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June 17, 2010 3:22:06 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: I would like to complete this build before August.

BUDGET RANGE: I would like to keep it under $1000 for the items I don’t have yet.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming (wow, Diablo 3, & Star Wars: The Old Republic, when they come out), surfing the internet, watching movies/T.V.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard,mouse,monitor,speakers

PARTS FROM MY OLD SYSTEM OR PARTS I HAVE ALREADY BOUGHT:
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 260
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200 500g
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
HSF: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg Tigerdirect Mwave
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel
OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: not at this time but maybe in the future

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I know I don’t have demanding needs, but I would like a PC that will last 4-5 years without me feeling like I need to build another.
MY MAIN ISSUES ARE: (the items I have not bought yet)
1. Choosing between 2 motherboards GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or ASUS P6X58D-E.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
After reading the review on Tom’s I’m leaning towards the GIGABYTE.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/x58-usb-3.0-sata-6-...

2. Which ram to buy, while the blinking LEDs on Crucial Ballistix Tracers http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... are cool I don’t think it’s worth the extra money.
So I’m down to CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3. Waiting until Q4 for G3 SSD or buying the Intel X25-M 80g
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I would like to put the OS and WoW on the SSD.

4. I know the i5-750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
would be more than enough for my needs and is about $100 cheaper but I’m going with the
i7-930.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5. LITE-ON for the CD / DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
not an issue just throwing it out there. I’ll wait to get a Blu-Ray

Any suggestions or opinions would be a great help. Thank you in advance.

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June 17, 2010 3:33:05 AM

Going x58 is for mainstream gaming is a waste of money as 8 threads doesn't do anything for gaming. But, hey your loss.

CPU/MOBO combo
GA UD3 and i7-930 $485
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM
Either Trident 6gb kit or PI 6gb kit $195 for trident, $180 for PI.
Both are great, the Trident's will hit CAS 6 at 1600 speed though.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$20 random Optical

GPU
5850 $277
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductCombos.aspx?Item=N...

Comes to $942

Can't fit a 5870 unfortunately.
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June 17, 2010 4:24:43 AM

Well, as you already have a gtx 260, do what banthracis said, but sell the gtx 260 and buy a 5870 instead of the 5850.
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June 17, 2010 6:19:40 PM

+1 to general suggestions given.

(i7 930 + UD3R
good (G.Skill) RAM (those tridents are pretty good)
5850 or 5870)
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June 18, 2010 11:48:13 PM

Best answer selected by BismuthAK.
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