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April 8, 2009 4:09:53 PM

Hey guys, this is going to be my first build, so I’m looking for some advice on my parts list to make sure everything is going to work and that I’m not going the wrong route with anything. I’ve taken apart my older computer so I’ve got a general knowledge of what I’m doing but I’m going to take it slow and easy. This computer will be for gaming and I’ll be playing at whatever resolution I can with everything maxed. My budget is going to be around 1400.00 USD give or take 100.00 depending on what my paycheck is this week.

Video Card ----- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor ------ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard ----- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram ----- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply ----- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case ----- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive ----- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD-DVD-Rom/Burner ----- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS ----- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


This is what I’ve got so far, any criticism is welcomed constructive or not. As I said I’m new so I’m still learning a lot. Thanks in advance for any help or comments.

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April 8, 2009 4:49:46 PM

You're off to a good start, but there are a few changes I would suggest. I think it would be a good idea to find a way to ditch that MSI motherboard. Here's the build I would suggest, which is a mix of your parts and my suggested changes/upgrades.

EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $259.99 (same)

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $288.99 (same)

ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $289.99 (changed)

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $94.99 (changed)

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $139.99 - $20.00 MIR (changed)

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99 (changed)

XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $39.99 (addition)

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99 (changed)

LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model GH22LS30 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $25.99 (changed)

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 (same)

Total - $1,389.90 - $20 MIR
April 9, 2009 12:53:31 AM

I would have made a carbon copy of shortstuff's list, its excellent.

What resolution is your monitor? That affects what GPU you need to be able to play your games. And what games?
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April 9, 2009 1:29:07 AM

k20invictus87 said:
Hey guys, this is going to be my first build, so I’m looking for some advice on my parts list to make sure everything is going to work and that I’m not going the wrong route with anything. I’ve taken apart my older computer so I’ve got a general knowledge of what I’m doing but I’m going to take it slow and easy. This computer will be for gaming and I’ll be playing at whatever resolution I can with everything maxed. My budget is going to be around 1400.00 USD give or take 100.00 depending on what my paycheck is this week.

This is what I’ve got so far, any criticism is welcomed constructive or not. As I said I’m new so I’m still learning a lot. Thanks in advance for any help or comments.


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http://www.tomshardware.com/news/gigabyte-nvidia-sli-mo... <=== Gigabyte: Enable SLI On X58 Boards

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <===pics, spec, and customer reviews of the case in this build

http://www.securemart.com/SMA2101442?mv_pc=294&mv_speci... $119.91
Cooler Master RC-932-KKN1-GP HAF 932 Chassis - 12 Bays - Black

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $139.99 ($119.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $199.99 ($184.99 after $15.00 Mail-In Rebate)
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=I7-920 $265.99 Free Ground Shipping
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $39.99
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $6.99
ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $329.99 ($299.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
BFG Tech BFGEGTX2851024OCPE GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Free Call of Duty: World at War w/ purchase, limited offer

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $94.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99 Free Shipping*
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $24.99 Free Shipping*
LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) 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±R DVD Burner - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 Free Shipping*
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM

Total: $ 1,392.81 *not including shipping / $1,327.81 w/rebates
April 9, 2009 1:02:13 PM

Thanks for the tips guys it's much appreciated. My current monitor is 1920 x 1080 that I'll be using and right now my games library is Far Cry 2, Crysis, Fallout 3, and Left 4 Dead. Library is still small because I just decided that I wanted to get into computer gaming as opposed to my ps3/xbox.
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