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Need Advice on Budget Gaming PC Build

Approximate Purchase Date: within 2 weeks

Budget Range: Under $800 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Light work, Light video, etc.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, hard drive, DVD-RW, and monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg tigerdirect amazon. Pretty open to other good sites.

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Considering Intel because I'd like to have a viable build for ~4 years. However, if we can build something that would be good for ~2 years, then maybe AMD.

Overclocking: Maybe - probably not initially, but down the road I might.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe - Not initially. Perhaps. I currently have a 9800 card that is SLI ready that I could salvage, but I was considering purchasing a 450 (see below) for future SLI.

Monitor Resolution: widescreen resolutions 1200 and above.

Additional Comments: I'd like to be running Starcraft 2 at high settings. Also, I'm confident that when the next Elder Scrolls game releases, I'll be getting into that. I know that building for 4 years out is difficult to do, but longevity is something that I want to keep in mind.

Here's the setup I'm looking at:

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

MSI P67A-G45 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67

MSI N450GTS CYCLONE 1GD5/OC GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB

Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W

Any advice, tips, suggestions, or snide remarks are welcome!

Thanks in advance.
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  1. Here's V2 of that PSU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020&Tpk=tx650%20v2

    Just a heads up, you won't be able to overclock that i5, you need a K series for that.

    When you say 1200 you mean 1920x1200 correct? For that, I'd get a little more GPU power - a 6850 maybe?
  2. Thanks for the psu link.

    Hmm. I've never overclocked before, but I imagine the option would be good down the road. Do you think it's worth it to setup for overclocking or do you feel that the cost/benefit isn't there.

    Yes regarding the resolution. The 6850 sounds good, and please forgive my ignorance, I've read the SLI/Crossfire guide, but want to be sure I understand correctly. Does crossfire link cards the same way SLI does? Do you think the 6850 is a better way to go than to pick up another 9800 and SLI those cards?

    Thanks for all your help.
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    Overclocking can be worth it and it can not be. It's always good as a learning experience, but I feel if you are going to spend an extra ~30 on the CPU and ~$30 more on a HSF just for a minimal overclock, it's not a good value. On the other hand, most of my machines are overclocked.

    I would get a new GPU. Yes, Crossfire is pretty much an exact equivalent of SLI.
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