New gaming build $1000(ish) budget.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within the next 3 weeks


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games (mainly WoW maybe FFXIV when it comes out), internet browsing, minor photo/video editing maybe.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, monitor, keyboard, O.S.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: no preference (I am in California though if there is an out of state website that could save me on tax)





MONITOR RESOLUTION:1680x1050 ATM may go higher in the future

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Basically what I am looking at is this forum already knows more than I can hope to learn from research over the next few weeks so I thought by leaving options open I would be able to get the most bang for my buck. I am a first time builder and will be following guides here. I do prefer something quiet and discreet (not a fan of the led lights etc.)
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    i5-750 200$
    P55a-ud3/P55a-G55 140$
    G.skill ram 80-100$ depending on voltage, speed, and timings
    PSU: 650 watt Corsair 70$
    Case: HAF 922 (90$)
    GTX 470, regular deals for 270$ or less.
    Generic lightscribe sata OD 20$

    Maybe 30$ on an Intel NIC (good for Wow in crowded areas).

    That's 920$ total. IMO either pocket the cash, save for a new monitor/SSD, or upgrade to an i7-870, in order of sensibility.
  2. Thanks for the reply. One question though. As far as hard drives go will it make much difference which I grab? Was going to just add something like in there.
  3. Not a huge difference, Seagate has the worst statistical crash ratings, Hitachi and WD the best.

    IMO there's no point in not getting a 1TB drive like the samsung f3 compared to a 500GB drive. 40% more expensive for 100% more space and a small performance bump.
  4. COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP and COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M600 RS-600-AMBA-D3 combo

    GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 and Intel Core i5-760 combo
    $319.99 (after mail in)

    EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470
    $299.99 (after mail in)

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333

    Western Digital AV-GP WD10EVDS 1TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb

    Lite-on DVD-R

    Total = $985.92

    Just wanted to show the shopping cart to be sure I didn't screw anything up. Main question would be the PSU. There is also a combo deal for the 700W or I could just go back to the corsair and I think its only a $10 difference.
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