~$1000 Upgradeable Gaming Rig

Hello all,

I'm looking to build a new PC to game on, as the last one I build is now about 6 years old and can barely handle Vista. :non:

I live near a Microcenter, and the following bundle just came up:

Processor: i7-950
Motherboard: Asus P6X58D
Price: $455

I'm looking to build this pretty slowly, as I won't have enough money to buy everything at once, but I felt like I should pounce on this deal. So please help me find RAM, PSU, etc. I do NOT need speakers, keyboard, mouse, or monitor, and I could probably reuse my case and wait to change HDD's as well. But RAM, PSU, GPU, cooling are all unrecyclable.

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  1. Asus P6X58D Premium? There is no plain version, it's either -e or premium. Pretty good deal for the Premium.

    Rather than asking you a lot of questions, I'll just ask you to answer these:
  2. Approximate Purchase Date: Over time, within the next month. I plan on getting the CPU/Mobo bundle this week, though.

    Budget Range: $1000-1500

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, streaming to TV, internet, other light usage.

    Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers. I COULD reuse case and monitor, but I'd rather not.

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Microcenter

    Country of Origin: USA

    Parts Preferences: Pretty much set on the following deal from Microcenter: i7-950 and ASUS P6X58D Premium

    Overclocking: Probably

    SLI or Crossfire: Yes, but not immediately. Probably will get one top-end GPU now, and buy the 2nd later.

    Monitor Resolution: Not sure, but the one I have now runs at 1680x1050, but I'd like to upgrade.

    Additional Comments: The price for the bundle is $455. Probably looking to only get one GPU right now. I'd like an SSD, and I could reuse one of my current harddrives for larger storage if I can't afford a better one immediately.

    Parts decided on:

    Intel i7-950

    ASUS P6X58D Premium

    (these two together are $455)
  3. That's a great deal on the i7-950; I got my i7-930 3 months ago for $200 from Microcenter.

    RAM: You'll want 3x2GB @ 1333MHz or 1600MHz with a Cas Latency of 7 or 8 (lower is better). I have the Patriot Viper II Sector 7 1600MHz CL8 RAM, and it's gotten about $30 cheaper since this summer (plus a MIR, which would only make it $115): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220502&cm_re=patriot_sector_7-_-20-220-502-_-Product

    SSD: The OCZ Vertex and the Crucial C300 are the two fastest boot drives, but are a little expensive per GB. I have the WD SiliconEdge, which is a "slow" SSD, and I still boot in 30s.

    GPU: I would recommend the EVGA GTX 460s: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130566&cm_re=GTX_460_evga_ar-_-14-130-566-_-Product
    The OCed version is the same price, but it's easy to OC the stock ones. If you plan on needing more performance, go with the GTX 470.

    PSU: You'll need a 650W Continuous power (750W max power) for SLIed 460s, and a 750W continuous (850W max) for 2 SLIed GTX 470s (more for 3 SLIed 470s). I'd go with a Corsair, Antec, or Seasonic. XFX's Black Edition is OEMed by Seasonic, which is the best PSU maker out there.

    Case: The high end GPUs are going to get hot, so you'll need a case with good airflow. I have the Raven RV02 full tower, and it only has 4 fans, which are really efficient and extremely quiet (it's almost soothing). Plus, you'll be able to wire the cables behind the motherboard to improve airflow. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163154&Tpk=raven%20rv02

    If you can find any combo deals, you may be able to save a bit here and there, but don't expect to be saving $100s at a time.
  4. Well, get some memory . . . and maybe you can install it, depending on what kind of OS disk you have :)

    Actually, for top memory in your rig I'd recommend 1600 CL7 from Mushkin for $110 after MIR:

    Since the cheapest you could get away with is $100:
    it seems the good stuff is a no-brainer.

    Next up might be the cooler - either excellent cooling on a budget:

    or quite likely the best air available: Thermalright Silver Arrow

    SSD? Last thing to llok at on a budget.

    Gaming at 1680? With future plans for 1920? AMD 6850 or this faster OC'd Gigabyte 460 both at $180:


    PSU? Minimum 650, 750W max:

    650W Seasonic $60 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151091

    750W Corsair $90 after MIR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

    Case: Hard to argue with Silverstone Raven 2 - so cool it makes cpu/gpu fans run slower, quieter. But expensive. Cooler Master HAF 912 would be my budget choice.
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