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I'll answer these questions because I'm a noob
1. Budget: 1500 incl. monitor
2. Brands: no specific
3. Multitasking: Yes - i like to do many things at once, download/ stream music, excel, word, matlab, aim, tons of firefox windows open, etc.
4. Gaming: yes - mostly older games maybe some new ones.
5. Calculations: Does solidworks/Autocad count here?
6. Overclocking: Yes - but i'm new to this so i'm going to take it slow and medium to light.
7. Storage: Might be doing a raid 5 2GB (5x500 or 4x 750)
8. Legacy Support: no
9. Operating System:I haven't used linux but probably might try it along with XP
10. Case: I think i'm okay with this ;)
11. Accessories:Got em
12. Recycled Components: no I'm currently on a 5 year old laptop
13. Monitor: Is my selection okay?
14. Stores: Newegg, duh
15. Location: USA

LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model GH22NP20 - OEM - $30

XCLIO WTBK ADVANCED Fully Black Finish Steel / Plastic ATX Full - $130

Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10000 RPM SATA 1.5Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM - $170

Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP support - $230


Debating between:

SAPPHIRE Toxic 100225TXSR Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
$180- $20 MIR = $160

AND

MSI NX8800GT 512M OC GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - $185 - $25 MIR = $160



OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W ATX12V Power Supply
- $125 - $35 MIR = $90

Saitek PZ30AU Black USB Wired Standard Eclipse Keyboard
- $35

Logitech G9 Black 5 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse -$75 (Cause it's just so sweet)

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4 - $54 - $25MIR = $29

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - $180

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8500 - $270

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler v- $27

That brings me to around $1430 after all MIRs + tax ($105) and shipping ($21) if i go with Newegg.

Just wondering what some of you who have done this recently think - I haven't don't my homework so much with the video cards so I'm not sure if it's worth it for the more expensive ones or not. I think the power supply of 700w should be sufficient but I wanted to see what you guys thought.

TIA
 
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