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Case:
COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
$199.99

Motherboard:
ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$284.99

Graphics Card:
1 ASUS ENGTX570/2DI/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card ASUS ENGTX570/2DI/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$349.99

PSU:
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
$109.99

CPU:
Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950 Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
Item #: N82E16819115211
$294.99

Ram:
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX6GX3M3A1600C9 CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX6GX3M3A1600C9
$89.99

Hard Drive:
1 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$54.99

DVD Drive:
1 ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
$19.99

OS:
1 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
$99.99

Thermal Paste:
1 Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
$10

Total Cost:$1514

Also looking at the ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard instead, which only costs
189.99 Makeing the total cost go down to $1419. Cost is an important factor too. I do not do any over clocking either. Please help me out with which mobo i should get! =)

Game resolution: 1920x1200 usually.
Is a better OS needed ? I plan on playing Counter-strike at the highest setting and wow at pretty good settings.
I Will also be using this PC a lot for college, computer science courses specifically. Mainly just programming. Thanks for any help!
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  1. Best answer
    Looks a fantastic rig :)
    If you don't need 3-way SLI,then go with Sabertooth X58,it's a great board.
    And the OS is fine,unless you need more security features(which you have to buy the professional or ultimate version)
    If you only play those games,then GTX 570 is a waste.Cards like GTX 460/HD 6850 can handle WoW and Counter strike perfectly fine on that resolution.
  2. Waste of money on CASE/MOBO/GPU. Go with HAF 932/ASUS Sabertooth/6850.
  3. Thanks for all help! I do want this rig to be able to handle some newer games coming out, will the ASUS Sabertooth/6850 be good enough ? For instance starcraft 2 at high settings, or battlefield bad company 2 at high settings? Thanks so much for the quick reply's!
  4. Yes,6850 can handle both of those games fine on 1080p resolution
  5. Since you will be doing college work on this, I highly recommend a 2nd HDD for backup purposes, so you can automate data backups from Drive 1 to Drive 2.
  6. Best answer selected by nstack.
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