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    I know little about gaming PC's nor the requirements of Win7.
    I want the computer to be made (assembled) in the US so that is an absolute.
    I am unwilling to spend beyond $1200...anything more I don't consider worth it.

    I am considering this:
    SYX SG-125 Gaming PC (Systemax)
    Core i7 3.4GHz
    8 GB RAM
    1 TB HDD
    1GB NVIDEA GeForce GTX 550
    Win 7 Prof. 64 Bit

    What does anyone think?
     
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    I would go with an i5 2500K and a good motherboard. There's no game it can't play ultra fast.

    I would go with two 500GB single platter drives. One platter for your OS and secondary overflow partition and the other platter to hold your games and swap files. Then you can backup your data to the secondary drive and achieve a fault tolerance.

    Regarding the gaming card, what kinds of games and resolution/graphics settings would you be using?
     
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    Thank you...and that is a good idea on the 2 drives.
    As for games..shooters primarily.
    Call of Duty
    Crysis
    Gears of War
    etc. etc.
    resolution...1680x1050 is what I have now. Graphics is important to me...but I don't necessarily must have the highest settings
     
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    With that size of a monitor you will be able to play just fine with advanced graphics settings on pretty much all of the games. You might have to scale down the AA with the Crysis engine, but otherwise I think you're pretty full bore.

    The 2500K is a far better processor for gaming/mainstream use. If you're not running 2 high end video cards, then you would be far better off with a 2500K imo.

    I hobby with gaming systems and create them for my friends as well. i7 is a quad core with each core hyperthreaded (allows two instructions per tick per thread. ) and is necessary for high end processing use such as multiplexing video and audio in real time while performing edits in that real time.

    I'd look over that choice as you could save money on the processor and purchase a 120GB SSD as your main OS and then you could play your games from the SSD and use the one TB drive as a storage Drive.
     
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    Hmm...never thought about an SSD...is that what you play from? How much faster does the game load up? I admit I am not a patient person...if there is a significant load-time and "chapter" load times - I will go for it.
     
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    I should have mentioned I also have a split monitor that runs 1920x1080
     
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    Motherboard....between these - which one would you recommend?

    [CrossFireX/SLI] ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Intel Z68 ATX Mainboard w/ Lucid Virtu, Intel SRT, UEFI & 7.1 THX TruStudio Audio, GbLAN, HDMI, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 3 Gen3 PCIe X16, 2 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI [+68]
    [CrossFireX/SLI] ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 Intel Z68 ATX Mainboard w/ Lucid Virtu, Intel SRT, UEFI F-Stream & 7.1 THX TruStudio Audio, Dual GbLan, 2x HDMI, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 3 Gen3 PCIe X16, 2 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI [+135]
    [CrossFireX] Asus P8Z68-V LX Intel Z68 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard LucidLogix Virtu and Intel Smart Response Technology & 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, 2x SATA-III RAID,2 3 PCIe Gen2, 2 PCIe X1 & 2 3CI (All Venom OC Certified)
    [CrossFireX/SLI] Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 Intel Z68 mATX Mainboard w/ ROG Connect, Lucid Virtu and Intel SRT & 7.1 SupremeFX Audio, Intel GbLAN, HDMI, USB 3.0, SATA-III RAID, 2x Gen3 PCIe X16 & 1 PCIe X4 (All Venom OC Certified) [+96]
    [CrossFireX/SLI] Asus P8Z68-V/GEN3 Intel Z68 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ BT GO! Lucid Virtu and Intel SRT & 7.1 HD Audio, Intel GbLAN, USB3.0, 2x SATA-III RAID, 2x Gen3 & 1x Gen2 PCIe X16, 2 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI (All Venom OC Certified) [+94]
    [CrossFireX/SLI] Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 Intel Z68 Chipset ATX Mainboard w/ BT GO! Lucid Virtu, Intel SRT, UEFI BIOS & 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, 4x SATA-III RAID, 2 Gen3 PCIe X16, 1 Gen2 PCIe X16, 2 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI (All Venom OC Certified) [+129]
     
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    i5 2500k
    Asrock Pro 3 Gen 3 motherboard
    Quality ram
    SSD 120 GB for the OS and programs
    500 GB+ for games and the rest of the crap

    Use the money saved on a top end graphics card.

    Although I would wait till the new ivy bridge processors come out in a month or two.

    But basically buy only GEN 3 motherboards, stay away from Gigabyte since they dont use the "new" UEFI bioses. Asrock are cheap but also good. The Asrock I mentioned should cost 105 dollars on newegg.

    i5 2500k can be overclocked to 5GHZ. 220 dollars

    Ram.. make sure it is made for sandy/ivy bridge. GSkill RipJaws and Kingston and Cosair make such ram. RipJaws cost 43 dollars for 8 GB 1600MHZ.

    SSD.. make sure it is SATA 3.. 500 read and write minimum. Intel coming out with a new one this week or next, but OCZ is good too. About 150ish dollars

    That is 520 bucks and add a case and a real HD for storage, so lets say 650... that leaves you a 600 dollars for a graphics card or two!
     
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    Can't say anything better than this.

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    Any decent graphics card will handle a split monitor configuration.
     
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    I missed this post. Sorry. My games load much faster and I'm a FPS gamer as well. If it moves, shoot it and no strategy if it can be helped. I want to turn my mind off when I game. It's a release of thinking and moving to simply reacting.

    Now for Crysis, the usual first load is about 20% faster but the mapping (load) transitions are blisteringly fast.

    My boot is ~40% faster (with SSD and Sandybridge (Z68)) recovery from sleep is almost instantaneous. It did take a bit of work to get sleep mode working correctly.

    I had to play with the releasing of the audio streaming mode and set it to null (not recognized) so that it would not come out of sleep mode. (Even though there was no audio streaming)
     

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