Around a thousand dollar gaming PC

I have a Mock PC up, so far I am at just under $1000 after rebates, shipping and all. I am using due to where I live I have to pay sales tax on

E145-2073 ::EVGA P55 SLI Motherboard - Intel P55, Socket LGA1156, SLI+PhysX, Crossfire

Intel Core i5 750 BX80605I5750 Processor - 2.66GHz, LGA 1156, 8MB L3 Cache, Quad-Core, Lynnfield, Retail

Cooler Master R4-LUS-07AR-GP MegaFlow Case Fan - 200mm, Red LED

Samsung TS-H663B DVDRW Drive - DVD+R 22X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, DVD-RAM 12X, CD-R 48X, OEM

Western Digital WD5001AALS Caviar Black Hard Drive - 500GB, 7200 rpm, 32MB, SATA-3G

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64BIT Operating System Software - OEM DVD, English

XFX HD577AZNFC Radeon HD 5770 Video Card - 1GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready, Dual DVI, Display Port, HDMI

Cooler Master HAF 922M ATX Black Mid-Tower Case - 5 External 5.25" Drive Bays, 5 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays, 2 200mm Fans, 1 120mm Fan

XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W XXX Edition Modular Power Supply & Free 25-Piece Tool Kit Bundle. "Hard-Core Gamer Compatible"

Corsair XMS3 TW3X4G1333C9AG 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 RAM - - PC10666, 1333MHz, 4096MB (2x 2048MB), 240 Pin, Dual-Channel

If I am missing anything or anyone can give me their opinion on something I should change please do it, I am looking to use this PC to play games such as RPG, MMORPG, and RTS. Very little First person shooters. After Rebates, shipping, etc it is currently prices at $997.40. I would like to stay between 900-1100 dollars if at all possible. If I am missing something PLEASE tell me, I want for this system to be capable of Crossfire or SLi if I do change my idea to go with Nvidia before I purchase, looking to buy this setup within the next 2 weeks.

BUDGET RANGE: 900-1100 after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, minor music editing, audio/video converting, surfing the web, play over a surround sound system.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, etc. Just need the tower with everything in it :D

Country of origin:USA

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Tigerdirect, Amazon if need be. NO newegg, I have to pay sales tax for newegg.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Prefer Intel Processor, XFX Video cards, will get other video cards but had experience and like XFX support.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Make sure it is capable, only buying one graphics card for now.


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Will be running Windows 7, like red and black color scheme but if not it isn't a big deal at all, not looking for a pretty case as much as looking for cost efficient and functional.
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  1. I feel your sales tax pain, i live in Tennesse as well (I saw your post in the Graphics card section).

    I've been planning a build for the coming months, just haven't posted about it for that reason, and i've found that it's possible to find combo deals or just regular deals on newegg that negate the cost of sales tax.

    For example if you find a good RAM/Case combo that saves you 30 bucks, it might be worth it to check the prices of the two individually on other sides like tigerdirect an amazon with shipping. For example, ram is damn expensive on Amazon, so it's worth it to get it on newegg.

    As for your build, you're almost build the same thing that i plan to build in the future, it's quite uncanny.

    I know you prefer Intel, as do I, but I've found that AMD processors and their respective motherboards are quite good and, can help save money. Money which you can put toward a Radeon 5850 (Which i have found some goo prices on at Amazon, btw)

    If you are willing to move away from the 200$ I5-750 for a cheaper AMD processor, and maybe cutting down on the case, you might be able to afford a 5850.
  2. Perhaps, thanks for the info, I just wasn't sure if it was better to have power in the processor or video card, knowing both are very crucial, but my current computer bottlenecks at the processor I believe so I guess that has me worried.
  3. Just wondering, does the stock heatsink with the i5 processors allow much room for OC or no, looking at some heat sinks, but wanting to push the processor to close to around 2.9-3.1ghz is what I have heard is good for gaming, very well be wrong since my source for this is friends....
  4. From what i know, not at all. It sucks for Overclocking. You'll probably want to get a separate cooler of some sort.

    Maybe a Cooler Master Hyper 212+, or TX3 i think it is. There are several out there. I would browse around Newegg at ones that have good reviews, post it here, and i'm sure someone can tell you if it's any good or not.
  5. Wanted to add, the biggest worry I have about heatsinks, I have seen my friend's system that was built about a year ago, and his heatsink completely covers up 2 RAM slots.
  6. This is the heatsink that I adore the design.

    Cooler Master V8 CPU Fan - Socket 1366/775/AM2/AM2+,1156, AM3 120mm Fan, Modular Aluminum Fins
  7. That thing looks like a monster, and it could very well cover up your slots.
    A funny thing I've done before is research the motherboard and cooler at the same time, and see what any reviewers might have to say about it.

    EDIT: Here's a good article part of the 5770 review i found. Certainly an interesting chart...,2446-16.html
  8. Wow, that fits the Proc and video card I want, very nice! I think I very well may stick with this right on...but I may change out the power supply with a tough power that is $15 cheaper then the xfx after it's rebate.
  9. Does anyone know for sure or not if the V8 heatsink will cover ram slots? seems like every motherboard has the same amount of space from cpu to memory so...
  10. Here's some pictures i found:

    on this motherboard:

    Not so you can buy it, but look at the measurements, and kinda see how your board would match up with it.
  11. Well you are now one of my favorite people.
  12. Haha no problem, any other questions?
  13. I think I am going to use this heat sink due to it being half the price, and wishing I could hear how well it works out for doing some at least minor overclocking with it.

    and I found out that it will be a good bit cheaper to buy my case off amazon, anyone know if it is a good idea to just buy a smaller case and save the money, or is it a good idea to buy a bigger case?

    ( the tower
    a penny cheaper and $10 less or so on shipping.
  14. Honestly, i would go with the Cooler Master 212+. Everyone here seems to recommend it because it's just that awesome. I've found it pretty cheap on Google Shopping:


    This cooler is a beast. I've never had one, but like i said EVERYONE recommends this thing. You really can't go wrong with it, and it shouldn't cover up your ram slots. Read the reviews if you don't believe me :)
  15. I don't know about that one, I like it, but the fact it doesn't have a solid bottom and it switches materials bothers me. x.x
  16. Is it more important to have the optional side case fan and use stock cooler, or get a big cpu heatsink? or does anyone think I can get a nice sized heatsink, maybe not the V8 but something like the hyper 212.
  17. Also I have that case and it's AWESOME!!! Check out my set up. Under my stats on here. under member configuration.
  18. For inexpensive cpu cooler GET Corsair H50 it's GREAT and relatively easily Modifiable for great cpu cooling .
    Check out this link for H50. here's the link at Tiger for it.
  19. I like it, but I was worried about the v8's price and that is even higher, x.x would love a good....$30 dollar, or just stick with stock for now, and upgrade that when ever I add more RAM or if I add crossfire.
  20. I'm tellin' ya that Hyper Master 212+ looks shady, but everyone here is going to recommend it to you so be prepared :D
  21. Repetativly ive seen the 212 recommended for slight and even medium range OCs. Some people mount an additional fan to the other end to make a push/pull effect through the fins (Best to have the weaker fan pulling). If your case has a top mounted exhaust, Ive heard of people mounting it rotated to eject hot air directly up and out of the case! Sounds great :D
  22. Very awesome, so much to consider, and the rebates I would use, the closest one expires in a week, so I have about that long to decide, hmmm, only things I am sure about are the I5 750, the EVGA P55, and the XMS3. ost anything else I could change, but right now, after rebates I am at ~$950.
  23. If you're willing to spend a bit more, i saw a Radeon 5830 on Ebay for 200 + Shipping (Which is 10 for me, and I'm in the Nashville area)
  24. Perhaps, I am in the nashville area as well, I will look into that, one more question, think I should go ahead and get a blu ray drive? just wondering if it is worth the extra 70 dollars
  25. Blue Ray on the PC hasn't quite caught up to what it is.. Well on a blue ray player. I wouldn't spend my money on it.. Hell i would just buy a PS3 haha
  26. I already own a ps3 and have a ton of movies, and just wasn't sure how long it will be til games start coming out on blu ray
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