~$1500 Gaming and Music Production Build

Hey Everyone,

I am finally able to replace my old comp (built in 2003) and am looking for a well rounded gaming rig that can also do some music production. I would like to do some Over Clocking, but nothing too serious seeing as i want the rig to last a while and havent OC'ed much.

So without further Ado, here's what I've put got in mind so far:

CPU: Intel Core i5-760
CPU Cooling: Tuniq's Tower 120 Extreme
GPU: AMD HD 5770
Motherboard: GigaByte GA-X58A-UD3R
Memory: Crucial 6GB kit (2GBx3), 240-pin DIMM, DDR3 PC3-10600
SSD: Crucial RealSSD C300 64GB
HD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
BluRay/DVD-R: Lite-On's iHES208
Power Supply: Corsair CMPSU-650TX
Case: ThermalTake Element V
Sound Card: M-Audio Audiophile 2496
OS: Windows 7 Home

Estimate Cost (before taxes and shipping): $1550

I am open to suggestions and/or advice on this build. Also, the budget is a bit flexible: however, I don't think I can push it much past $1800.
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  1. Seems a bit high for these parts. Are you buying in $US? If you are using Newegg, you will save money by taking advantage of combos. What are your favorite sources, and specifically, do you live near a Micro Center?

    Off hand, the CPU does not match your motherboard/memory combination. Suggest you get LGA 1156 motherboard and dual channel, 4GB of memory. Probably do not need the horsepower of an i7-9xx chip.

    Take the money you are saving and upgrade the GPU to GTX460, 1GB or better.
  2. Yeah, I noticed the CPU/motherboard issue, and am switching to a i7-930 and I decided to get the GTX460 also.
  3. So are you buying through Newegg? Here is an example of the combos that you can get:


    It is only $35 for this one, but it'll knock $100 off overall from your build, especially if you are willing to, say, switch your case or memory.

    Here is another for your mobo/GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.505457

    Do this later one if you live near a MicroCenter and can pick up your CPU for $200 plus tax.

    This G-Skill SSD has similar price, slightly smaller size, but better overall speeds - 200 MB/x faster write, and only slightly slower read.


    Are these suggestions helping?
  4. yeah, thanks
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