1100 Gaming build

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next few months BUDGET RANGE: 750-1100

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900,

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Thank you for the help.

Here is what I came up with so far,


EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16814130339
$120

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16811129021
$99.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16827136152
$69.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16822136320
$139.99

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16829102006
$94.99

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16835100007
$8.99


ASUS V-60 92mm Vapo Bearing CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16835101011
$39.99


EVGA 132-CK-NF78-TR LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
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EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.187767
$229.99


Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400
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OCZ Gold 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Quad kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2G8008GQ
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.194392
$247.98


Grand Total: $1,135.88
 

rewindlabs

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Uhhh thats WAAAAY to much on the psu....and ditch the dual core...and do you have a 7.1 surround sound system? if not there is no reason to get a dedicated card imo...especially not for 100$..

If i where you i would opt for an amd quad core build with the 940be or 955 and pair that with a single 4770 to start out with...later on you can xfire with another 4770 and have one hell of a system...way better than a dual core system......waaaaaaaay better
 
Your build isn't bad....if it was 2006, and not 2009...lol...j/k...but ya it could use some help. First off those Nvidea chipset boards blow, and the 9800gtx+ has been remade/replaced by the newer gts 250 cards which run cooler, only use one PCI-E adapter, they don't use as much juice, they aren't as long, and they scale better in newer games than the 9800gtx+. As the other poster mentioned, your psu is major over kill, and what's with the 8 gigs of RAM for a gaming rig ? Also on board sound these days has come a long ways so I would hold off on the sound card at first to see if you notice any difference. Now if you go up to the WD Black 640 gig HD, you get a much quicker HD for only a few dollars more.

I'l post a decent build that allows you to run SLI later on if you so choose, and then I will post a Crossfire option also.

*SLI Option

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16811129021 $99.99
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005 $94.49 ($74.49 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U3R Combo Price: $423.99 | w/coupon code: $413.99 Free Shipping
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CrossFireX/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, Retail
Use coupon code: Take10 for additonal $10 off.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029 $41.99 Free Shipping*
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835154003 $4.99
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130468 $129.99 ($119.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
EVGA 512-P3-1150-TR GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Free Cryostasis game w/ registration at manufacturer website

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.193835 Combo Discount: -$5.00 Combo Price: $169.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152 $23.99 Free Shipping*
LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM

Total: $979.92 | $929.92 w/mail in rebates

*Crossfire Option

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121317 $99.99
ASUS EAH4770/HTDI/512MD5 Radeon HD 4770 512MB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022 $84.99 ($59.99 after $25.00 Mail-In Rebate)
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

Total: $939.92 | $894.92 w/mail in rebates

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/gigabyte-nvidia-sli-motherboard,7463.html <--- Gigabyte: Enable SLI On X58 Boards

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.aspx?ITPID=mscomsc <--- Save yourself some money on an o/s and dl the 64 bit version of Windows 7
 

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ok SLI is OVERKILL FOR 1440 x 900 unless you are going on 1920 x 1080 TVs or monitors

so i would drop the SLI or CROSSFIRE in the future. no need for it.

so i would get ether a GTX 260 or 4850 or maybe 4870

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127430 gtx 260 for $164.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102824 4850 for $99.99

i would not waste money on a 4770 when a 4850 will beat the SH!T out of it for same price.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161268 4870 for $141.99


also i would get the Antec 300 case

HERE's MY BUILD way better than the one above



also no need to have 8 GBs of ram just yet there is no diffrence in gamming with 3 to 8. they did a memory test here on toms hardware there was no diffrence in gamming at all if you have 3gbs of ram all the way to 8. but if you had 2gbs of ram you would see a difference of performance lost.

you could probally get away with building a Nehalem I7

If your going spend that much money your going to want a better monitor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151175
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM $22.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail 58.95


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
$59.99


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817121045
KINGWIN ABT-730MM 730W ATX / BTX SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $74.99


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236053
ASUS VH222H Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor Built in Speakers 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR20000:1) w/ SPDIF out - Retail $159.99

Like i said SLI/Crossfire is a waste for 1440x900 but all you need is one good video card 4850X2 will wipe the floor agianst all most single cards for this price range in all games at 1080P even beats out the GTX 280 a lot as well. but if you are skeptical about getting this card becasue its 2 GPUs on one card and driver issues. you could get a GTX 280 but it will be a lil slower but you wont have to worrie about driver issues as much

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102809
SAPPHIRE 100270SR Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $249.99

That has allmost the same performace as a 4870X2


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145184
CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $46.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128380
GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $79.99
really you do not need SLI/Crossfire to play games at a good framerate

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115131
Intel Core2 Quad Q9400 2.66GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail $214.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003
XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail $38.99

i own this and i have my Q6600 OCed to 3.6 i usually idle around 36-43 depends on ambient temperature in the room its cool in my room rate now. load temps are usually around 58-55. on a hot day it will hit 60.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233019
XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail $5.49 i recommend this for the the cooler it makes it easier to put it on.



Grand total $1,013.35
 

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Thank you for the replies, thank you thank you thank you. I clearly have much to consider, thank you all again. I will read and re-read what you all have said several times.