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July 28, 2010 6:38:39 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within two months

BUDGET RANGE: < 700 after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, video card (nvidia 9800 gtx+), I do have an Antec 350 EarthWatts PSU also

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: doesn't matter

OVERCLOCKING: Yes/Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No?

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024

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What I had in mind so far:

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI P55-GD65 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

NZXT M59 - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAKS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS Black DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I've gathered this from poking around. Did I do it right?

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July 28, 2010 6:42:28 PM

Not really. First, unless you're planning on saving up for a better GPU, you should be looking for a new one. Second, Intel's CPUs are really expensive, and it's causing you to sacrifice a lot to get it. Thrid, a 350W PSU (though decent quality) will not be a good choice going into the future. You'll need something bigger. Finally, that WD HDD is going to be really slow.

Here's what I'd recommend (assuming you're saving up for a decen GPU and a better monitor later):

CPU/Mobo: X4 955 and Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $285 after rebate (with free game)
RAM: G.Skill Eco 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $105
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $75
Case/PSU: Antec 900 and Earthwatts 650W $116 after rebate and promo code
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $18

Total: $599

Turns out that Intel will fit the budget, assuming that's all you need. I will caution that going this route wouldn't be the best idea, since the LGA1156 socket is going to be dead by the end of the year.

CPU/Mobo: i5-750 and Asus P7P55D-E Pro $360
Rest is the same

Total: $674
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July 28, 2010 7:03:37 PM

Is the 9800 going to be a bottle neck at all? How much of an impact would a better card have on a game like SC2 or Diablo 3 in the future. Right now I have no problems running SC2 besides taking about an hour to install (lol). What would you recommend as an alternative graphics card?
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July 28, 2010 7:07:56 PM

The 5770 would be perfect. That's pretty much the cheapest card I'd recommmend right now.
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July 28, 2010 7:08:21 PM

Agreed with above... go with the $600 AMD build.

9800gtx will be fine for that resolution... as it compares to a current GTS 250.

When you get some money saved up... scoop up a GTX460 and a 23" 1080p monitor
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July 28, 2010 7:14:52 PM

Except a single 460 isn't quite powerful enough for 1080p, but that doesn't really matter.
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July 28, 2010 8:32:37 PM

Awesome thanks for the help. Only problem is missing out on the promo code unless I pull the trigger today, but it only amounts to about $25 and is not that big of a deal.
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July 28, 2010 8:32:53 PM

Best answer selected by jmiele.
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