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Gaming/HTCP for 1200-1400

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October 19, 2010 1:35:29 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Need up and running before Cata is released.

Budget Range: 1200-1400 will add more later to build

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, HTCP set up,

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, and Moniter, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: and any other safe sites (amazon, tigerdirect, ebay if rating is very high)

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Intel and for MB prefer Asus (Gigabyte seems to have to many issues)

Overclocking: Not at first but may later if I need it.

SLI or Crossfire: Not at first but depending on build may add another GPU

Monitor Resolution: My screen is a 50in 1080P Plasma that I sit around 10ft from.

Additional Comments: I rather the case have no lights (small power light is fine) and be as quite as possible without adding to much to the cost. A HTCP case if at all possible.

Here is what I was thinking:
CPU: I7 950
Powersupply COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M600 RS-600-AMBA-D3
HD: Unsure
Case: Unsure
MotherBoard: Unsure (Asus Preferred but will consider others)
Cooling: Unsure
GPU: GeForce GTX 460 (not sure what brand)
Memory: 6GB unsure brand
DVD Drive: Cheap one until I can add a good HTCP one
SSD: Wanted one but only if budget allows.

Will the HDMI carry sound so I can just use my tv speakers? Plan on watching most of my tv on the computer and do not have any audio equipment (hearing issue).

Would consider the I7 930 that Microcenter has on sell but i live to far away from one.

Need computer to last around 5 years and be able to play online games during that time. Will upgrade Video card every year. (brother gets computer after 2-3 years at which time I build a new one)

Thanks for any response. Will plan on being a regular.

Will size of screen require a better video card?

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October 19, 2010 5:31:40 AM

^ You sure you want an i7 for a HTPC/ Gaming setup ?
IMO the Core i5 760 would better suit that kind of a setup, also later on if you feel the CPU is slowing down, you can upgrade to the i7 8xx CPUs, which are as good or even better(better Turbo) than the i7 9xx CPUs...

Some good case options -

And do look for the new ATI GPUs which will be launched by this month end...
October 20, 2010 5:53:45 AM

I ignored the "not at first" about SLI/Crossfire since you looked interested in the GTX 460 anyways.