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First PC Computer Build 1,000-1,200 Range

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August 1, 2010 9:00:24 AM

Here are some specs for my first gaming PC build. I researched most of it all tonight with a lot of consideration from tests on anandtech and customer reviews on newegg.

ASUS Black CD/DVD burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Antec Three Hundred
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

Western Digital Caviar Blue 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218

ASUS VW224U Black 22"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236050

Gefore GTX 460 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125333

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128412

Intel i5 750 CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215

I'm not sure what kind of Power supply to get and I'm not sure about my motherboard or HD setup choice. Also I have no idea whether to get windows 7 or vista... I'm fairly certain I should go with 64 bit though?

I feel like the RAM GPU CPU are solid choices for a 1,000-1,200 dollar build range though right?

I also have a LCD 22" flat screen (a http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-tvs/lg-22lg10/1707-6482_7-33497888.html#manDesc LG 22LG10 do you think that would be a good substitute for the asus monitor? The money saved would be helpful...

tl;dr
1. What kind of PSU?
2. Possibly a better motherboard/Internal HD choice?
3. Windows 7 or vista? Where's a cheap copy?
4. 22" LCD just as good as Asus monitor?
5. Are these components compatible with one another? I checked it myself and think it should work....

Any advice or opinions would be appreciated, thanks!
August 1, 2010 1:18:23 PM

fill out the stickie in my sig.
and keep your monitor it isn't not worth changing.

and here is a better build for the money.
it costs $1,042.84 before rebates and you can cf in the future

mobo+ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

cpu+gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

psu+case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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

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

this build can max out any game and it will run cool and quiet and it's more future proof than the i5.
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August 1, 2010 4:38:04 PM

Woops sorry about that...

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: end of August

BUDGET RANGE: 1000-1,200

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Multiplayer Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard mouse speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.A.

PARTS PREFERENCES: I feel partial to the GTX 460 and the i5 750 because of the benchmark tests I saw on anandtech.com

OVERCLOCKING: possibly near future

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: would be nice to be able to have mobo with this ability for future upgrades

MONITOR RESOLUTION: not sure

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Mainly interested in being able to max all the settings and have no lag. Being quiet and being able to upgrade in the future
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August 1, 2010 4:51:26 PM

mrhoshos96 said:
fill out the stickie in my sig.
and keep your monitor it isn't not worth changing.

and here is a better build for the money.
it costs $1,042.84 before rebates and you can cf in the future

mobo+ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

cpu+gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

psu+case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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

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

this build can max out any game and it will run cool and quiet and it's more future proof than the i5.



Hey really appreciate the input mrhoshos96. I was considering the phenom x4 or x6 (based on benchmarks from here http://www.anandtech.com/show/3674/amds-sixcore-phenom-ii-x6-1090t-1055t-reviewed/9 but went with the i5 funnily; I thought that going with an 1156 is going to be the most future proof?

Also the gtx 460 is considerable cheaper (by 170$) and is right next to the 5870 (somewhat next to). Also that seems like a smart choice for futureproof since I can always get another for SLI. Here is the benchmarks I was basing my choice on gpu is http://www.anandtech.com/show/3809/nvidias-geforce-gtx-460-the-200-king/6

Any more input on what you think in comparison would be really helpful! thanks for the time/help
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August 1, 2010 5:08:03 PM

the i5's socket is going to be replaced in Q1 2011 so the x4 is much more future proof.

the 5870 is goin to be more future proof.

the links are broken.
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