I7 Gaming PC ~$1500 Budget

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I think I've spent enough hours reading through this forum this week. I put together a PC with parts that were either suggest here often, or someone gave a good reason to select. I'm fairly confident in this build but I'd like to hear any critiques before I finalize my purchase.

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-2 weeks.

BUDGET RANGE: $1300-1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (if blizz ever releases the sc2 beta)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg. Unless theres a way better deal somewhere else.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel/Nvidia

OVERCLOCKING: Yes, I'd like to get it to 3.6 on air. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, but not until the Dx11 cards are out and priced reasonably.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: The video card was suggested by someone else planning to upgrade to a dx11 card, I'm still open to suggestions on that, but I'd like to stick with Nvidia. I'll likely pre-order Windows 7 and use the beta until the release.

- Will a 750w PSU handle 2x Dx11 cards? Should I go with an 850 to be safe?
- Is it worth it to order the 920 from a site where it specifically says you'll get the d0 stepping? Or should I just assume Newegg is selling the newer 920's?

Link to Build:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=7095969
 
DX11 cards will be 40nm so they should theoretically give better performance for the same power that the current cards use or give equal performance for far less power like the 4770 vs the 4850. The Nvidia Dx11 cards wont be out until significantly after the ATI ones which should be out within the next couple of months.
 
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looks good. i'd go with the 850 for crossfire. and don't forget an OS we assume you have a monitor?
 


A decent 750w psu like a Corsair or PC Power & Cooling will push dual gtx 275's, a couple of hd's, half dozen fans, and still allow you enough juice to over clock.

Also if you do a google on "ewiz coupons" or "ewiz promo codes" you can take another $5 - $15 dollars off that mobo/cpu combo down below.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197 $129.99
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
New Arrival

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10006382 $100.00 ($70 after MIR) Free Shipping
PC Power and Cooling SILENCER 750W QUAD S75CF Power Supply Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U4P Combo Price: $492.99 Free Shipping
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, Retail
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CorssFireX & 3-Way SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029 $39.99
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/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.199047 Combo Discount: -$7.00 Combo Price: $182.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Free Shipping*
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail l
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=N82E16827151171 $25.99
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 SATA 22X DVD Burner - OEM

Total: $976.93 | $926.93 w/mail in rebates

* a decent case/psu combo deal worth look at...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.200618 Combo Discount: -$30.00 Combo Price: $219.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 - Retail

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.aspx?ITPID=mscomsc <--- Save yourself some money on an o/s until March 2010 and dl the 64 bit version of Windows RC 7

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?category_id=19&product_id=2919 <--- more pics, specs, and professional reviews of that CM HAF 922 case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128374 <--- more pics, specs, and customer reviews of that Gigabyte mobo.
 

bosko

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I'm really liking the HAF 922, looks nicer then the antec 900 for sure. I'm going to stick with the 750w Corsair, their 620 that I have now has been good to me.

The mobo you suggested would save me some cash, but what is it lacking that the p6t deluxe has? And could I OC the 920 to ~3.6 with that board?