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Two new gaming builds under $2000. What one should I get?

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March 14, 2010 10:39:07 PM

So I'm in need of a new computer and I've put together two builds that i think are fairly solid. However, I am having problems deciding between the two. I still need to pick out a CPU cooler for both builds and I am not including the cost of the OS into the build.


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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as possible

BUDGET RANGE: under $2,000 After Rebates if possible

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games, Movies, Programing (JAVA, C++), Photoshop

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: The cheapest I can find. Please let me know of your favorite sites.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: None really, I like Asus, Antec and Lian-Li but I am by no means Brand loyal. I just want the highest quality I can afford.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes but not right now

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900 for now. I will be getting a new monitor soon as i can afford it.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would prefer to now have a sleek windowless case. I don't want to do crazy colored fans and such. I did that with my last computer and I just want something that looks cool but not flashy.

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I7 Build: $1,984.91

CPU: Intel Core i7-930
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

VIDEO: Radeon HD 5970
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec TPQ-850 850W Continuous Power
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OPTICAL DRIVE: LITE-ON Black 8X BD-ROM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 932
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



I5 Build: $1,720.91

CPU: Intel Core i5-750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: OCZ Platinum 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

VIDEO: Radeon HD 5970
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec TPQ-850 850W Continuous Power
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OPTICAL DRIVE: LITE-ON Black 8X BD-ROM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 932
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



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Ok so there they are. I am by no means set on them in any way. How can I trim the fat so to speak and save some money? Also should I go for the I7 or the I5? To me the roughly $200 difference doesn't seem like a big enough reason to not get the I5.

Some other notes.

I need a kick ass cpu cooler!

I am still not sure about the case. I am more interested in something like the Corsair case or the black CM Cosmos case. I don't want anything flashy, just something that looks sleep like a well designed car. What do you guys think? Just as a reminder I am going to OC my parts so I need good cooling.

I would like make sure I have full support of the new SATA and USB standards that are out.

I'm not set on the HD 5970. I'm also thinking about waiting till the new Nvidia card drops in hopes that the prices for the 5970 will drop. That is unless the new Nvidia kicks ass then I might just get that if it's not outrageously priced.

Lastly, I'm kind of a audio nut. I like to have the best sound I can. I don't think I would be able to fit a sound card with two video cards. I have a set of Logitech Z-5500 speakers for my computer and I would like to make sure that I have onboard audio that will allow me to utilize my speakers to the fullest.

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