$1000-$1500 i5 Gaming Build

So this is what I've come up with so far.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next month.
BUDGET RANGE: $1000-$1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, possibly some HD movie watching on occassion. Mostly gaming tho. I have my current pc for downloads, work stuff, and the intrawebz.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com or where ever stuff is cheaper :)

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel for proccessor, Asus for mobo. Nvidia for GPU. Outside of that, I'm open to opinions.

OVERCLOCKING: eh...maybe in the future but I doubt it. Also will probably stick with a single video card....for now

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I've read alot about different case options, and the coolermaster is the one I like the best. Prolly wont sway me on that. It would seem that most folks prefer an ATI video card over Nvidia? I've just had a better overall experience with Nvidia cards, would really like to stick to that.
Mouse, keyboard and all the little stuff I will be getting also, I just didn't include them here as I pretty well know what I want.

Cooler Master ATCS 840 Case

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156

G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB(2x2GB)240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

BFG Tech BFGEGTS2501024DE GeForce GTS 250 1GB

Antec CP-850 850W

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB

LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS-324-98

For the monitor, I'm looking for something in the 24-26 inch range. HD in case of movie watching and what not. I'm guessing that'll probably add ~$500. Any suggestions in this area would be great.

Any suggestions on speakers and a bluray drive(don't really need a burner) would also be great!

I think that pretty well covers it. Am I forgetting anything? If so, please point it out and call me the noob that I am.


Thanks all
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  1. Well, you're a noob for choosing a $180 case, more expensive Eco sticks, a special PSU that won't fit that expensive case, slower and more expensive WD HDD, and all around crappy nVidia (at least right now). If you give with nVidia for gaming, you WILL get a lesser PC. No two ways about it. Maybe when (if) Fermi comes out they'll have something worth recommending, but all of the few indications show they won't. You should also keep in mind that this is a vastly different ATI since AMD bought them a few years ago.

    CPU: i5-750 $195
    Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro $190
    RAM: Mushkin Ehanced Blackline 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $105 after rebate
    GPU/PSU: HD 5870 and Antec Eartwatts 750W $463
    HDD: Seagate 7200.12 1 TB $95
    Case: HAF 922 $90 after rebate
    HSF/Optical: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus and cheap SATA DVD burner $40
    BR: LITE-ON Black 4X BD-ROM $70
    Monitor: 23.6" Hanns G 1080p $190

    Total: $1,438. Unfortunately, the HD 5970 is just a tad over budget, espeically with the need for a monitor. I can't really help you with speakers...
  2. The reason everyone is going for ATI right now is that nVidia doesn't have a DX11 card out at the moment. The upcoming nVidia line will fix that problem, and at that point, we'll get to compare oranges to oranges again.

    If you can afford to wait a month or two, you might want to do that, especially if you've got your heart set on an nVidia card.

    Fully support MadAdmiral's build though. I'm beginning to suspect that he has 3-5 builds specced out with the bbcode already pre-formatted and waiting in notepad for him to cut & paste into a response. Which is what I would do if I had a little more time, in order to increase future laziness.
  3. I actually use other threads I've posted in...
  4. haha
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