Sub $1000 Gaming Build

I am looking for a solid sub $1,000 gaming build. Although I have a $1,000 budget, if I can cut costs without significantly decreasing performance I will.

Approximate Purchase Date: Next few days.

Budget Range: < $1,000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies, internet

Parts Not Required: Mouse, keyboard, speakers, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Not initially, unless its worth the $.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: N/A


I have been reading different posts and put together the system below:

CPU ($205): Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield (I considered the AMD 1090T, but everything I read showed the i5 outperforming it)

CPU Cooler ($30.00): Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus

Motherboard ($190.00): ASUS P7P55D-E Pro

GPU ($250): EVGA GeForce GTX 470 1.2 GB (Also considered the Radeon HD5870)

Memory ($70.00): G.Skill Ripjaws 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600

PSU ($90.00): Corsair CMPSU-650TX 650W

HD ($100.00): Samsung F3R HE103SJ 1TB

Case ($70.00): Antec 300

Drive ($17.00): Lite-on iHAS124-04 OEM

Total - $1,022.00

Let me know what you think.
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  1. The GTX 460 (choose a 1 gb model) is available for nearly $100 less; yet, add a 2nd one later in SLI, and it is quite a formidable performing pair at a still moderate cost!
  2. Your choice of the gtx 470 is fine, 460 sli will not be necessary for your resolution

    haf 912, 10 bucks saved: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233&Tpk=haf%20912
    Your choice of case is also great, just consider this one.

    Preferably wait until sandy bridge, but if you must purchase now build looks solid
  3. For the gfx, the HD6870 does a better job than the 470 for less. Also, if you SLi two 6850s, it'll be a little over $300 but much better than any $300 single card that's out right now. Lastly, seeing as you live in the US, if you have a local microcenter near you, you can pick up an i7 950 CPU for only $200, which is obviously worlds better than the i5-760: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0346210
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