:59 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Early/Mid March

BUDGET RANGE: < $1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (WoW, SC2, Diablo 3, Light Photoshop, General Internet)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com / open to suggestions

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.A.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Thinking AMD but open.

OVERCLOCKING: No immediate plans

CROSSFIRE: No immediate plans

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024? higher the better

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Right now I'm just playing WoW on a Macbook (and lagging like crazy). But I will most likely want to play SC2/Diablo 3 when they come out. Would like to somewhat "future proof" the machine if possible. Might switch to dual monitors down the road. This will be my first build and my first time picking parts, so I am open to suggestions for a cheaper alternatives that accomplish the same things

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Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail - $59.95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $99.95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel X25-V SSDSA2MP040G2R5 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Retail -$129.95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS VW224U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail - 169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail 309.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail - 119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Quad Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5Q-8GBPQ - Retail - 179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ965FBGMBOX - Retail - 179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM - 104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thoughts?
February 17, 2010 12:53:55 AM

I doubt a 40GB SSD is worth it to you. It's going to fill up way too fast unless you are just using it as a PS scratch disk.

This Kingston looks to be a nice choice at 128GB:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or just wait 9 months for the next gen SSDs that are supposedly going to be faster and cheaper.

And of course niklas is right and you only need 4GB of RAM... unless your definition of "light Photoshop" is different than mine.

On the monitor, niklas has a good budget choice there. However, a newer design LED backlight type will give you better color and consistency in your PS work... I own the non-LED version of this monitor and it's pretty fantastic in gaming. The LED version will only be better:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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