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November 15, 2010 9:26:34 PM

i had posted a thread earlier but wanted to reformat it to make it easier for you to read:

Purchase date: week-month, whenever i decide on the final specs.

Budget range: about $1000 including a monitor.

System usage: gaming

Parts not required: replacing a hp dv7-1025nr laptop so i need evertything.

Preferred website: newegg.com

Country: United States

Parts preference: intel cpu and nvidia gpu.

overclocking: gpu, yes. cpu, maybe.

SLI: no

monitor: aiming at around 1680-1050

Parts:

Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - OEM

RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEBP 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASUS MS227N Glossy Piano-Black / White 22" 2ms Ring Stand & Ergo-Fit Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 50,000 :1 (ASCR)

EVGA 01G-P3-1370-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

GIGABYTE GK-K6800 Glossy Black 103 Normal Keys 14 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Professional Multimedia Keyboard

Patriot Viper II Sector 5 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model PVV34G1333LLK

ASRock P45X3 Deluxe LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 Yorkfield 2.66GHz 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80580Q8400

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM


this total build is about $980 right now. i would max at around another $100 so if you recommend any replacements keep it in mind.

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November 15, 2010 9:45:31 PM

Running out of time to respond to this for a bit, but you should be able to use newer tech and still reach the same price point.

CPU - i5-760 - $209
Mobo - Asus P7P55D-E Pro - $180, currently out of stock, but best P55 mobo around
RAM - Corsair XMS3 CL9 1600 MHz 4 GB kit - $70
GPU - Zotac 1 GB GTX 460 - $190 (-$20 MIR)
HDD - Seagate 7200.12 1 TB - $70, or a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB for $5 more
ODD - cheapest SATA DVD burner - $16
Monitor - Acer 21.5" 1920x1080 - $140
PSU - Corsair 650TX - $90 - free shipping (-$20 MIR)
Case - Antec 300 Illusion - $70 - free shipping
OS - Win 7 Home Premium - $100

EDIT (bad math, thanks to vindictive for the correction):
$1135 - no taxes, MIRs, shipping, or combos accounted for

Keyboard & mouse extra, but can be had for less than $20 at the low end.
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November 15, 2010 9:56:36 PM

the raidmax tower i have has a 500W power supply with it, which is enough to power the gtx 460. is the power supply in this model not very reliable? if i keep my current tower and psu then i save $80 that can either be saved or spent elsewhere.
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November 15, 2010 9:58:57 PM

With no details on the power supply in the item description, the safe assumption is that it is unreliable.

This recent article is an interesting read on power supplies.

With the mail-in rebates counted, the build above is already saving you $80. :) 
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November 15, 2010 10:11:41 PM

I agree with coldsleep's build.. however I am partial to the Samsung 1TB ( i don't rcomend any drives higher they jst are not reliable above 1TB imo) i am unfamiliar with zotac brand so I cannot comment.. also I am partial to the haf 922 case which is about the same price. Everything else from coldsleep looks great if you plan to overclock, you will want to use an aftermarket cooler though.. like the Hyper 212+
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November 15, 2010 11:53:40 PM

i don't know what math you are doing, but that build is well over $1000 after rebates.
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November 16, 2010 12:32:27 AM

coldsleep said:
Running out of time to respond to this for a bit, but you should be able to use newer tech and still reach the same price point.

CPU - i5-760 - $209
Mobo - Asus P7P55D-E Pro - $180, currently out of stock, but best P55 mobo around
RAM - Corsair XMS3 CL9 1600 MHz 4 GB kit - $70
GPU - Zotac 1 GB GTX 460 - $190 (-$20 MIR)
HDD - Seagate 7200.12 1 TB - $70, or a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB for $5 more
ODD - cheapest SATA DVD burner - $16
Monitor - Acer 21.5" 1920x1080 - $140
PSU - Corsair 650TX - $90 - free shipping (-$20 MIR)
Case - Antec 300 Illusion - $70 - free shipping
OS - Win 7 Home Premium - $100

Total: $945 - no taxes, MIRs, shipping, or combos accounted for

Keyboard & mouse extra, but can be had for less than $20 at the low end.

1135
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November 16, 2010 1:08:58 AM

is there a big difference between the 760 and 750 to justify the extra 10-15 dollars. also, i don't need the best p55 mobo around, i'm aiming for medium-medium high that is focused on graphics and not computing power. games don't stress your cpu nearly as much as your cpu. this is probably the weakest part of my knowledge is good cpu/mobo combo and the compatible RAM.
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November 16, 2010 1:43:13 AM

760 gives a multiplier of 21. 750 has x20. if OCin get 760. ram= mushkin enhanced blkline 2x2gb ddr3 1600 cas 7
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November 16, 2010 1:57:20 AM

Clearly I forgot something when I was adding, what with being in a rush to get out the door. Perhaps the motherboard.

Suggested alterations:
-$10 switch CPU to the i5-750
-$35 switch mobo to ASRock P55 Extreme4 - 8x/8x, USB 3.0, SATA 6.0 Gb/s
or -$60 for this Gigabyte P55 USB3 - no SATA 6.0 Gb/s, but USB 3.0 is probably more important overall.

Could go with a cheaper case/PSU, though the above gets you below $1100, in theory.

I'd recommend against going with the last-gen tech that was originally being considered. Needing the monitor makes it hard to get any powerful build under $1000. It can be done, but it would require switching to an AMD build, which the OP indicated being against.
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