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Revised $1000 i5 SLI gaming pc

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Anonymous
July 25, 2010 9:58:29 PM

Here is the revised build if I choose to go with Intel:

CPU- Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750
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MOBO- ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
[$359.99] http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
[$104.99] http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
[$74.99] http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU- Galaxy 60XGH6HS3HML GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) GC Version 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
[$249.99] http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
NOTE- I am unsure if this is the 'good' out of stock GTX 460 that you fellows recommended if I want to SLI later on. Could someone please steer me in the right direction?
EDIT- I forgot to mention that my current monitor has a resolution of 1920x1080, but that I am considering an upgrade later on.

PSU- CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
[$89.99] http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
NOTE- Is this a quality PSU?

CASE- Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
[$54.99] http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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
[$49.99] http://www.pricebat.us/cooler-master-hyper-212-plus-int...
NOTE- Out of stock everywhere besides Newegg (at inflated price). I might purchase it elsewhere later for $20 less.

ODD- Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM
[$19.99] http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermal Paste- Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM (and a free reading light! XD)
[$9.99] http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

TOTAL- $1,014.91 (before rebates)

I forgot to mention that as I live in Alaska I will be paying $130 extra for shipping.

(Here is the original thread for those of you interested or wanting more information; I tried to take all of the suggestions: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/290961-31-1000-gaming...)
July 25, 2010 10:33:53 PM

I definately reccomend the GTX460.. it should absolutely be the card... HOWEVER... ther are much better versions than the Galaxy.

The ABSOLUTE best 460 out there is the PALIT sonic platinum 16 - this is the oen that most people probly reccomended you and it is out of stock. I was lucky enough to get one ordered on wednesday, should be here tomorw :) 

They are selling like hotcakes... the 2nd best version is the EVGA superclock
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's $209, which si a great deal and its overclocked about 20% vs a normal - well worth the $10 extra dollars. If you were goign to SLI... i'd get two of these. No need for the 1gb versions if you plan to SLI.
Anonymous
July 25, 2010 10:37:09 PM

So they are pre-overclocked? That should save me some trouble.

Thanks for the quick reply by the way, that was exactly the answer I needed.
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July 25, 2010 10:38:26 PM

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/palit_gtx460_so...
Theres some hard data for the GTX460

Two of the EVGA's in SLI will smoke a sotck 480, so that's a good route to go

about the rest of your build... the hyper 212+ is definately a agreat choice for heatsink. I have one of those I got for $30. Cant remember exactly where I ordered it from, but i saw it on logicbuy.com on sale. -Make sure you get some good thermal grease as well (arctic silver 5 would be my reccomendation)

That's a good power supply too! if you do get a 2nd 460, that PSU will still be fine running yoru whole system... so you're pretty set in all your components.

Here's some hard data on GTX460 superclock sli benchmarks vs GTX480
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-460-sli-revie...
Anonymous
July 25, 2010 11:19:33 PM

Thanks for the tip wardy. It looks like a better cooler. EDIT- Free thermal compound is also included with the Scythe Mugen 2, so it also saves money.

Just to clarify, can I add the extra EVGA GTX 460 at any time after the computer is built?

EDIT- I decided to go with SLI EVGA GTX 460 immediately. I ordered all the parts and am quite excited to build.
July 26, 2010 5:25:13 PM

good luck!
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