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Need advice for a ~$1000 mid-level gaming system

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October 24, 2010 4:16:16 AM

Goal : Play WoW, SC2 at max setting. Can handle mid-setting for future games
Don't need overclock or SLI.
Not planing to upgrade anything in the future.( gonna build a new one after 3~4 years )

CPU: $229.99
Core i7-950
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Motherboard: $239.99
ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video : $169.99 after mail-in rebate
EVGA GeForce GTX 260
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: $159.99
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HardDrive : $89.99
Western Digital Caviar Black1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: $139.99
NZXT Crafted Series ATX Full Tower Steel Chassis - Phantom Red
http://www.amazon.com/NZXT-Crafted-Tower-Steel-Chassis/...

Power Supply :$69.99 with Rebate
CORSAIR 650W ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

should I spend less on Mobo and CPU and more on GPU?
October 24, 2010 4:48:01 AM

for your budget you should drop down down to a core i5 760, asus p7p55 lx, $100 4gb cl7 ram, samsung f3, drop down the case if you want. and then spend the rest of the budget into the graphic card.

Also do you need an operating system, optical drive or monitor?
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October 24, 2010 4:56:04 AM

I'm actually thinking to go with AMD since the CPU and MoBo are so cheap.
I already picked a 24" monitor and the rest of the little parts, they won't affect the system too much.
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October 24, 2010 6:32:41 AM

if you were to go to amd, choose the 955 be. Not sure on amd motherboards. This would be good since your using only on graphics card. Just be aware that the amd would bottleneck before the intel but by then you might as well upgrade to the current tech
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October 24, 2010 7:00:20 AM

i personally would ditch LGA1366 for a gaming system in your budget. it eats too much of it up and leaves you with a 2+ year old video card. heres what i would suggests

CPU

Core i5 760 $169.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

motherboard

Asus P7P55D EVO $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

memory
G-Skill Ripjaws 4GB DDR3 $84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

hard drive
same $89.99

Power Supply
same $69.99

case
Cooler Master CM690-II Advanced $89.99 (i have this case, so im partial to it, but it is a good case with fantastic airflow)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

total after MIR $664.94 which leaves you with $335 that can be placed towards the graphics card(s)

some suggestions

GTX470 $259.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

good if you dont want to run SLI or crossfire

HD6870 $239.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

alternative if you prefer ati. the 6870 performs a little better than the HD5850 and its cheaper.

i know you said no sli or crossfire, but for $25 more than your budget, you can crossfire 2 HD6850's and get better performance than the two cards i mentioned above.
xfire HD6850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

either of those options for video cards are a much better improvement over a GTX 260.
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