Plan for first home-built gaming PC

Hello I about to list the parts I have compiled for my first PC that I will personally be building. I am in Iraq and plan to use a small bit (5k max) of my cash on this new system. I have two months before I will be back in the states and I plan to do whatever I can to make sure I am getting top notch for gaming power with my money.

Please leave me your opinons on what could be changed to increase quality and performance. Thanks


Case: CM HAF 932

PS: 1200W PC & Power Cooling ATX12V SLI Ready

Video: 2x BFG GTX 285 SLI

RAM: 12GB (6x2GB) Corsair DDR SDRAM 1600

Mobo: Asus P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX

Proc: Intel i7 920 Nehalem

Alternate cooling: Noctua NH-U12P CPU Cooler

HD: 300G 10k RPM WD

Monitor: Asus 24" HDMI LCD

DVD/CDROM: Asus 22x DVD Burner w/ Lightscribe SATA

I plan to duel boot XP Pro, and Vista Ult. 64-Bit (Gonna need to learn how)

Everything here was listed in the price to include the OS

With all this I was sitting at around 3.4k with all parts being from Newegg

If something does not match up compatibility wise, and you notice please let me know.


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  1. CORSAIR 850TX will power your system with plenty in reserve. Spending $350 more on the PC P&C 1200 will get you 0% improved performance.

    For a gaming machine you want Vista Home Premium 64bit SP1 not Vista Ultimate.

    Going from 6GB to 12GB of RAM will get you this much extra performance .

    Upgrade your LCD monitor: LG W2600H-PF Black 25.5"
  2. And this is just personal preference but for the Cooler Master Haf 932 case chose the Cooler Master V8 CPU cooler - just for the matching color fans.
  3. Get the P6T Deluxe V2 motherboard.

    +1 850tx

    +1 V8

    +1 Haf 932

    HDD: Get two WD6401AALS drives in raid 0

    Better ram choices:
    or if you want some really good ones:
    Don't get more than 6gb of ram, there is no reason to. You will see no benefit from it.
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