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Old June 29, 2009, 06:52 PM
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Purpose: games, homework, and music, DVDs once in a while
Budget: around 800, 900 if it is needed(USD)
Where I'm buying: newegg, maybe tigerdirect
Brands: Intel for sure, ATI and nVdia are both good for me
Old Parts: G15, DeathAdder, Monitor,4GB memory, 800mhz
When: this summer

Well this what i found so far:
Intel Quad Q9550, OC to around 3.5ghz(I don't know what fan yet, help) ($230)
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MSI GTX260 216 stream processor version ($150 after rebate)
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Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P P45 motherboard(i kno this has 2 PCI-Es x16 but it only says CrossFire, does that mean no SLI brige?) ($115 after rebate)
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WD Black 500GB ($60) I don't need anything larger, theres no use for me
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LG DVD-burner ($25)
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Thermaltake Armor+ Case(is this good?) ($95 after rebate)
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Corsair TX650 watt(will this enough?) ($80 after rebate)
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Windows Vista Home ($85)
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The total:$840

That's it. Correct me if theres better choices. I would like to upgrade this when my stuff gets old. The fans are sufficient, and I don't know about the CPU cooler(Intel cooler sucks).I'm also not 100% sure if the CPU is overkill for gaming, games don't need super-CPU power, it needs graphics, but i want to make sure its good for the future at the same time. Thanks for your help, thank you.
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Old June 29, 2009, 11:25 PM
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Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P P45 motherboard(i kno this has 2 PCI-Es x16 but it only says CrossFire, does that mean no SLI brige?)
Intel chipsets (except X58) don't support SLI. If you want SLI and socket 775, you'll need 750i/780i(/790i if you want DDR3).
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Old June 30, 2009, 10:00 AM
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Looks fine, as for CPU cooler, look to get a noctua cooler or a TRUE. cant go wrong with a TRUE.
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Old June 30, 2009, 11:56 AM
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True's are bloody expensive. If you want to go cheaper a Scythe Mugen 2 is pretty good for around half the price. Don't buy the Vista Home and instead download and install the Win7RC and buy the preorder of Win7 which comes out in october. Use that money you save to grab a gtx275, although a gtx 260 at that price is pretty good.
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Old June 30, 2009, 01:49 PM
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and the scythe mugen 2 will fit in the Armor+ case, correct?
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