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~$1200 Gaming PC - Are these good parts/ready to buy?

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October 25, 2010 4:56:20 PM

I am looking to build a ~1200 gaming pc in the next week or two. I'm hoping to build something that will have some longevity to it - ie: I can just buy another card for crossfire/sli in the future to keep it going for an extra year.

Currently here is what I've picked out based on other forum comments and reading around. (I prefer newegg to buy from, but if there is a cheaper legit alternative i'm always open to that).

CASE:
N82E16811129021
(Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$110

MONITOR:
N82E16824236052
(ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$170 after $10 mail in

MOTHERBOARD:
N82E16813131621
(ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$180 -10% with promo = $162

CPU:
N82E16819115067
(Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$209

CPU FAN:
N82E16835103065
(COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$30

HARD DRIVE (I already have a 750GB one to supplement this):
N82E16820167031
Intel X25-M SSDSA2MH080G2K5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$205 + Free Star Trek Online Game (might be fun?)

PSU:
N82E16817139006
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$110 -> $90 after MIRebate

RAM: (I don't really need more than 4gb for gaming on win7 x64 prof.?)
N82E16820145285
CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$90 -> $80 after MIR

The psu has a combo deal with the ram that's why I picked that particular ram. Together they cost $170 and after both their MIR's -> $140

GFX CARD:
N82E16814127510
MSI N460GTX CYCLONE 1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
**I already have this graphics card, long story, but yeah..

Total with MIR's: 1116 (not including already purchased graphics card).

I also already have a mouse, and I'm going to get an upgrade to windows 7 x64 professional.
I hope that covers it. Located in KY (for purchasing reasons this may be relevant).

Thanks in advance for any guidance in terms of:
1. Do you have a better recommendation for parts based on this ~price range
2. Can this current setup be overclocked without additional cooling/whatever (i'im not really comfortable with overclocking, but there appear to be several good guides that I would look into in maybe a year if I feel it needs a boost.
3. Is the psu good enough for future sli/crossfire?

4. edit: I don't have a keyboard, anyone know of a cheap decent keyboard, preferably with some controls for itunes/music while playing a game (next song, volume up and down etc.) - thanks : )

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October 25, 2010 5:27:25 PM

1. Yes, very nice build, though some may reccomend a newer gen SSD which I don't know enough about to tell you what to buy, someone will show up soon with more info on that.
2. Yes easily overclocked and nice cooler for it too.
3. Yes, more than enough.

Also yes on the ram question 4gb is plenty
October 25, 2010 5:31:45 PM

Thanks for the quick reply. Good to know about the parts. I'll see if anyone suggests a different SSD. I just enjoy that one due to the 80gb size vs several others that are only ~60.
I thought about making a pun involving the speed of your reply to my post and your name being 'sonic-boom' but then stopped.... : )
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October 26, 2010 6:52:18 PM
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KomputerIlliterate said:
Any suggestions on a possible different SSD and a good keyboard would be greatly appreciated.

I was thinking about switching to this ocz 120 gb SSD (only 21 dollars more and gives 40 more gb :D 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thoughts?


Since you are getting the vertex 2 and building your pc you might as well spend $30 less buying buying the 3.5" ssd(it performs exactly the same). Only reason to get a 2.5" is if you plan to put it in your laptop.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you want a gaming keyboard where it shows stats in game on a small lcd screen on your keyboard then the Logitech G15 is for you and it also has illuminated keys for night-time gaming.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
sells for $75 normally but has a rebate until the end of today for $55 total price.
I currently have the G11 and will be buying the G15 today!
October 26, 2010 8:07:14 PM

Awesome suggestion on the change in SSD, that just saved me a ton.

Keyboard looks good, i'll have to check out game compatibilities.
Thanks!
October 26, 2010 8:27:32 PM

Best answer selected by KomputerIlliterate.
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