Questions on New PC Components

jrmcent

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Hey everyone, I am looking to build a semi-high performance PC, mostly for gaming. I am looking to spend < $1200 without a monitor since I already have a fairly nice one. Below is what I have compiled so far, basiclaly looking for some expert opinion and whether or not I will have any bottlenecks with the equipment I have chosen.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - 194.99

ASUS P5Q-E LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - 144.99

G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) - 44.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready - 109.99

SAPPHIRE 100265HDMI Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP - 179.98

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - 54.99

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - 179.99

HP 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model DVD1060I - 26.99

So total, I am looking at around $950 right now, and honestly I can't think of any other updates that I would even need, provided everything I have selected is indeed compatible.

Some specific questions I do have pertain to the CPU, since I am not specifically planning on OC'ing, is that still the best choice? Or should I got with the E8500? Also, is the power supply sufficient for my set up? All the research I have done points to it being compatible, just want to make sure.

Is there anything you guys would recommend I look into? Or anything that doesn't look right adn recommend I change? I still have room in my budget so an upgrade that would add a lot to the system would be great. More memory perhaps? I have also looked into the i7 CPU's but they just dont seem worth it yet.
 

drippyfausett

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If this is a gaming rig I would get a better gpu. Something like this if you want to keep the same amount of money http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102801 4870 1 gb
It would help to know the resolution on your monitor to pick gpu. Also maybe you want to waitfor the gpu. I hear new tech is pretty close to being released. I'm not sure when though.
I would also get this hdd more money but faster. 640gb caviar black it is pretty fast for being 7200rpms http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319
 

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jrmcent

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Gotcha thank for the tips, would you recommend going with 2 4870's? Or is 1 generally enough? Gaming wise I mostly play WOW, but wouldn't mind paying more for far superior performance.
 

jrmcent

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Yeah sorry that price was for both cards forgot to mention that. I will look at an i7 system, just seems like you may end up paying a lot extra for some of what it needs to operate (MOBO and DDR3). Also as I asked above, I see the 4870 is a favorite, would you guys recommend to Xfire them, or is 1 enough?
 

drippyfausett

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For that monitor I don't even think you need a 4870 1gb. You could probably use the 4850 and save some money. Maybe even the 4830 you posted earlier not sure though.
 

jrmcent

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Maybe I should upgrade my monitor? I thought it was okay but if it wont take advantage of newer tachnology maybe I should get a new one?
 

drippyfausett

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It is totally up to you. It just depends on if you are happy with it still. I have been using my monitor for 3 years and it still suits my needs.
 

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Intel Core i7 920/GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R Combo $449.98 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.156589

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $93.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231225

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

LG Black 22X 2MB Cache SATA 22X CD/DVD Burner $24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152

COOLER MASTER RC-690 Computer Case $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX $89.99 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

MSI R4870-MD1G Radeon HD 4870 1GB with HDMI $179.99 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127413

Link Depot 6 ft. Ultra HDMI 1.3 Cable $9.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812189173

Acer H233Hbmid Black 23" 5ms HDMI Full HD 1080P $209.99 free shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009162

If you plan on overclocking you will have to add-on a better CPU Cooler
XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler $26.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003
with
XIGMATEK ACK-I7361 $9.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233027

ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound $6.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186020

Total $1262.88

I left out an Operating system. You will want to switch over to 64Bit to take advantage of 6GB of Ram and address the 1GB Video Ram.
Notice I included a Monitor in the list. Without the monitor and add OS you are still under budget.
For me personally I would stick with everything for a nice balanced system with upgrade ability.
 

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