Multitasking and Gaming computer

Okay, I'll try this again, and I'll try to be clearer this time.


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: the next few weeks BUDGET RANGE: $500-$1000 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Multitasking (10+ applications, 50+ browser windows open at a time), gaming (Sims 3, Civilization IV, Starcraft 2 when it's released)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would love to use an intel i5 or i7, but for price considerations I'd go AMD depending on recommendations

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I still have to get one, so I don't know yet. Preferably a high resolution one. Open to suggestions for monitors. :D

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: silent but deadly, mid-range but I want my computer to let me switch between 100+ windows without freezing for 10s at a time. Gaming isn't too extreme but I'd like affordable quality and I'm willing to spend a decent amount of money on a GPU (maybe up to $300), though CPU still takes priority. I'm thinking 8gb RAM unless you think I won't need it.

Issues:

1. For my uses, I'm thinking a quad-core CPU. i5, i7, or some Radeon? Suggestions? (I've been looking at a Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle&cm_mmc=OTC-Froogle-_-Processors+-+Desktops-_-AMD-_-19103808#spec and there's also the 965 which is $20 more expensive and the only difference I saw in the specs was +.2GHz in the O.F. Advice?)

2. I'm looking for an affordable GPU that doesn't have to fit an extreme gamer but also won't slow me down. I've been looking at the Radeon HD 5770 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102858), but I'm a little biased towards nvidia for some reason so I'd go for one of those too, if the price isn't too much more. I'll go as high as $300 if it's a really good value, but otherwise I'd like to stay around $200 or less.

3. Mobos are my weakness, as I hardly know anything about them. If you can recommend a CPU and GPU, can you recommend a mobo too? I'd go maybe $250 if I had good enough reason to. I found an AMD 790 FX for $120 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130223R&cm_re=crossfire_motherboard-_-13-130-223R-_-Product) and an 890 for $200 ($180 after rebate). Both have 4 PCIe slots, but the 890 has 6gb/s SATA and 2 usb 3.0 slots. If you think I should go with one of the two, which one?

4. I could probably find a good case on my own but if you have any suggestions then I'm open for it.

5. I don't know much about hard drives either so if you could point me in the direction of good quality ones (if it even matters) then please feel free to. :D
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  1. Hi there, right, this is what i have so far

    CPU - i5-750 - $199.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215&cm_re=i5_750-_-19-115-215-_-Product

    MOBO - ASUS P7P55D-E Pro - $179.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131621&cm_re=p7p55d_e_pro-_-13-131-621-_-Product
    Cheapest board that Fully implements usb3 and sata 6gbps, a bit expensive, but is a really nice board. Some other people my suggest getting cheaper less feature packed boards, completely up to you, choose your buget

    RAM - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) - $96.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231190&cm_re=gskill_4gb-_-20-231-190-_-Product

    GPU - Ati 5770 - $159.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102858&cm_re=5770-_-14-102-858-_-Product

    PSU - Antec 550w - $69.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016&cm_re=antec_550-_-17-371-016-_-Product

    HDD -SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB - $69.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&cm_re=samsung_f3-_-22-152-185-_-Product
    Fast, 500Gb platters, quiet

    OPTICAL - LG Dvd burner OEM - $19.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136168

    CASE - Antec 300 - $54.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066&cm_re=antec_300-_-11-129-066-_-Product
    if you want better airflow, go for a CM haf 922

    CPU Cooler - Scythe Mugen Revb - $34.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142&cm_re=scythe-_-35-185-142-_-Product
    A must if you wanna OC, as the stock HSF wont cut it

    Total - $887, if you want to splash a bit more, you could move up to 1366 socket
  2. Hereisphilly said:
    Hi there, right, this is what i have so far

    CPU - i5-750 - $199.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215&cm_re=i5_750-_-19-115-215-_-Product

    MOBO - ASUS P7P55D-E Pro - $179.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131621&cm_re=p7p55d_e_pro-_-13-131-621-_-Product
    Cheapest board that Fully implements usb3 and sata 6gbps, a bit expensive, but is a really nice board. Some other people my suggest getting cheaper less feature packed boards, completely up to you, choose your buget

    RAM - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) - $96.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231190&cm_re=gskill_4gb-_-20-231-190-_-Product

    GPU - Ati 5770 - $159.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102858&cm_re=5770-_-14-102-858-_-Product

    PSU - Antec 550w - $69.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016&cm_re=antec_550-_-17-371-016-_-Product

    HDD -SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB - $69.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&cm_re=samsung_f3-_-22-152-185-_-Product
    Fast, 500Gb platters, quiet

    OPTICAL - LG Dvd burner OEM - $19.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136168

    CASE - Antec 300 - $54.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066&cm_re=antec_300-_-11-129-066-_-Product
    if you want better airflow, go for a CM haf 922

    CPU Cooler - Scythe Mugen Revb - $34.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142&cm_re=scythe-_-35-185-142-_-Product
    A must if you wanna OC, as the stock HSF wont cut it

    Total - $887, if you want to splash a bit more, you could move up to 1366 socket


    Wow that's great actually. I've been told it'd be worth it to invest in an i7 so I might go with that unless you think it's unnecessary. I probably will go with a cheaper mobo; I probably won't be able to make much use of SATA 6gb/s and usb 3.0 anyway. That might make up for the more expensive CPU. Do you think it'd be worth it to double the RAM though? 8gb might be much, but with the multitasking I do, I don't want to deal with RAM issues ever again... I think I will go with the CM haf 922; someone expressed concerns about fitting a double-slotted GPU into the 300.
  3. Double hieght GPUs fit fine in a 300, but haf 922 is great also

    an i7 on 1366 socket is better at multitasking, but costs more
    The best (and coincidentally one of the cheapest) boards for i7 is
    GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R - $209.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128423&cm_re=ga_x58_a_ud3r-_-13-128-423-_-Product

    with an i7 930 - $289.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115225&cm_re=i7_930-_-19-115-225-_-Product

    i7 on 1366 supports triple channel ram (multiples of 3), not dual channel, so 6gb is more than enough
    G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) - $149.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231223


    If you want more processing power, but dont want to go for an expensive 1366 mobo, (keeping everything else the same) you can get a 1156 socket i7
    Intel Core i7-860 - $279.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115214

    with this cheaper MOBO
    ASUS P7P55 LX - $110.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131604
    that mobo (and any other on 1156 socket) will support i3/i5/i7 also running 1156 socket
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