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Well here we go:

LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136177

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136534

Acer X193WCb Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824009210

EVGA 768-P3-1362-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked FTW 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130564

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139005

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TW3X4G1333C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145218

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103065

COMBOS:
Antec 900 with Windows 7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...504.11-129-021

i5-760 with EVGA P55 SLI 132-LF-E655-KR LGA1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.493864

Alrighty, now that we got that out of the way, I guess my "requirements?" are that I can play any game out currently (9/9/10) at playable frames.

I also am interested in video editing, either on an AVCHD camcorder or off of FRAPS (sorry, haven't looked into any other video capture program as of the previously stated date). But this is not the main purpose of this computer, so if anything it'll just be small (less than or about 10 minutes) clips.

Those are the parts that I've "picked" out, or I guess rather just parts that caught my eye with things like "Free Shipping" or "Discount"/"Sale" or the worst of all "Mail-in-Rebate", and just going off of brands that I've been pointed towards, without having thoroughly researching (so not really expecting any of you to do the same for me).

Budget is ≤1100 USD including shipping.

So, questions:

What website should I be looking at for purchasing computer components? I've heard Newegg is good with their customer service, specifically RMA's.

Is 650 watts enough power? I've tried using a calculator online, http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp , but I'm not sure about some of the options that are listed as I'm not anywhere near being tech savvy, although I have disassembled and reassembled 3 old HP desktops for a high school class.

What shipping service would you recommend? ie. Fedex vs UPS vs USPS. I have read somewhere that UPS has a warning that they might "drop" a package from time to time, although I did receive my new G15 just fine from Newegg in 3 days including processing the transfer. Oh, and I don't mind waiting 3-5 days for stuff, its not like I need it to continue fragging (or rather getting outfragged).

GTX 460 or GTX 260? I pretty sure I don't have any games that are strictly DX11, yet the 260's price tag is still a tad bit high for me to justify not going with the 460. But another part of my mind is saying that I would most likely have to replace the 460 in a year or two because it is the "lowest" 400 series card right now, and so if I waited for newer NVIDIA cards to come out then MAYBE the price of the 400 and 200 series might go down.

The motherboard I picked out has SLI, but only 8x/8x if in SLI, with 16x with just one card. If I'm not planning on running SLI at the moment, there is a cheaper board, I think it would save me about 30 or 40 USD...but SLI is there if I need it right? Wait...

CPU cooler and case? Will it fit without fussing around with it? I've read some reviews of other coolers, and they're trouble with fitting a cooler on, so I'm not trying to even go there.

HDD? Wanted some WD Velociraptors, but alas, the budget. Still don't know the difference between Black WD's and Blue's, so I went with the cheaper one at the time.

Optical? I don't have a need for Blu-ray at the moment, but I will need some a DVD burner for the videos. If there is no downside to having a DVD reader/burner and a CD reader/burner in the same drive then that's what I would prefer, but if separate drives are needed for optimal speed, then I suppose I could stick another drive in the antec case right?

I think thats about it right now, its been tough trying to write down everything I had in mind before I started, but I think I got all of it. Anywho, I'll update if and when I get an idea for the proposed build.
 

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The TX650W is more than enough for this system as proposed. Even a quality 450-500W would be fine.
 

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If you are serious about doing Video rendering, it will only help you by getting a chip with HyperThreading.. it will make your life easier.

Everything else looks good. Like previously posted, 650 watts is more than enough juice for that system and then some.
 

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Well, thats the thing, I haven't done anything serious yet, other than a AP Gov project that turned out OK dispite the fact that my editing program wasn't compatible to edit AVC videos, and then the fact that I had to render the 8 minute video on my laptop that took nearly 6 hours to render with a dual core @ around 3.3 GHz (or so I'm told by canyourunit and belarc advisor).

I'd just like to get introduced and then will see how it goes from there. If I like then I can save up for a new system down the road, which hopefully by then 6 cores will be mainstream and 12 cores are equivalent to what the i7 hexacore is now.

Oh that is unless the Mayans really did predict 2012 and it wasn't just that the guy doing calendars had a freak accident and no one wanted to step up to continue it.

[UPDATE]: Yes I did forget to mention another thing, thermal compound. I've read Arctic Silver is good, but IC Diamond is another that I've heard has rave reviews, but unfortunately I could not find any on Newegg, and although I did find some on other websites, I am a bit hesitant to purchase from anywhere else.

First off because I wanted to purchase everything from one place so as to not have to keep up with different parts from different websites, and secondly because I have no knowledge of how reputable the company/website is.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/70..._15_Grams.html

Will continue to update.
 

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So then are you definitely going to overclock?
 

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Well, I will attempt to, but I'll probably find someone's stable configuration and go off that. Or maybe read these forums from top to bottom about overclocking, which I only know that it involves changing voltages or so in the BIOS? Thats about all I know of overclocking (ironic considering the forum name, but I suppose it could've been expected for someone to come and learn from the vast wealth of knowledge and experience of this rather responsive community).

And sorry for this, but as I've mentioned, once I start going my mind just wanders off and I get really off topic, but...

[UPDATE]: Case I have picked out is the Antec 900, just realized after having the window up on it for the last hour that there is indeed a 902 case, and now I'm torn between the 900, the 902, the Cooler Master HAF 922 Mid Tower and the Scout Sniper. I'm not quite sure why I'm so set on getting a Mid Tower, but hey, the Antec comes with Windows 7.

Which reminds me, since I am a student, could I now purchase Windows 7 HP for a heavily discounted price from Microsoft?
 

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Only thing I would recommend is a bigger resolution screen. I had a 1440, and I hated it. 1680 is gonna be a lot better.
 

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Well, I will attempt to, but I'll probably find someone's stable configuration and go off that. Or maybe read these forums from top to bottom about overclocking, which I only know that it involves changing voltages or so in the BIOS? Thats about all I know of overclocking (ironic considering the forum name, but I suppose it could've been expected for someone to come and learn from the vast wealth of knowledge and experience of this rather responsive community).

And sorry for this, but as I've mentioned, once I start going my mind just wanders off and I get really off topic, but...

[UPDATE]: Case I have picked out is the Antec 900, just realized after having the window up on it for the last hour that there is indeed a 902 case, and now I'm torn between the 900, the 902, the Cooler Master HAF 922 Mid Tower and the Scout Sniper. I'm not quite sure why I'm so set on getting a Mid Tower, but hey, the Antec comes with Windows 7.

Which reminds me, since I am a student, could I now purchase Windows 7 HP for a heavily discounted price from Microsoft?

The best way to get into overclocking is to just ask for help on here. You could try using somebody's configuration, but even if theirs is stable, it doesn't guarantee that it'll be stable for you because no two systems are identical when it comes to overclocking.
 

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Honestly the Antec 902 is really outdated, it was great at its time but there is better deals out right now.
I would head over to the case section and post a budget and they will help you find a good case for your money.


If you want the combo deal for windows 7 I saw a thread for a deal to get it cheap, mostly if your a student.
When I find it ill post it for ya.
It ended on the 6th - http://www.overclock.net/online-deal...o-30-ends.html

But if your doing video editing and rendering you might want to go a bit bigger on your screen.

LG 21" $150 with - EMCYXYX24
Asus 22" $149 after rebate

Sure there is more deals for a 21-22" you should look into.
Even if you have to sacrifice a little on your case it would make a worlds difference when doing you work.
 

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Get an i7-860 for the hyper threading and a 1gb gtx 460 and you'll have a beast rig
 
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