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Final suggestions / changes for $1100-1200 gaming PC?

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June 16, 2010 5:56:32 AM

Hi guys,

I've spent the last week or so trying to figure out my new gaming PC build. I started a thread looking for advice a few days ago (http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/287934-31-1000-1200-g...) and I have taken a lot of the advice that some of you guys have given me. Now that I've narrowed things down, I was hoping that you guys could give me any final bits of advise and confirm that all of the hardware I've been choosing is in fact compatible. I would especially appreciate suggestions on which RAM I should get. Thank you very much for your time!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next couple of days
BUDGET RANGE: $1100-1200 after rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, HD video playback (1080p .mkv files), surfing the net
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (windows 7 pro)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States
PARTS PREFERENCES: Listed below
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (unlikely but maybe add another card down the line)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like my PC to be highly reliable and I don't want to have to worry about it overheating this summer when it gets up to 90 degrees with no air conditioning in my apartment.

CASE:
Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Already ordered yesterday, was $80 shipped)

MOBO:
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Can combo with the CPU listed below for $15 discount)

CPU:
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Can combo with the MOBO listed above for $15 discount)

GPU:
SAPPHIRE 100282-3SR Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Buying on Amazon for $300 shipped)

HSF:
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Buying on Amazon for $37 shipped)

RAM:
Three of my best options appear to be:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Can't combo with anything I want, but $10 off with promo code if I order soon)

OR

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Can combo with the PSU listed below for $30 discount)

OR

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Can combo with the PSU listed below for $30 discount)

PSU:
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Can combo with either of the corsair RAM models listed above for $30 discount)

HDD:
Undecided, might combo with something

DVD:
Undecided, might combo with something
June 16, 2010 6:27:49 AM

I've heard from many people that the $20 (since I'm buying the GPU from amazon) is worth it for the sapphire 5850. Thanks for the HDD and DVD suggestions and overall feedback :) 

EDIT: Also, which of the two types of Corsair RAM?

gkay09 said:
The combo of the PSU with Corsair RAM looks better...

As for other parts, you have done your research well...Nice build...

Check out this graphics card...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or with a Free game...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And HDD - Samsung F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 16, 2010 6:38:45 AM

^ Well XFX has Lifetime Warranty and hence they would offer better resale value then...and also XFX is a very good manufacturer IMO...

As for the RAM either would do...I doubt you would notice significant differencebetween those in general...
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June 16, 2010 9:32:08 AM

Should everything I've selected fit on the motherboard well? Also, is there anything else I'm going to need for the build (cables etc.)? I've never built a PC before so this is new to me.
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