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June 26, 2009 1:16:55 AM

Hello, I am planning on building myself a gaming rig and was hoping I could get some advice on my parts. I did some research and think I have made good choices but some other opinions wouldn't hurt.



Hard Drive


Video Card:



Optical Drive:


OS: Vista Home premium

I think what I am most worried about is the video card but any other recommendations you may have would be excellent

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June 26, 2009 1:33:27 AM

What resolution do you plan to play on?
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June 26, 2009 1:49:02 AM

^+1... Your GPU is good depending on your resolution.

Your MOBO is a good budget board but leaves you no room to expand with Crossfire. I would recommend getting a MOBO with two PCIe x16 slots.
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June 26, 2009 10:17:29 AM

I plan on playing at 1600X1200 or below. I don't plan on using Crossfire either as it is out of my budget of $1200.
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June 26, 2009 11:00:56 AM

There are plenty of good 4870's that pump hot air out of the case . No point having that open style cooler IMO

if you dont use an lcd at its native resolution the image will suck . You are marginal in games with the nr of that monitor . If you want to stick with a 4870 then get a 22 inch with 1680 x 1050 res instead[ or buy a 4890 ]

This memory is better for a phenom and will give you a slight performance boost

dont buy vista
download the release candidate of windows 7 and use that , till the full version is released . Its free , but only download from microsoft
June 26, 2009 12:37:59 PM

Try this build on:

CPU/Mobo combo:
i7 920
Gigabyte UD4P

GPU/Memory combo:
Sapphire 4890
OCZ Platinum DDR3 1600 6GB (3x2)

Case/HDD combo:
Antec 300
WD 640GB Caviar Black

Corsair 650w

DVD Burner:

CPU Fan/Heatsink:
XIGMATEK Dark Knight

Thermal Compound:
Arctic Silver 5

ASUS 21.5" 2MS 1900x1080

Price: $1,296.80, after MIR: $1206.80 (Not including shipping)
June 26, 2009 1:25:47 PM

That is a little over my budget ($1200) ALthough I will pick up the thermal compound. The case and HD combo could work though.
June 26, 2009 2:15:14 PM

I still recommend the same monitor, Case/HDD combo, fan/heatsink, thermal compound, PSU, and DVD-R.

Swapping a few parts to stay in line with your budget...

MSI X58 Pro-E LGA 1366
**EDIT:** Review for mobo justification:

GPU/memory combo:
Sapphire 4870 1gb
OCZ Gold 6gb DDR3 1600 (3x2)

CPU: I7 920 $280

The rest of the links are accurate from before.

$1,191.80, after MIR: $1,121.80 (excluding shipping)

If anyone finds better combo deals let the OP know please.