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August 5, 2010 12:30:12 AM

I've decided to build a new PC after a long (15 year) hiatus. I have been using Macintosh computers for the last several years and would like something that was a bit more serious for gaming. I am a little reticent to go the AMD route since I have had problems in the past, so I decided to choose an intel i5 processor to save a bit of money. I'd like to keep the build around $1000 or less.

How does this list of components look? I've picked some based on combo deals currently available, does this sound reasonable or are there some tweaks that could help me get more bang for my buck?

Intel Core i5-750 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
ASUS P7P55 LX ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$284.99

G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$104.99

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
SAMSUNG 24x DVD Burner - Bulk SATA Model SH-S243N/BEBS LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$72.98

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$129.98

XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
$294.99

Windows 7 Home $99

Thank you!
a b B Homebuilt system
August 5, 2010 1:06:18 AM

Looks pretty good.

I might suggest going with the EVGA GTX 460 SC EE, which has similar performance to the 5850 but cost less.
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 6, 2010 8:34:27 AM

A few things u should know about SATA/USB 3.0 tech and mobos as shown by our very own forums here
USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s, Motherboards, And Overcoming Bottlenecks
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/usb-3.0-sata-6gb,25...
Also note that LGA 1156 shall be usurped by LGA 1155 as soon as end of this year/possible Q1 next year if u intending to sink a wee bit on chip + board FYI...
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2010/04/21/intel-...
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