APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week
BUDGET RANGE: 1000-1200 After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: surfing internet, gaming, home video editing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, other sites fine too.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: prefer full tower case, prefer gigabyte motherboards
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe later
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 may upgrade next year
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want a system than can stay usable for several years with light upgrades. I usually play games that are a little old (my newest games are Call of Duty 4 and Empire Total War). I need to do some editing of home videos (1394 stream from camera, light editing, burn dvds)
I looked at Newegg site and came up with a proposed build. I appreciate your suggestions.
You have made good choices for components. I think, it is good to go.
My only comment is that the 750W PSU is too much for single GPU but I assume you got it on a bundle with the Antec 1200, so it is OK.
Did not see that bundle with the PSU ... nevertheless ... A HAFF-922 or an ANTEC 300 ILLUSION with a Corsair ~650Watt would xFire 2x5850s without breakin a sweat and would cost (combo) less than $200 (even without any special deals).
Another heatsink that I think would be a good alternative to the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus, if it doesn't come back into stock is the Kingwin XT-1264 $35.
I think the rebate on that Corsair set is hard to beat, hopefully you are planning on using it, otherwise Alvin is right in that there are cheaper sets.
I couldn't find an 890fx motherboard for close to the same cost so I'm going to stick with the 790xta.
The corsair memory advertised slightly better timings, and with the rebate is $5 cheaper, but if the ripjaws is better memory I will get that.
What are the advantages of the 250 gts? I see it is a little cheaper. How does it compare in performance?
I just want a quality case that gives me plenty of room. I selected the antec 1200 because of the powersupply combo and good reviews on newegg. If the 650w psu has plenty of headroom, I will look at it paired with the cases you suggested. It would save me a little money.
Does it matter much which model of samsung, asus, or sony dvd drive I select or just the cheapest?
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