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

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October 24, 2010 6:53:49 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 1st of November
Budget Range: $800-$1200 Before Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, software dev,internet
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (Windows 7 Pro)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: none
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Not necessary
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (HANNS G)

Additional Comments: I used TH’s System Builder Marathon (both $1000 and $2000) as a starting point. I decided on an Intel i5 CPU and picked a case, main HD, PSU, and CD/DVD. Based on these decisions I need help picking a Motherboard, Video Card, CPU Cooler, Memory, and 2nd HD. Below are my base selections and my question selections. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Base Selections:
CPU - Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - CORSAIR Professional Series AX750 750W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Main HD - Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD/DVD - LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS-324-98 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Selections with Questions:
Motherboards –
ASUS P7H57D-V EVO LGA 1156 Intel H57 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P7P55D-E LX LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Cards –
MSI N470GTX-M2D12-B GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI N480GTX-M2D15-B GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 015-P3-1480-AR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Coolers –
Cooler Master Intel Core i5 compatible Hyper TX3 Socket 775/1156/AMD 130W 92mm "heatpipe direct contact" CPU Cooler RR-910-HTX3-G1 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ZEROtherm CORE92 Socket 1156/1366 HDT Cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory (6GB) - (Not sure if 6GB is worth the $30-50 more than 4GB)
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1333C9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory (4GB) -
CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model TW3X4G1333C9A G http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT25664BA1339 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2nd Hard Drives -
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

October 24, 2010 10:21:26 AM

Hi, heres a build that i would recommend for your situation, it falls within your budget at $1006.82 (sorry if i didnt take rebates into account, never come across them before, im australian xD).

CPU
The i5-750= $194.99

Motherboard
Asus P7P55D-E LX= $134.99

Case
Coolermaster HAF 912=$59.99 OR your case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
G.Skill ripjaws= $94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics
Asus GTX 460 TOP 1GB= $199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU cooler
Coolermaster Hyper 212= $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU
Corsair HX 650= $199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD
Samsung SPinpoint F3= $69.99
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

The G.Skill RAM is amazing value and awesome performance. The GTX 460 is also an extremely well valued card and plays anygame i have very well, GTX 470's aren't worth it IMO. The CM hyper 212 is a simply awesome cooler which can handle high clocks and at only 30 bucks. The PSU, you don't need a 750, the HX650 is a quality PSU that will even work perfect if you do decide to SLi or do some OC. The Spinpoint also seems better value and is a favourite at these forums.

I know that you have stated that SLi is not necessary but a second GTX 460 would give you stellar game performance, a 460 SLi can surpass a single GTX 480 and its cheaper too, but this is just and idea :) , you choice (it would bring the price up to $1206.81)

I hope this has been of some help to you :)  shout if you need anything else.
October 24, 2010 10:48:08 AM

Correction: The HX 650 is $119.99, not 199.99 my bad.
October 24, 2010 11:57:26 AM

AMD Phenom II X6 1075 & Asus AMD 870 SATA 3/USB3 mobo: $314.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

OCZ 550W Modular PSU and Samsung 1 TB HDD: $114.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Mushkin Enhanced Blacklline 4 GB DDR3-1600 RAM: $83.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sapphire HD6850 1GB video card: $179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill Destroyer case: $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4 Additional fans, Blue LED: $14.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG DVD Burner: $16.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

total $775.91
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