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How is my i7 gaming build?

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August 9, 2009 7:43:21 AM


BUDGET RANGE: $1200-$1600

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies. I generally want a great gaming computer with everything else secondary.


PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: or any cheaper place.






Here's my list:

Totals to around 1600. Any suggestions or is this build okay? This is my first build so feel free to critique.

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August 9, 2009 8:03:09 AM

Ram seems a bit more expensive than needed, did you read thw review on 22" monitors? Your monitor response time might be a bit slow, but tbh i didn't look yours up in the review. Only you can read your wish list. Did you want a micro atx board?

Just thought I'd post since the experts haven't gotten to your post yet.
August 9, 2009 8:10:56 AM

Thankyou for pointing out that it wasn't shared. I believe you guys can see it now. The reviews for the monitor I picked out seemed pretty positive. As for the board, I just want a decent board at a decent price. I am not exactly sure what to look for in motherboards so some advice on that would be helpful.
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August 9, 2009 8:24:01 AM

Alright. Now it's really fixed. I am going to bed now so if any of you want to comment please do. Goodnight.

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August 9, 2009 1:07:36 PM

Lets see if I can find.

Mobo/Ram Combo
1. Corsair (XMS Series) TR3X6G1600C8 G: $149.99 Free Shipping*
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

2. EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR: $229.99
Free Shipping*

Combo Discount: -$25.00
Combo Price: $354.98
$10.00 Mail-In Rebate Card
$20.00 Mail-In Rebate

Two better Cases you need to Check out.
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP $99.99 Free Shipping*

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP $89.99 Free Shipping*

Another CPU HSF Cooler you should Check out.
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail $44.98 Free Shipping*

Your Choices
Graphic Card/CPU Combo
1. EVGA 01G-P3-1180-AR: $339.99 Free Shipping*

2. Intel BX80601920: $279.99 Free Shipping*

Combo Discount: -$30.00
Combo Price: $589.98
$20.00 Mail-In Rebate

ASUS VW246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor Built in Speakers - Retail $199.00

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX $119.99 ($99.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache $74.99 Free Shipping*

DVD Burner
Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R

Items Needed for Build.
Thermal Compound
Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Compound - Retail $9.99

You will definately need this 8-pin Power Extension Cable, specially for Cases with Bottom Mounted PSU.
1ST PC CORP. 12" 8-pin EPS extension cable Model CB-8M-8F - Retail $8.99

I would suggest you get the Free Windows7 RC in 64-bit for OS, you can use it until mid March 2010.

Total Price with my suggestions, plus items needed and your choices.
Price with HAF 922 and w/o MIR's : $1541.88 without Shipping costs added in.

Price with HAF 922 and with MIR's : $1471.88 without Shipping costs added in.

Hope this helps you out some, good luck on your upcoming build. :wahoo: 

August 9, 2009 4:59:46 PM

Thankyou very much for taking the time to do a whole list down with suggestions. Is the cooler you suggested much better than the scythe mugen? You also get free fans with the scythe mugen purchase. I will follow the rest of your suggestions as well.
August 9, 2009 6:02:03 PM

I am going to order after work today so any final suggestions would be great. Is the scythe Mugen with free fans a better deal than the Dark Knight cooler?
August 9, 2009 8:49:57 PM

AP3Brain said:
I am going to order after work today so any final suggestions would be great. Is the scythe Mugen with free fans a better deal than the Dark Knight cooler?

They are both about equal and the DarkKnight does come with Fan also, plus it is a bit easier to install the backplate and has free shipping.