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a b U Graphics card
August 17, 2009 4:08:50 PM

I'm building a computer to gaming. I wanted to build something that will last for a couple years and then be easily upgradable. So I built this system for ~$1000








video cards: 2x 9600 GSOs

Yeah I know the 9600 GSOs aren't the best video cards, but my friend gave them to me basically for free : )

So please rate this PC and let me know if I should change anything! Thanks a lot everyone.

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a b U Graphics card
August 17, 2009 4:16:33 PM

i heard from several sources to steer clear of OCZ memory, what's your opinion?
August 17, 2009 4:17:05 PM

If you have a local microcenter and they still have 920's in stock, you can get it for $199 in store. (Just checked the Kansas City one and they still have some). For HD, I'd consider bumping up to a caviar black, price difference isn't huge, and you'll get better performance. Seems like the latest news hints at September 6 being when the new i7s/i5s hit market, as well as newer mainstream boards. If they aren't better in terms of performance, it should at least lead to a price drop for current i7 parts.
August 17, 2009 4:18:38 PM

I've never had any problem with OCZ memory, though I don't do any aggressive overclocks. As with any RAM vendor, you'll get duds once in a while. If that happens, just RMA till you get good ones.
August 17, 2009 4:19:13 PM

OCZ has always been a good brand of memory.

Either they havent tested it them selfs or, there just trying to protect there own brand.

OCZ is a good brand for oc'ing IMO. G.skills is usually the brand I would pick for something steady.
a b U Graphics card
August 17, 2009 4:19:50 PM

cool, ill check out the OCZ ram. Also, what do you guys think of dual 9600 GSOs? Will they perform well?
August 17, 2009 4:24:24 PM

they'll do fine for now, but as others are suggesting, you're better off getting something newer when you can afford it. They run hot, and use a lot of power. Even a single GTX 275 would be a much better option
August 17, 2009 4:48:13 PM

Just to add, I've built with OCZ RAM for the last three or so builds...I'll probably stick with them for awhile, unless the quality goes downhill or something:)  I have the platinum with my i7 right now, so far so good. As far as a cooler, I bought the Scythe Mugen 2 I think for 30 or 40 bucks and it works great. Good cooler for the money. As far as the cards, you can't beat free:)  They will do great for now and when you get more cash upgrade! As for PSU, you can't beat the price of that OCZ, I watched newegg and got the Corsair TX750 for 80 or so. Since you are already going SLI it would be worth the extra money imo. I have the Antec 900 as well and I dig it. Tons of airflow and lots of room. If you go with the Scythe cooler you'll have to shave one of the tabs on the side fan bracket but it's simple. Good luck man! Using most of those components I'm running @ 3.7 and the ram is @ 1440, idles at around 40 degrees and under load never went much above 70.
a b U Graphics card
August 17, 2009 4:59:43 PM

awesome! thanks to everyone for the advice! : )
August 17, 2009 5:03:12 PM

I like OCZ myself too, I have my i7 clocked @ 4.0. Look at my sig for my setup.

Antec 1200 Full ATX Case (With Side and Middle Fan)
750W Corsair PSU
EVGA x58 A-1 SLI Motherboard
Core i7 920 CPU D0 @ 4.0 (AIR)
Cogage True Spirit CPU Cooler
OCZ Platinum 1600 DDR3 OCZ3P1600LV6GK
EVGA GTX 260 SuperClocked Core 216 SLI'd (2X)
WD 1 TB Black
August 17, 2009 5:11:09 PM

hunter315 said:
Since you havent built it yet, swap the dominators out for OCZ platinum, saves you $55 and has better timings

Get a CPU cooler so you can OC the i7. Other than that it looks pretty good.

+1 Agree with that

-For the OP:
-What are you going to be using your Computer for specifically???, please say becuase it will highly influence what parts you might want change up.
a b U Graphics card
August 17, 2009 5:25:21 PM

The games I play now are not graphically intensive by any means, however I wish to play some new 1st person shooters like COD with this new PC. Currently my old comp can really only play WoW, and hl2 mods with decent FPS (~50-75 WoW w/ no shaders, ~75 FPS cs source in gunfire). These games are old as crap, i wanna be able to play epic new games : D
August 17, 2009 5:54:28 PM

CoD will run just fine on a single 9600. It's not really worth it in multiplayer to play that game with high settings. Everyone that I know usually plays on med. to low because theres not much difference.

You should be able to play any game out so far with the new setup. cheers
a b U Graphics card
August 17, 2009 6:16:39 PM

so i took all of your advice and now the pc only costs $909 and it will probably perform better.

August 17, 2009 7:19:37 PM

Whats the final Specs?