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New Gaming Rig need suggestions and advice since i am still new to it.

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September 28, 2009 3:56:45 AM

i've waited for some time now to build a new system, for the general purprose of playinng CoD modern warfare 2, along with SC 2... and here is my layout so far. i am still new to this so i would appreciate open critism and suggestions.


Case : contemplating between CM storm sniper AND CM Cosmos1000 suggestions and other recommendation are more then welcome

Motherboard: Asus P6T delux

CPU: i7-920

PSU: i am not 100% sure what kind of power wattage i need to complement this system

GFX: Sapp/HIS ATI HD5870 1GB GDDR5

Ram: i am very uncertain what would run well with this system (aiming 6Gb DDR minimum)

CPU cooler: Xigmatic Dark knight.

Budget: $1700-$1900

OC: i dont intend to

SLI: later in the future i intend to run x2 HD5870 in Crossfire.

reusing: running dual 24" asus V246H HD monitor
keyboard and mouse
DVD optical drive
and my 1x WD 250Gb 7200RPM and 2x Seagate 1.5Tb 7200RPM HDD


i thank you all for your inputs and suggestions. =D
September 28, 2009 3:58:46 AM

Budget? OC? SLI? Look at the 2nd sticky on board and edit the post according to that format.
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September 28, 2009 5:24:55 AM

Regarding the case:
I currently own a CM Cosmos 1000, and I admit that the thing is a beautiful beast! However, I knew ahead of time that it would require some modification in order to improve the airflow. With that in mind, you might want to steer clear of the Cosmos 1000 if you are not up for modding the thing.
If you're looking for a great case right out of the box, I'd go with the Antec 1200. Also, if you're willing to spend more on a fantastic case, check out the Corsair 800D.

PSU:
I would go with a high-quality PSU such as Corsair's 750W model, given your desire to run Crossfire. If memory serves me correctly, ATI recommends at least 500W for a single 5870, while 700+ is needed for Crossfire. Whatever you do, do NOT skimp on the PSU. You want something that is high-quality such as Corsair, PC Power&Cooling, etc.

Regarding the RAM: There are plenty of options. In general, look for kits that offer lower timing values. Here are some options that might be worth considering.

OCZ Platinum:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin kits:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Patriot:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A spendy Corsair kit:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Regarding the cooler:
Don't forget to get some good thermal interface material, such as Arctic Silver Ceramique or something similar.

Hope this helps!
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September 28, 2009 5:50:07 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 Free Shipping*
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
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CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

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ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

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Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8 G - Retail

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Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

Total: $849.93 *not including mail in rebates, shipping, and tax

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/landing/haf922/ <--- more pics, specs, and professional reviews of that Cooler Master 922 HAF

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ASRock X58 Extreme Reviews

http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=3593

http://www.motherboards.org/reviews/motherboards/1923_1...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cheap-x58-motherboa...

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/mainboards/display/asr...
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