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$1000 Gaming Build with room to grow

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August 25, 2010 4:40:08 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2-3 Weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $1000 after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming in 1900x1080, movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.

PARTS PREFERENCES:Nothing

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Eventually

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want a computer that won't be a throw away in the next 3-5 years. I want to make sure that I have the ability to upgrade the mobo, GPU(s), and RAM if need be to support my gaming and programming needs.

Here are the parts that I have picked out thus far. Any recommendations on subbing things out or better pricing would be appreciated. I do intend to OC this rig so keep that in mind.

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Question, will this fit in my case?)

Combo:
OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3F1600LV4GK
GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-768I GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Combo:
ASUS M4N98TD EVO AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Combo:
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Antec Six Hundred Black Black Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Any input would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Alex
August 25, 2010 4:49:28 AM

^ SLI with AMD ?? IMO Crossfire is the best option if going with AMD...
August 25, 2010 5:15:49 AM

gkay09 said:
^ SLI with AMD ?? IMO Crossfire is the best option if going with AMD...


I could go for this combo instead. It would put me a little over budget with the components I have already suggested though:

OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3F1600LV4GK
XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Any suggestions? Is using the 5850 instead of the 460 going to drastically improve my graphical capabilities?
August 25, 2010 5:38:03 AM

Some changes...

X4 955 + HD 5850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Gigabyte 890GX + OS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CASE + PSU -
Lian-Li K62 + XFX 650W (This can handle 2x HD 5850 without any issues)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HDD, cooler - Same and Yes that cooler would fit...

RAM - IMO better to go with another brand...
Mushkin 4GB DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Total - ~$1006

And in most of the games the HD 5850 would offer good performance increase over the GTX 460 @1080p
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