New Gaming/Multi-tasking/Recording - $1500/logical amount

Looking to do my first build since Quake 3/1999, so treating myself to what I'd like to be a well rounded, long lasting powerful PC. From what I've been reading, it shouldn't cost me more than $1500.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week/asap. BUDGET RANGE: $1500 or whatever makes sense/best bang for buck.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Multi-tasking/Gaming/Eventual music recording

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Already have Motherboard - ASUS P6X58D-E, and Monitor - ASUS VH235T-P

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Any site that has great customer service/


PARTS PREFERENCES: Pretty much sold on Core i7 930.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (does it really void warranty's?)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (will 2 vid card's ever be necessary with 1 monitor?)


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC, and also one that'll last like 4+ years.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Some parts I've hap-hazardly chosen.

CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 - $89.99 (okay for dust & noise??)

PSU: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro 600 - $69.99 (50% off)

CPU: Intel Core i7 930 - $289.99 (seems like best bang for buck, taking into account system longevity)

HEATSINK: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus - $59.99 (think I read Amazon has 'em cheaper)

VIDEO CARD: 5850/5870/gtx470/gtx480. Really don't know which way to go. Used to be an nVidia fanboy, but I'd hate to spend more than like $350 on a video card, seems silly.

HARD DRIVE: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM - $69.99

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) - $164.00

DVD: Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R - $19.99

KEYBOARD: Have no idea, been using a 1999 Microsoft crapboard.

MOUSE: Something geared towards gaming, but not ridiculous.

Thanks in advance for you expert opinions!
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  1. For your healthy budget no point feeling guilty spending on GPU as it will give ya most gains in your games so +1 on the HD 5870 ^^
  2. Good point on the vid cards, I can expand my budget in the name of system longevity. So the 5870 over the gtx 480?
  3. Ya its a better buy across the board ^^
  4. For mouse keyboard, I have this:

    Currently has a rebate. I do programming and gaming, and it works a treat for both. A bit pricey but I feel it is worth it. Also, go to, call the sales number, and see if they will give you a deal. I got my g35 headphones that way and the final price was less than the site listed.
  5. I really appreciate all the response. I'm trying to pick out a 5870 thats $400, but they all seem iffy at that price range.

    Niklas_13 said:

    ^Why this RAM over the one I had selected?
  6. I really appreciate all the response. I'm trying to pick out a 5870 thats $400, but they all seem iffy at that price range.

    ^Why this RAM over the one I had selected?[/quotem

    tad lower CL and less volts
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