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February 24, 2009 3:43:20 PM

I'm considering this built for a system that will be used for computer gaming (WOW) and document editing. Please critique. TIA.


Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor

ASRock X58 Supercomputer ATX Intel Motherboard

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory

BFG Tech GeForce GTX 280 BFGEGTX2801024OC2E Video Card

Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Antec Performance One P180 Silver Computer Case

ZALMAN ZM-CS4A Socket 1366 Clip Support Kit for CNPS9500/9700

SAMSUNG SyncMaster 305T Black 30" 6ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor

SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S223Q

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders

Will also be adding an additional hard drive from existing system.




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February 24, 2009 3:49:48 PM

FYI, for wow and document editing (i.e. MS Word) that system is overkill^3.

ASRock isn't the greatest brand ever--you might consider a P6T or Gigabyte on the mobo.

If you do plan on SLI later you're going to have to upgrade the PSU.

That 30" is going to burn a hole through your bank account.

an E8500/P45/4gig Pi-Black would more than meet your needs, and be close to half the price. Is there a need for the bleeding-edge setup?
February 24, 2009 5:40:43 PM

The build is for my wife. She wants it to be capable for future gaming demands. The ASRock seemed to get good reviews at Newegg but I'll look at the other ones and a bigger PSU as well. Thanks!
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February 24, 2009 5:43:31 PM

Never a problem. You may want to take a look at a 24" monitor though. I mean, 30 is just so...big (and I hope you know there is an awesome joke to be made, but I am restraining myself here ;) )
February 24, 2009 5:59:37 PM

+1 to different motherboard.
I would also suggest considering a gtx285 over a gtx280. Not much price difference.
I would ditch the VelociRaptor and get a WD caviar black instead.

Also find someone to verify that a gtx280/285 will fit well into your P180 case.
February 24, 2009 6:08:39 PM

I think you should go for a 24" too...30" is huge, its too big for me, I would actually prefer to game on a 24" instead, price differences aside. If you sit 5 feet away from your monitor, then maybe you consider the 30"
February 24, 2009 6:15:16 PM

I'm also pretty sure that the GPU would fit in the P182. I have a friend running one with a new core i7 setup...and knowing him, I would have to assume he either has a new gtx, or an hd 4xxx series
February 25, 2009 12:23:12 AM

It will fit, but it limits you to 3 hard drives. I had this issue with my 8800gtx and that's why I didn't get the P182.
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