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700 Gaming build with upgrade path

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: 700 After Rebates, Then add a GPU later.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Watching HD movies, Recording OTA, (After GPU Starcraft 2, Portal 2, Oblivion)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, Optical Drive, Hauppauge WINTV-HVR-2250, Current GPU will be Winfast 128mb PX6600 GT TDH. Then I'll upgrade.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg / Tigerdirect

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Slight preference for Intel, Full case

Overclocking: Maybe - Not at first.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe - For an upgrade path

Monitor Resolution: 1024x768 then 1920x1200

Additional Comments: A case with few LEDs. (I don't need it to be a night light.)

Here's the plan - My kids' computer was fried, I need a computer for myself so I can rotate this one down to them. I tend to keep computers for twice as long as most people so I like to have a good upgrade path. Here is the I have $700 now to buy a good base. I'll start with a decent Quad Core with my own my own Winfast 128mb PX6600 GT TDH. Then I'll get a new GPU that matches the computer then I'll get another GPU then perhaps an SSD.

Here is what I have in mind: (Prices are after combos / rebates)
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor $199.99
GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 $184.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) $79.99
Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W $119.95
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $69.99
Total: $654.91

Any other advice on the case (not too bright)? Is this a good build? What GPU should I get (later) that will go with the CPU / MB? (Something at a similar power/dollar pricepoint)

Thank you
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  1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.514077

    This is a really decent set-up for the cash and leaves you plenty to pick up a nice GPU. Hexacore kit.
  2. As for cases, I have two Cooler Masters and an Antec 900. The Antec boxes just don't lend themselves well to cable management. This Rosewill CHALLENGER for $60 is a bit cheaper, has more fans and a bracket for an SSD. You might want to consider stepping up to a Lian Li - I helped a friend build out this one: LIAN LI Lancool PC-K7B
    Another alternative might be this COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2
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    Oh forgot the GPU recommendations: GTX 460 1GB or an AMD 6850. If you want a step up from that, go to an AMD 6870. Steer clear of the GTX470, since it sucks a lot of power.
  4. Best answer selected by edpinkley.
  5. eloric said:
    Oh forgot the GPU recommendations: GTX 460 1GB or an AMD 6850. If you want a step up from that, go to an AMD 6870. Steer clear of the GTX470, since it sucks a lot of power.

    Eloric,
    Thanks for the information. I think I'll go with the Rosewill and I'll look at the GTX 460 when it is time. Do you (or anyone) have advice on a brand?
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