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February 27, 2009 11:36:23 PM

Ok, this is going to be my first time building a computer. Basically I'm building one to run WoW with better FPS and higher graphics than I am now (mainly mid-low). So here is what I'm thinking of getting, any advice or corrections are very appreciated.

Case –COOLER MASTER NV 690 NV-690C-KWN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Power Supply –XCLIO STABLEPOWER 850W 850W ATX SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

CPU (Processor) – Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor

Motherboard –EVGA 132-YW-E180-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 790i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

Memory (RAM) – Patriot Viper 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory

Hard Drive – Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200KSRTL 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

Video Card – EVGA 01G-P3-N858-TR GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CD/DVD Drives – LITE-ON Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner with LightScribe (two)

Sound Card – SIIG IC-710012-S2 7.1 Channels PCI Interface SoundWave

Monitor – HP LP1965 Black-Silver 19" 6ms(GTG) LCD Monitor with USB2.0 ports & Height & Pivot Adjustments 300 cd/m2 1000:1

Operating System - Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1

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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
February 28, 2009 12:23:39 AM

What over all budget are you working with?

Do you plan to upgrade the 9600GT video card any time soon? Or get a larger monitor?
22"s are currently nice sized & nice priced LCD monitors.

WoW doesn't make good use of quad core CPUs. Are you looking at playing any other games?
Planning on any overclocking?

Motherboard & RAM mismatch: 790i uses DDR3, but not in 6GB kits. Use 4GB kit instead.

850W PSU in a system that needs only 500W PSU.

Sound card is definitely optional - try using the onboard sound first. If you're not happy with it THEN consider getting a sound card.

Why 2 DVD drives?
a c 113 B Homebuilt system
February 28, 2009 12:28:03 AM

Basically, you would have done better for the cost to get an X58 board and i7 920.

Aside from the RAM issue, the build will work and do what you want though.
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a c 113 B Homebuilt system
February 28, 2009 12:34:23 AM

This would be a good SLI build:
Gigabyte board
i7 920



However, you could have got by with far less motherboard and processor, and upgraded your video card, and had a better balanced system.

February 28, 2009 1:24:43 AM

Thanks for the comments/advice. I'll play around with things and see what I come up with then repost that. Friend was right, this forum is awesome.