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March 6, 2011 5:13:23 PM

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Approximate Purchase Date: Month of March, although it could wait if there will be better deals in the near future.


Budget Range: $900-$1100 Before or after, it doesn't matter.


System Usage from Most to Least Important: MMORPG / FPS


Parts Not Required:
- Keyboard/Mouse
- Monitor (lol) http://www.amazon.com/Dell-IN1910N-18-5-Inch-Widescreen...
- Lian-Li Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Sound Blaster XFI Xtreme Audio http://us.store.creative.com/Sound-Blaster-XFi-Extreme-...
- Speakers


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I prefer newegg.com but, not required if there are deals available elsewhere.


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, Nvidia GPU, and everything else, whatever company is reliable.


Overclocking: None at all!


SLI or Crossfire: At the moment? No. Later? Possibly depending on if I need it and whether or not the gain is worth it.


Monitor Resolution: My current monitor is set at 1366x768


Additional Comments: My current computer was an upgrade from a pc I built over 6 years ago and for the most part, did a great job at handling whatever I threw at it. After about 4 years of very little gaming, I'm just getting back into it and this year seems like the perfect year to do it in, so I would like to be prepared. Most of the games I would like to prepare for are being released at the end of this year which is why I have no problem waiting for any future deals that might be available BUT, Crysis 2 is coming out very soon and I would love to play that game. I'm currently playing an mmorpg called Xyson which isn't that graphically advanced but, my pc seems to hiccup whenever I'm in an area full of activity. And running it on windows 7 with only 2gb of ram doesn't help.


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Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts:

- ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $25.97

- CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $170.98[/b]

- CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $139.99

- Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $209.99

- Western Digital Caviar Black WD6402AAEX 640GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $69.99 ($59.99 ends tomorrow)



So far, that puts me at $616.92 ($606.92 for the HDD deal). So all I really have left is the GPU, and motherboard (I think). I would like to get an SSD but, I will hold off until they become cheaper per gig. I'm going to go ahead and place an order for the HDD now so that way I take advantage of the $10 deal they have that ends tomorrow. I have a couple GPUs in mind but, I'm still not certain about which of those to get just yet. I was looking at the: http://www.evga.com/articles/00604/ as far as the motherboard goes but, I didn't see it on newegg so I wasn't sure what the deal was with that. Thanks and I look forward to seeing what you all have to say!

**Quick edit. Just to add, the total price I just listed above has shipping/rebates included. I'm pretty certain a couple of the parts I listed are considered overpriced but, that's part of why I'm here :D  To get some advice.

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March 6, 2011 6:01:58 PM

With the resolution you are running now, a GTS 450 would handle pretty much everything with high framerates and high quality. You could probably buy something overkill in preparation for a larger/better display. In which case the GTX 560 Ti would be ideal for a single monitor at 1920x1080 IMO.

An 850W PSU will be overkill for those cards.
Seasonic X-650 80Plus Gold Modular $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The only dual card setups a good 650W PSU can't handle are: 2x470, 2x480, 2x580, 2x570 (if overclocking, a lot), on the Nvidia side I didn't list the ATI/AMD ones as you are not interested in those. So if you want the option to persue any of those then maybe it would be a good idea to stick with the 850HX.

The heatspreaders on that RAM will be a pain in the arse if you ever decide to buy an aftermarket heatsink. And 8GB is unnecessary and overkill for gaming, but it'll probably last you another 4 years.

1155 motherboards haven't been re-released yet, it will roughly be another month before they are widely available again.
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March 6, 2011 8:37:14 PM

Check out my build guide a lot of advice for you.
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