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mongo63

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I am creating a new gaming/home entertainment system for around $1000 and would like your comments and recomendations on it.

I am using some items from my current set up like the dvd drive, mouse, keyboard, monitor and video card (GeForce GTX 260).

I have a NZXT Tempest case I will be using for this.


Here is what I am currently considering:

Intel Core i7 920/Gigabyte GA-EX58 cpu/mobo combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.156589

G.Skill 6GB DDR3 1333 SDRAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231223

WD Caviar Black 640GB HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

Corsair CMPSU-850TX power supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139009

Vista Home Premium 64 bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488

Arctic Silver 5 thermal combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007

Rosewill 18" SATA Cable
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812119229


 

xthekidx

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Looks pretty good, you don't need that sata cable unless you have a bunch of oem drives, the mobo comes with 2. You won't be able to add a second GPU however, that board only supports xfire...that would be my only concern. If you wanted to be able to SLI, and since you got a 850w psu I assume you do (otherwise you could get a 500w PSU), then I would do this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.173726 (better ram, and saves money)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131359 (besides supporting SLI, its a much better mobo too)

You will see a good performance boost from your i7 if you overclock in games, the i7 920 isn't the best gaming CPU at stock speeds. I would get this CPU cooler:
http://www.heatsinkfactory.com/scythe-mugen-2-cpu-cooler---scmg-2000.html
 

xthekidx

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Now do you really need an i7? You won't see any gaming performance with the i7 vs. the other platforms available right now, and the i7 is by far the most expensive thing out there. A core 2 or Phenom II rig will do just as well and cost $200 less...
 

mongo63

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I really don't need an i7. I was originally thinking an AMD Phenom but it is still a toss up at this point. Obviously I want the most bang for my buck and if I am spending around $1K I should expect plenty of bang.

 

xthekidx

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If you are open to other platforms, then I would say go with the PII 940
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.165047
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231209

Only hitch is that you can't SLI with that setup, so what I would do is sell your GTX 260 (could probably get $150 or more for it) and then get this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102768

Doing that gives you much better gaming performance, and you can add another 4870 for 3 way xfire in a year when that GPU isn't cutting it. You can play all your games at max settings with that gpu at 1920x1200 resolution. Now if you only have a 19" monitor, then just use the GTX 260 and pocket the extra cash.
 

mongo63

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Interesting.... as I am going to Vista 64 bit I assume adding more ram (to 6 or 8 gig) is the way to go with this set up?
 

xthekidx

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You won't see much more performance gain after 4gb of ram in games, but in other apps it will help out. If you go the i7 route then pick up a 6gb kit and you should be good to go for a long time.