Around a1250$ gaming rig

Hi, I've been out of computer building for a few years, and I haven't upgraded since 2004. Basically I was studying and had not much money to put into a gaming rig. Now that I'm done I was looking foward to building a gaming rig without destroying my budget.

Approximate Purchase Date: looking if I should buy in the next month or wait for price drops in december.

Budget Range: 1100 - 1300$

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming, movie, work.

Parts Not Required: I already have a Xaser III case. I got mx500 and g11 logitech keyboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: canadian websites (newegg, tigerdirect, cpu canada, etc..)

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: I'll be using a full tower with a 21-22 inch Dell LCD. I had a amd 2500+ (barton), ati 9800 pro, enermax 350W, soltek mobo (basically a decent overcloaking cpu but back in 2003).

Overclocking: Yes, would like to overcloack it, not anything crazy.

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: basically trying to build a budget gaming computer but that won't ruin me as I'm a student. I want quality hardware as I don't want to deal with problems.

Here is what I've found so far, feel free to add comments or add better suggestions. I'm not that aware of bottlenecks:

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

2 X EVGA 01G-P3-1372-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W

Seasonic SS-850HT 850W ATX12V v2.31,EPS12V v2.92 80Plus Silver Certified, Active PFC Power Supply - OEM

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

G.SKILL Trident Series DDR3 2000MHz (PC3-16000) 4GB (2x2GB) Dual Channel Kit (F3-16000CL9D-4GBTD)

Thank you in advance,
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  1. Looks pretty good so far.

    I would get an aftermarket CPU cooler though. The Coolermaster Hyper 212+ does a wonderful job on my i5 750. (And it's only $30)

    With that amount invested in graphics, get a better monitor. 1680 x 1050 is way too low. Those cards could even make Crysis playable (Most of the time) on maxed settings (No AA) at 2560 x 1600.

    At least get a 1920 x 1080 or 1920 x 1200 monitor.

    For HDDs, I've heard recommendations on everything, but the Samsung Spinpoint F3 drives seem to have the best performance in 7200RPM drives. And if you order today, you can get it for $74 shipped including taxes.

  2. Yeah I forgot to add a CPU cooler: that Coolmaster 212+ looks good. How much of a diference would it make to have a SATA 6.0Gb/s VS a spinpoint F3 which has SATA 3.0GB/s. Would it be better investing in a SSD and have a F3 from samsung or stick to what I have?

    I also saw this PSU:

    XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    Don't know if it has enough power, it has good rating though.
  3. The f3 is just as fast as the caviar black.
    The XFX PSU is great and a good price.
    The ram won't give you any additional FPS over this:

    Otherwise, it looks like a good build.
  4. With a mechanical HDD, SATA 6.0Gb/s will not help at all. The PSU looks good.
  5. so I would change the 1TB Caviar Black for a SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    and as for the RAM
    there is 2 eco 2x2G listed in newegg, which one would be more appropriate (the CAS 7 or CAS 8)? The other RAM that I had selected previously from g.skill (Trident ddr3 2000) is not worth it?

    Which of the two PSU is more appropriate?

    Thank you for all the replies, really helpful.
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