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February 12, 2011 4:14:13 PM

My current PC is running out of room for upgrades, so I'm going to be selling it to a friend. I get my tax refund on Feb 18th. I'll be getting back about $5k, but only want to spend $1500 max on a computer. I game at 1680x1050.

I can reuse my current monitor, mouse and keyboard and one HDD. I can't reuse my OEM Windows 7 though. I'm leaning towards an AMD build to make the budget a little easier. I picked out some parts and was looking for some input/suggestions.

Case: I like tacky flashy cases
(I currently have an original Antex 900, and despite what some say, I actually enjoy my case for the most part.)
Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129097
or
(looks to have better cable management, and solid reviews)
COOLER MASTER Storm Scout $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119196

Motherboard:
(MSI has been a good brand to me, and Tom's Hardware had a positive review of this board. Also the blue Mobo would match the blue LEDs if I get the 900 case)
MSI 890FXA-GD70 AM3 AMD 890FX $199
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130274

Ram:
(been using G.Skill for years and hasn't let me down yet. Currently 4GB is enough for me, but I might want 8 for futureproofing)
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231439
or
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231440

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727


GPU:
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti $250
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565

PSU:
(I prefer modular, and the PSU is the last thing I would want to skimp on. Would this be enough? I may add a 2nd GTX 560 someday)
SeaSonic X650 Gold 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151088

SSD bootdrive:
Intel X25-M SSDSA2MH080G2K5 2.5" 80GB $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167031

Windows:
I can't reuse my OEM Win 7, which kind of sucks. I'm thinking the retail version might be a better route this time. $180

Also I can reuse my old keyboard for the time being. I was going to get a Razer Black Widow, but read some bad things about them. I guess they keystrokes register at different speeds, so if you time "OMG" really fast it might come up as "OGM". Anyone know of any good backlit mechanical keyboards?

This all currently comes to $1340 if I opt for the more expensive case and ram. I'm just looking to make sure that everything's compatible and I didn't miss anything. Also open to suggestions if I can save money/get a better part for about the same price.

Edit: Fixed my links

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February 12, 2011 4:48:43 PM

That board seems a bit spendy imo for a single card set up. Same with the psu seeing how a decent 550w will do just fine for a single 560 set up and leave you plenty of juice left over for o/c, extra drives, etc....

You can run dual AMD/ATI vid cards on that set up, but if you want the choice to run dual NVIDIA cards...well than you need an Intel build. And if you can hold on until early April the Sandy Bridge cpu's and motherboards will be on the shelves and ready to purchase.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/304879-31-1500-gaming... <--- Posted some links in regards to the benchmarks for those 1155 Sandy Bridge cpu's along with a build on there so you have an idea of what it's going to cost...that build also included a monitor,windows and after market h/s.

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February 12, 2011 4:55:15 PM

For 1500$ I would buy new sandy bridge i5-2500k [228$] or even i7-2600k [~300$+]. But you will have to wait for their mobos =\
Your 4gb selection seem to be "designed" for sandy bridge, so... If still will go for amd build, then: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... cause I think 15$ more is paid for nothing. But note I don't know much about ram, specs seem similar.
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February 12, 2011 5:33:49 PM

Yeah, after looking into it, I'd be better off with an AMD video card as well. Probably a 6870 or 6950. Then I can always add one down the road when they drop in price, if I need more performance.
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