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December 21, 2010 11:19:42 PM

Wise sages of Tom's Hardware,

I'm building a computer for an in-law and I was wondering if anyone had advice on my build. The requirements are:
* Around $1000
* Applications:
- gaming
- microsoft office suite (school / home office)
- flight simulation (unspecified, but probably Microsoft's)
* Upgrade existing dated computer
* Communicate with wireless *G* router when needed


Here are my current components / combos from newegg:
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, $59.95 (50 after rebate)

TP-LINK TL-WN781ND IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCI Express Wireless Adapter Up to 150Mbps Wireless Data Rates 64/128-Bit WEP, WPA, WPA2, $19.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM, $69.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM + Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive , Combo Price: $179.98

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RS800-80GAD3-US 800W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS ... + SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity, Combo Price: $374.98

ASUS P7P55D-E LX LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard + Intel Core i7-875K Lynnfield 2.93GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Unlocked Desktop Processor BX80605I7875K, Combo Price: $424.99

(Optical drive already ordered, $17)

TOTAL: $1146.88

Any build comments / advice is appreciated. Thanks!
December 21, 2010 11:21:16 PM

Also forgot to add: there's about -$50 in rebates that can be subtracted from total
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December 21, 2010 11:50:26 PM

looks pretty decent overall. As always, sandy bridge is out in 2 weeks, nd will change this equation

However: you might consider the i5-760, which is a lot less, also available in a combo saving you $100, for very similar performance to the i7-8xx:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

The board you are looking at has only 1 PCIe16 slot. You'll only need 650W PSU, so get this PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and this HD6870:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

which is only $320 instead of $375
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December 22, 2010 2:27:41 AM

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December 22, 2010 2:30:26 AM

Thanks for the informative reply. Do you think prices will drop with the CES 2011 release for sandy bridge?
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December 22, 2010 9:33:44 AM

almost certainly. everyone says Sandy Bridge pricing will be similar to current i5 pricing
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