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$1000 PC -- advice wanted

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August 20, 2010 12:06:42 AM

I built a PC three years ago and I'm looking to do it again.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-2 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $1000 soft, no more than $1100

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Productivity, graphics-intensive gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, mouse, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITES: Newegg

COUNTRY: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: Stability and reliability more important than absolute lowest cost, or enthusiast features.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe -- have not yet done it but interested.

SLI/CROSSFIRE: no

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I like to dabble in a lot of different things (although I don't do any of them on a professional level) and so I would a pretty well rounded machine. I don't want to be turned away from a hobby because my computer can't handle it.

SPECIFIC QUESTIONS: How much memory would the experts here suggest (I have 8GB listed), and at what speed? On this motherboard, with this kind of RAM (tall heat spreader) and this kind of CPU heatsink, will have I problems with fitting everything? How about the case and the graphics card?

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Processor:Intel i5-760
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3
Graphics: nVidia GTX 460 1 GB (Gigabyte)
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB DDR3-1333

Case: Antec 300
Heatsink: Thermalright MUX-120

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint 1TB 7200 RPM 3.0 GB/s
Power Supply: Corsair 650W, non-modular

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All suggestions welcome. Thanks in advance.

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August 20, 2010 12:15:18 AM

For productivity, you're probably not going to need 8GB of ram. Even if you do later it's a very easy drop in upgrade.

P55-USB3 is old. Consider the P55A-UD3.
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August 20, 2010 3:31:34 PM

What are the differences between those cards that will impact my needs? The older card is $20 cheaper.
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August 20, 2010 4:07:21 PM

Productivity as in?

I7 750 + Win 7 $285
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GTX 460 $180 AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Lian Li case + XFX 650W: $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro + 4GB DDR3 1600 Ripjaws $225:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Seagate 7200.12 1TB: $65
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Zalman Perfoma $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $905, take $90 off if you don't need an OS, then $45 off if you live near a Microcenter.
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August 30, 2010 1:28:28 AM

Best answer selected by jovian.
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