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All-rounder build skewed toward gaming -- any conflicts/advice?

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September 6, 2010 7:51:43 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Hopefully this week.

BUDGET RANGE: $1,000-$1,300, but a little flexible either way.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming > Surfing/all-around productivity (Office, general apps) = music > movies.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Peripherals-- monitor, keyboard, mouse.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Pretty much settled on Intel i5 760 CPU.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe but likely not.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Want to put together a good "all-rounder" that can handle with ease casual-to-moderate gaming-- mainly stuff like SCII, some MMOs, etc. That said, though I'm mainly a console gamer otherwise, I want the ability to handle more resource-heavy games should I choose to play them on PC. If there's room to money-save here, I'm down, though I'm averse to skimping just to skimp, iykwim.

Processor:
Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Graphics Card:
MSI N460GTX Hawk GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OR

MSI N460GTX CYCLONE 1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(The Hawk is only $20 or so more than the Cyclone... I'm thinking it's probably the winner, here, no?)

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

Case:
COOLER MASTER HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply:
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Burner:
LITE-ON Black SATA 24X DVD Writer LightScribe Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Prominent review on Newegg product page saying this drive doesn't work with Windows 7? Truth or fiction?)

Thanks all!
September 6, 2010 8:02:06 PM

Looks good except you can get a modular, silver efficiency PSU with better output quality for that price. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The HAWK is actually 50$ more expensive after MIR, you can often get a 470 for that price. IMO get the cyclone.

Starcraft 2 is one of the few games that benefits from memory bandwidth. IMO spending 6$ more for CAS 7, lower voltage ram would be a smart move. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Are you overclocking? If so get the Hyper 212+ for ~20$.
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