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Finally got the cash to build a new home pc (mainly gaming)

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February 22, 2010 6:07:53 PM

After scrimping and saving I finally have the cash to build a new home PC. Caveats ~$1200 to spend, and I already have a Gigabyte GTX 260 (216). In fact it was buying this video card that forced me to start saving for a new PC, as the PSU in my current rig just barely has enough power to run this card. By barely enough power I mean I have to unplug my DVD, CD and floppy drive.

Here are the components I'm thinking of getting. I'm going to go ahead and get a second GTX 260 and sli it with my other one.

Motherboard Gigabyte GA-P55-UD5
CPU Intel i5-750
Case NZXT M59
Video Gigabyte GV-N26S0-896I
Power Supply Corsair CMPSU-750TX
Memory A-Data 8 gb ( 4x 2gb) DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
Hard drive Western Digital WD1001FALS 1TB
Optical Drive Samsung Black 22x DVD+R, 8X DVD+RW

Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated. It's been 7 years since I built a PC, so want to make sure I'm not being a numbskull in selecting my parts.

Thanks in advance
Kyle
February 22, 2010 6:16:36 PM

Not a very good gaming build. If I had $1,200, here's what I'd build:

CPU: i5-750 $195
Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro $190
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115. 8 GB is not needed
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $90. WD is getting killed right now.
GPU/PSU: HD 5870 and Antec Earthwatts 750W $463 after rebate. Buying any nVidia card right now is a bad idea.
Case: HAF 922 $90. The M59 is good, but you need something a little larger
Optical: Cheapest SATA DVD burner $25

Total: $1,168. If you need Windows, it's in a combo with the board for $280. If the OS needs to be in budget, drop down to a X4 955 and Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 build.
February 22, 2010 6:17:20 PM

Build looks good, 8 GB of Ram is overkill, i would drop to 4GB (G.Skill or Corsair are solid) and Western digital HD drive is good but you can save some money and look at the samsung F3 1TB for less.
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