Please tinker/help!

BUDGET RANGE: ~$1,200-1,400 AR

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: General use/heavy PDF opening/editing, gaming (like play starcraft 2/Diablo 3 type games-but not WoW types), general usage/web browsing, DVD decrypting, dreamweaver/flash, photoshop-i want this computer to haul a$$.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, case (i'd like to use old antec sonata II if possible)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: anywhere so long as it is cheap and reliable. Amazon and Newegg I guess.. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA



MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 (will move up later when I buy a new monitor, but not for a lyear at the earliest), & a 50” plasma, unknown resolution

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I love you guys. Thanks in advance for all the input!!

I already have a i7 920 I got for $150 and I will be getting an Intel 160 GB X25M SSD (SSDSA2MH160G2R5) for $250

Settled on the following thus far:

MB: ASUS P6X58D - $310 @ NewEgg
RAM: Corsair 1600 DDR3 6GB - $175; $155 AR @ NewEgg
PSU: Corsair HX 750W (CMPSU-750HX) - $143 @ Amazon
VGA: Sapphire 1GB 5770 - $160; $150 AR @ NewEgg
Cooling: RR-B10-212P-G1 - $30 @ Amazon

CPU (Purchased) i7 920 - $150
SSD (soon purchased) Intel X25M - $250

Recycled from previous build:
20" Dell 2005FPW monitor, DVD+-RW ATA drive & Antec Sonata II case...and maybe Audigy 2 ZS Platinum if I can make it play nice with Win 7

Total: $1188 AR.

and will buy a little USB bluetooth adapter and possibly wireless N card at some point.

So where am I going wrong? The biggest thing I'm looking at modifying is the MOBO. it has excellent reviews but is EXPENSIVE at $310. USB 3.0 won't be out soon and I wont use SATA III likely for a very very long time (making it worth much less). Whats a GREAT mobo without those features? Should I go with slower RAM or different brand? Will I need more cooling?Should I get a larger PSU? (off another member's recommendation) I figured I'd get one with good efficiency to save on energy bills in the long run.

Thanks guys!!
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  1. take a look at the evga x58 3x sli mobo.... its about 2 hundo and good for overclocking
  2. Another day and another near identical post about building a new PC.... even worded the same for the first few lines everytime
  3. I'm sorry Ulysses35, could you point me to the one that would help me the most please? If there's already a thread on it I'd be happy to find my answers there.
  4. $150 for an i7 920? That's a great deal...

    The Asus motherboard OP selected have better user reviews than EVGA. If OP is willing to pay the premium for it, I think the better. Anyway he got a very good deal on the i7 920 already.
  5. motamedn said:
    I'm sorry Ulysses35, could you point me to the one that would help me the most please? If there's already a thread on it I'd be happy to find my answers there.

    Nevermind, motamedn. You don't need need to apologize. You have every right to open a new thread for your own need. You have already done good by following the way how to ask for help and that is a good start. Of course it will help to read other thread but the help you will find here in your thread will be very specific to your need.
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    Your GPU choice is fine for your crrent resolution but the monitor upgrade you mention will leave the 5770 a bit short.
  7. Thanks guys. Yeah JackNaylorPE: I was worried about that. I've never done crossfire before (my last build is I think actually 8 years old now that I think about it...time flies) but I figured if I get a new monitor maybe I'd get a 2nd 5770 at that point on the cheap. could that then support a higher res or would that require a higher card like a 5850?
  8. Best answer selected by motamedn.
  9. OK I think I settled on waiting for the Lian-Li PC-B25S. I'm sticking with my mobo and everything else. I will keep looking for discounts on 5770/5850 cards until the Lian-Li is available. Right now I'm thinking stick with a 5770 and add a 2nd in crossfire when I actually do get a new monitor. Otherwise everything is staying the same. Thanks everyone
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