< $900 Gaming Rig for X-Mas

Approximate Purchase Date: 1/1/11

Budget Range: ~$900 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing, 3D Modeling Software, General Use.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Primarily Newegg. Will be purchasing parts from microcenter.

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: None. Price/performance only.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'll be purchasing a $200 i7-950 from microcenter.


My build thus-far (a work in progress):

Optical Drive - SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model SH-S222L LightScribe Support - OEM
Case - Antec 300
Graphics card - ASUS ENGTX470/2DI/1280MD5/V2 GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
$270 - $30 MIR = $240
PSU/HDD combo: Corsair 650W/Seagate barracuda 1TB 7200 rpm
$150 - $10 MIR = $140
MOBO/RAM combo: Asus sabertooth x58 / G.Skill 3x2GB 1600
CPU : i7-950

Total: $952
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  1. ^ You should know that Intel is going to launch their newer CPUs by Jan 5th, so I would highly suggest you wait till then,...
    Also ATI is going to launch their newer cards by Den 15th, so that should open up some competition in the graphic segment,...
    IMO the X58 is not the best value if no overclocking/ No SLI or Crossfire,...
  2. wait for SB or else your upgrade path will be restricted
  3. Well, i7 950 for $200 is nice, But consider what gkay mentioned, newer chips will be out in Jan..
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