Need help inbuilding my first gaming pc

First off im new to building computers and i need help on what hardware gose with what. I have checked the parts that i want and i think they will work together but i want to make sure. Also i would like to knjow how well this computer will preform when gaming. thanks in advance


XFX MBN790IUL9 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 790i

Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 Wolfdale 3.33GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

hard drive
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb

3G ram ddr3

vid card
dual (EVGA 896-P3-1262-AR GeForce GTX 260 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 )

power supply
COOLMAX CUG-950B 950W ATX12V V.2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply

alot of ppl say that the stock fan and heatsink sucks for the processor ( what would be a good one to get)

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  1. Good Heat Sink for your build would be a Xigmatek Dark Knight.

    Also, swap out the hard drive for this...

    If you can afford it, this drive is even faster and an absolute steal for the price.

    That power supply is complete overkill...

    This one is $79 with a rebate and much better quality.

    Spend $20 more and snag this ram. Your motherboard is only dual channel so it doesn't make sense to snag three DIMMS of ram.

    You might even want to change motherboard to this

    Then you will need some DDR2 memory to go with it.

    This RAM has tight timings and no MIR for a cheap price.
  2. thank you very much
  3. No problem, just thought I would add my $.02. Let me know if you have any questions. I personally advise the new motherboard and DDR2 RAM.
  4. but dose the motherboard you recomend suport two of the vid cards i plan to use?

    im also worried about some of the wireing being too short
  5. How much is your budget?

    The GA-EP45-UD3P that was suggested to you is one of the best P45 motherboards out and I highly recommend going with it. I would highly discourage you from picking a 7 series motherboard due to the high frequency of stability issues they encounter. If you want to SLI (use 2 nvidia GPU's) then you need to build an i7/X58 PC instead. If you don't have $1200 to spend, then don't plan on SLI, go with an ATI card now and plan for crossfire (2 ATI cards) later. The equivalent GPU to the one you were looking at is the 4870 1gb:

    Excellent ram at and excellent price:

    The E8600 is way overpriced, go for an E8400 and just OC it and save yourself $100, or Get the Q9550 for the same price.

    That coolmax PSU you chose is overpriced crap. If you want to get 2 GPU's in xfire later, then go with the Corsair 750tx:

    Get a 64bit OS, 32bit severely limits your ram capacity.
  6. Thank you for the advise just to clear up one thing the mother board that was suggested supports 2 of the vid cards you suggested?
  7. also one other thing im gona go this the processor you suggested but i need to know how to OC it properly
  8. The GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P that was suggested does support 2 ati cards in crossfire. So yes, it will fit 2 4870s.

    Edit: The e8400 then? Make sure to also grab the xigmatek dark knight heatsink for overclocking.
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