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July 28, 2010 1:29:57 AM

Hey guys, first time posting here! I am attempting to build my first PC in years. I am trying to discover the best solution for a gaming PC in the 1000-1200 range. This has brought me the following types of parts:


Qty. Image Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1
GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:GA-P55-USB3
Item #:N82E16813128425
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
$119.99 $119.99
1
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM
Model #:F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM
Item #:N82E16820231275
Return Policy:Memory Standard Return Policy
In Stock
$94.99 $94.99
1
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Model #:Nine Hundred
Item #:N82E16811129021
Return Policy:Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
In Stock
Mail in Rebate
$139.95 -$40.00 Instant $99.95
1
GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Model #:GV-N460OC-1GI
Item #:N82E16814125333
Return Policy:VGA Standard Return Policy
In Stock
$229.99 $229.99
1
Western Digital Caviar Black WD10000LSRTL 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive
Model #:WD10000LSRTL
Item #:N82E16822136337
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
$99.99 $99.99
1
LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support
Model #:iHAS424-98
Item #:N82E16827106335
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
$25.99 $25.99
1
COOLER MASTER GX Series RS650-ACAAE3-US 650W ATX12V v2.31 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Model #:RS650-ACAAE3-US
Item #:N82E16817171052
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
$99.99 -$40.00 Instant $59.99
1
Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
Model #:BX80605I5760
Item #:N82E16819115067
Return Policy:CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
In Stock
$209.99 $209.99
Subtotal: $940.88


I was looking for any suggestions on what the thoughts were on this build. Is there any places I can do better? Once again looking to stay between 1000-1200. I will however got a bit above this if the parts reasonably require it!

Thanks!

Ooops, missed the important "read before" stuff so here it is:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as possible

BUDGET RANGE: 1000-1200

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, etc. Just looking for the core PC.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Prefer Intel

OVERCLOCKING: No or Maybe... not sure yet

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not sure if I need it, suggestions appreciated.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 I believe.

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July 28, 2010 2:48:01 AM

Couple of Suggestions:
1) Switch hard drive to the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
2) Go with EVGA for Nvidia cards (best manufacture and support) - Look at their GTX 460 1GB Superclocked EE video card. It is the fastest of the GTX 460's based on the reviews I've seen.
3) Don't skimp on your PSU with the Cooler Master. You want a higher quality brand like Corsair, Antec or SeaSonic. I would check the Antec 900 for a combo deal with the Antec EarthWatts EA650 (or qet it with the Antec 300 Illusion combo)
4) Check all of your components for combo deals on Newegg for additional savings.
5) Don't forget to consider a heat sink fan. I would recommend getting the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus from Amazon or TigerDirect (cheaper than Newegg).
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July 28, 2010 11:36:45 AM

Great suggestions, thank you. I am going to tweak it and repost it. Hopefully I can find some combos.
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July 28, 2010 2:42:07 PM

Took most of those suggestions and found what looks like a much better PSU in a bundle. Also, added that graphics card, but couldn't get a hold of the one you suggested specifically because it is out of stock.

Here is the new system:

quantity of item 1
Silverstone 6" ATX extension cable kit Model PP04
Item #: N82E16812162006
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $9.99
select item 2 quantity of item 2

LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support
Item #: N82E16827106335
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options27-106-335|hide options27-106-335)
Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge.(more info27-106-335.0.18)

1 year: $6.99
2 year: $11.99
$25.99
select item 3 quantity of item 3

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152181
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options22-152-181|hide options22-152-181)
Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty
The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge.(more info22-152-181.0.120)

1 year: $9.99
2 year: $16.99
$54.99
select item 4 quantity of item 4

NETGEAR WNA3100-100ENS USB 2.0 Wireless Adapter
Item #: N82E16833122379
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options33-122-379|hide options33-122-379)
Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge.(more info33-122-379.0.18)

1 year: $6.99
2 year: $11.99
-$10.00 Instant
$59.99
$49.99
select item 5 quantity of item 5

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Item #: N82E16835100007
Return Policy: Consumable Item Refund Only Return Policy $9.99
select item 6 quantity of item 6
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM
Item #: N82E16820231275
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy $94.99
select item 7 quantity of item 7

GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128425
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options13-128-425|hide options13-128-425)
Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty
The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge.(more info13-128-425.0.120)

1 year: $16.99
2 year: $25.99
$119.99
select item 8 quantity of item 8

Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
Item #: N82E16819115067
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options19-115-067|hide options19-115-067)
Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty
The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge.(more info19-115-067.0.120)

1 year: $25.99
2 year: $45.99
$209.99
select item 9 quantity of item 9

Intel X25-V SSDSA2MP040G2R5 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820167025
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options20-167-025|hide options20-167-025)
Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty
The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge.(more info20-167-025.0.120)

1 year: $16.99
2 year: $25.99
-$10.00 Instant
$124.99
$114.99
select item 10 quantity of item 10

XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular ...
Item #: N82E16817207003
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811129021
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy -$80.00 Instant
-$35.00 Combo

$20.00 Mail-in Rebate17-207-003
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate11-129-021 $299.94
$184.94
select item 11 quantity of item 11

EVGA 01G-P3-1371-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814130565
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options14-130-5651100|hide options14-130-5651100)
Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge.(more info14-130-5651.0.18)

1 year: $25.99
2 year: $42.99
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116754
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy -$10.00 Combo
$329.98
$319.98
1 GIFT StarCraft2 - FREE Trial Version Game coupon
Item #: N82E16800999244
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$59.99 Saving
$59.99
$0.00
Subtotal: $1,195.83


Will probably get the aftermarket fan at Amazon so it's not on the list, but am going to go with the one suggested.

Any more thoughts?
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July 28, 2010 3:01:40 PM
July 28, 2010 3:13:26 PM

Checking it out, thank you so much!
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July 28, 2010 10:27:21 PM

Best answer selected by Gnomicidal.
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July 28, 2010 10:31:28 PM

Um, ok Newegg is out of stock altogether of the 1GB 460 gtx.. what's the next best suggestion to go with?
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July 28, 2010 10:41:47 PM

get the sparkle gtx 460 1gb it has a liftime warranty
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July 28, 2010 11:08:42 PM

Last question as it's my final conundrum.

SSD worth it for OS boot and main programs? Yes or no?

Was thinking of doing a 40GB intel SSD for that and a 500GB Samsung for everything else...
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July 28, 2010 11:10:19 PM

Good call :) 

Thanks for the best answer nod too :D 
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July 28, 2010 11:13:47 PM

whats you final build??
and imo anything less than 80gb for an ssd isn't worth it
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July 28, 2010 11:17:46 PM

A SSD makes one of the single greatest performance impact on the speed of your PC.... IMO & Experience. I would recommend getting it if fits into your budget.
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July 28, 2010 11:22:33 PM

mrhoshos96 said:
whats you final build??
and imo anything less than 80gb for an ssd isn't worth it


Decided to mix all my advice and came up with something like this:



Silverstone 6" ATX extension cable kit Model PP04
Item #: N82E16812162006
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$9.99


LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support
Item #: N82E16827106335
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
$25.99


SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152181
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
$54.99


SAMSUNG P2450H Rose Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor
Item #: N82E16824001378
Return Policy: Monitor Replacement Only Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
-$50.00 Instant
$279.99
$229.99


Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Item #: N82E16835100007
Return Policy: Consumable Item Refund Only Return Policy
$9.99


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM
Item #: N82E16820231275
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$94.99


Intel X25-V SSDSA2MP040G2R5 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820167025
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
-$10.00 Instant
$124.99
$114.99


XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular ...
Item #: N82E16817207003
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811129021
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
-$80.00 Instant
-$35.00 Combo
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate
$299.94
$184.94


Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
Item #: N82E16819115067
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
ASUS P7P55D-E LX LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131634
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
-$29.99 Combo
$339.98
$309.99


SPARKLE SXX4601024D5SNM GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814187113
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116754
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy

Including monitor this time, comes in at 1355, not bad... I think.

Like I said, only thing I am still debating is the SSD.
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July 28, 2010 11:34:59 PM

the intel x-25m 80gb has almost the same performance of the v
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July 29, 2010 12:11:20 AM

But looks like it's 100 bucks more, that's stretching me a little bit.

How's the rest of the build look? Am I missing anything?
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July 29, 2010 12:45:17 AM

You are missing a heat sink from what I can tell, which means no true overclocking.

Your PSU is overkill for your setup (meaning no SLI with the MOBO). I would drop down to a 650 or switch the motherboard to the ASUS P7P55D-E Pro.

Just a couple of my thoughts :) 
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July 29, 2010 11:47:00 AM

If I don't plan on overclocking right away, will I be fine with the stock fan? Only reason I ask is that it's 50 bucks on NewEgg. Only 30 on Amazon, but 1-2 month wait for shipping... so I'm kind of in a bind. I doubt I'd be overclocking right away anyway.
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July 29, 2010 12:07:19 PM

get my build before the combos die.
and get the hsf in my build it beats the hyper 212plus and it's quieter and comes with free thermal compound.
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July 29, 2010 2:02:31 PM

But if I get the Antec 900 case, will it fit OK? Description makes it sound huge.
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July 29, 2010 3:54:22 PM

It will fit into the Antec 900 just fine. The bigger issue will it effect your RAM slots. Make sure 1) install your RAM first before the heat sink and 2) make sure your RAM is doesn't have to high of a heat spacer (yours looks okay).
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July 29, 2010 4:20:33 PM

Ok I finalized the order. Thanks for all the help guys.

With monitor, ended up a little above my budget, but I'd rather do it right. Wanted to spend 1200 max, ended up at about 1400 after taxes.

I did go with the Asus Pro + i5 750 combo for future SLI (leaving my option open) and kept the PSU from the Case combo.
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