Building Computer - Budget 1000-1250$

Hello I am new in this forum but its the first time after long years I decided to build a desktop PC and not buy a laptop so here is the config I have planned so far:

CPU: Core i7 940, s1366 8MB Tray

CPU Cooler: Generic CPU Cooler for s1366

Mother Board: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R

RAM: 3X2 6gb ddr3 1333 OCZ

Hard Drive 1 OS: OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Hard Drive 2: 1 x WD Caviar Black 1TB, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache, 7200 RPM

Graphic Card: Sapphire HD 5770 Vapor-X 1GB GDDR5 DX11 2xDVI HDMI DP PCI-E

Sound Card: On Board 7.1 Channel Audio

CDROM: Dvdrw NEC sata x24

CASE: Chieftec Dragon CD-07-B-B Mid-Tower (No PSU)

POWER Adapter: 6AG1B HEC + HEC 600w

My budget around 1250$

It will be great to get some opinions I am always open minded.

Thanks in advance.
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  1. If it's for gaming you're spending too much for the CPU/mobo/RAM and too little on the GPU.
  2. It is for gaming but what can I change to make it balanced?
  3. OK I read the advice and I posted my spec with my budget.
  4. It would be very helpful to know what resolution you plan to game at.
  5. Well I dunno I am used to play on 1280 x 800 on my laptop but maybe on desktop is different.
  6. Do you have a monitor? Do you need one?

    If you could post in the format in the link from mosox and fill out all the information, it would be helpful.
  7. APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as I made my mind on the config.

    BUDGET RANGE: 1000-1250$ / After Rebates - dunno if rebates works in Israel

    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

    PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I dunno if you familiar with Israeli computer websites.


    OVERCLOCKING: Yes - if I learn how.

    SLI OR CROSSFIRE: I dunno whats better :( ??

    MONITOR RESOLUTION: Gonna buy full HD LED Screen from LG ( this model.

    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: The case doesnt have to be fancy and quite is also an advantage.
  8. Sorry, don't have time for links at the moment.

    At that price range, you should be looking at:

    CPU - Intel i5-750 ~ $200
    RAM - whatever you can find that's 1333 MHz or 1600 MHz and CAS 7 ~ $110
    Mobo - ASUS P7P55D-E Pro ~ $180
    GPU - ATI 5870 or nVidia 470 ~ $320-400
    HDD - Samsung Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12 500 GB ~ $55
    ODD - whatever is cheap and has a SATA connection ~ $20
    Case - HAF 922 or whatever strikes your fancy ~ $100
    PSU - Antec, Corsair, Silverstone, XFX 750-850W - $125-150 - make sure it has Active PFC and is 80+ certified

    With that build, you should be able to max out anything at 1080p for the time being, and you will be able to CrossFire/SLI later if you decide to. SLI scales slightly better than CrossFire, but for this build it's not really a big deal either way. Getting a bigger GPU to start with allows you to go for longer without an upgrade.
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