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$1100 i7 gaming / video editing build. Thoughts?

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September 24, 2010 12:36:25 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within the next two weeks
BUDGET RANGE: $1100 After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, video editing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Case, PSU, OS, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I have a Microcenter nearby, and like newegg, but wherever is reputable and inexpensive
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: None
OVERCLOCKING: No
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe down the road
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050. May upgrade to 1920x1200 down the road
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my first time building a computer, so I am open to any advice/suggestions. My hope was to get bang for the buck, but to allow for future upgrades if necessary. (I was originally thinking getting an i5, but with the i7 Microcenter option I decided to increase my original budget from $1000. ) One question – is there any reason to delay buying this from a potential price drop or new technology perspective? Thanks!

CPU: Core i7-930 Processor $200
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 99867 $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: MSI N470GTX-M2D12-B GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $280
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DRIVE: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $60
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

DVD: SAMSUNG Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Combo Drive - SH-B083L/BSBP $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case and PSU: were purchased from Newegg in combo for $140
CASE: Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (PURCHASED)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Power Supply (PURCHASED)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TOTAL: $1080 (after rebates)

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September 24, 2010 12:59:13 PM

^ It is a good build, but IMO for a gaming PC, the i5 would have sufficed, but if you do a lot of video stuff, then the i7 is fine...
Some suggestions, get this GTX 470 instead - though costlier, but it has a very good custom cooler, draws less power than a standard GTX 470, is factory overclocked and has very low noise levels...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gv-n470SO-13I-super...
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September 24, 2010 3:33:12 PM

gkay09 said:
^ It is a good build, but IMO for a gaming PC, the i5 would have sufficed, but if you do a lot of video stuff, then the i7 is fine...
Some suggestions, get this GTX 470 instead - though costlier, but it has a very good custom cooler, draws less power than a standard GTX 470, is factory overclocked and has very low noise levels...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gv-n470SO-13I-super...


gkay09, I hadn't seen that card before. Thanks! It addresses my main concerns with the 470, heat and noise. And with a combo its not too much more. I am very close to pulling the trigger on this.
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September 25, 2010 11:40:39 PM

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