$1000-$1500 Poker PC...first time builder

Approximate Purchase Date: This week, by Friday

Budget Range: $800-1500 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Multiple Poker Clients, Poker database, poker software (Table ninja, postgres), online video streaming, Internet, the occasional game

Parts Not Required:
Speakers, keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: U.S.

Parts Preferences:
None, totally new to this. Am partial to well respected brands for obvious reasons. Also looking for SSD for faster poker database. Windows 7 64bit

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe (no clue?)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I'd rather pay more to be on the "safe side." For example, if I'm playing multiple poker clients and watching a streaming movie/show, I'd rather be sure that it doesn't lag rather than "it could lag here." This is the primary reason for my wide range, I want to pay for something that will perform optimally.

I will be using this primarily for poker and poker databases. I will run 1-3 clients at a time 8-16 tables, while running poker database program (HEM), tableninja, postgres, and most likely internet and music/video. I might play a game here or there, but nothing too intense. I have dual 28s running at 1920x1200. I play this game for a living, so spending an extra $300-$500 is something I really don't mind, as this thing will be my vehicle for making money. For example lag can sometimes cost $500 if I'm 5 seconds too late in clicking a button.

I am also fairly unfamiliar with computers. I have never installed a part much less built a computer. I think I am fairly good at following directions, and as long as it won't take me more than 2 days to build one, I'm down for the challenge. Unless you think otherwise?
I got this sample build from tecmo's 24 thread with some minor comments/suggestions I got from another forum (2+2). Just need some feedback if it will be sufficient, and how long this will take me.

tecmo34 said:

My comments:

GPU: This seems like it might be overdoing it for me, I got recommended to a Radeon 5750, does this sound about right? Any recommendations? I might invest in higher resolution monitors in the future, if they become more affordable, would it be worth it to get a better gpu for this reason?

RAM: What benefit would 8gb get me? Someone said might work better wiht windows 7 64bit?

HSF: Someone suggested the following concerning my inexperience: "This is probably the toughest part of the install. Applying thermal paste to this particular cooler is a bit tricky. There is an illustrated guide on Tom's that will get you through it. In retrospect I probably would have just purchased the Corsair Hydro, especially since the Hyper 212+ is $20 more than when I bought it...The only thing troublesome with the HSF is applying the right amount of paste and ensuring it spread properly. Typically you place 3-4 small lines of paste on the cooling plate, and when you screw it down the paste spreads evenly covering the entire surface. On these direct heatpipe coolers, there are small ridges between the pipes and mounting plate that you have to pack with paste so your lines spread evenly. Not rocket science, but if not done properly you may have to remove the cooler and do it again. The Corsair hydro has a standard round disk with no edge or anything that would complicate the install. Plus it's a cleaner look, and you don't have to dick around with the adjustable mounting arms on the Hyper 212."

HDD: Looking to put in a SSD, as I've read it speeds up the process of poker hand history databasing immensely. I'm guess I'd do dual hdds using the ssd as primary? Would 80GB SSD be sufficient? Recs? Will research this more after I know what size is sufficient.

Blu ray drive: Guessing I'll want one that comes with software? Would I want a separate one for DVD, or a dual?

Tv-tuner: Not sure here, but I might want to dvr some shows. Worth it?

I guess my last question is, would it be worth it to do one of techmo's "enthusiast builds" that start at $1300 and probably $1400-$1500 with an SSD? Thanks for the help.
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  1. bump? too long?
  2. ^ The i5s no doubt are good, but IMO going overkill is fine in your case as you play for a living...
    I would shoot for an i7 build here...
    i7 950 + OCZ Vertex 2 90GB

    ASUS Sabertooth X58 + GSKillz 6GB DDR3

    IMO HD 5770 would be a good option for a graphic card -
    HD 5770 + WIN 7 HP 64-bit

    CM 690 + CM 700W Silent PRO

    As you want a fast drive for database access, IMO the WD Velociraptor would be a very good choice as a DB drive
    Western Digital VelociRaptor WD6000HLHX 600GB 10000 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    For data -
    Samsung F3 1TB
    $16 off w/ promo code EMCYXNW34, ends 10/4

    CPU Cooler -
    Installing the CPU Cooler is a one time task, which would be made easier if you go through various guides, step-by-step methods and videos available @YouTube, so I dont think you would have to worry about that much...

    Total - ~$1497 | ~$1452 Including rebates...
  3. Ended up getting very busy and never went through with this. My comp is about to die/is being very slow, and I just generally need to order this in the next couple days.

    With some slight suggestions, I cam up with this from the other forums. I realize I could probably shave off a $100 or so, but I'm looking for something that will last, and not have to hassle with cheap parts. It comes out to roughly $1300.

    CPU: Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760 $209
    MOBO: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $180
    RAM: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO - Retail $96
    HSF: CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler $80
    SSD:Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive $205 on amazon
    HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $75
    PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply $50 with mail in rebate, $70 for 650W with rebate.
    GPU:SAPPHIRE 100284L Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $130
    BluRay Drive: LG WH10LS30K 10X Blu-ray Burner - LightScribe Support - Bulk - OEM $100
    Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $90
    Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM $10
    OS Windows 7 64 bit OEM $100

    Any comments on upgrading to an i7? What else would I have to alter?
  4. ^ Some changes -
    Mobo - IMO you wont need that board as for your usage, a single powerful card would suffice...Check this combo -
    i5 760 + Gigabyte P55-USB3.0 + Antec DF case

    PSU + RAM -
    Corsair 650TX + Corsair 4GB DDR3

    SSD - Get this one - It is faster, more storage and cheaper
    OCZ Agility 2 90GB

    Card- HD 5770

    Thermal grease - Get a different onw which is not electrically conductive -
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