New Gaming PC $1200-1400

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: I plan on building over winter break so anytime after thanksgiving

BUDGET RANGE: 1200-1400 before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Mainly gaming as well as other multimedia

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, case

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg (or other if better priced)


PARTS PREFERENCES: I would really like to do a core i7 920 build

OVERCLOCKING: Yes, although I have no prior experience

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, in the future


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I’m a college student badly in need of a new pc. I’ve never built one by myself before but I have helped a friend put his own together once. I already have a couple parts and the majority of the others picked out but I wanted to get more opinions and make sure everything checks out before I pull the trigger. I play mainly FPS but dabble in a variety of other genres. I have a copy of Windows 7 waiting and I already own an Antec 902 case.


CPU: Intel Core i7 920

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

GPU: I want to get a 5850 when they become more available and possibly crossfire them in the future

RAM: OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK – Retail

HD: Western Digital Caviar Black 640 GB

Optical Drive: Suggestions?

PSU: Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply – Retail

Additional Cooling: XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler – Retail
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  1. Optical drive doesn't matter. Get a good brand like Samsung, LG or Sony and get 24x. That's all that matters.

    Other than that: great!

    A small thing though: Asrock is considered a bit of a B-brand. Its recent products, like the one you picked, are of high quality, but I'd still pick a brand like Gigabyte. It's easier to overclock with them, and they're better quality as well. You won't get as much features for the money, but I believe it's worth it.
  2. Thanks for the input!

    I was also possibly considering getting the GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R board, which I probably will now after your response.

    Also, do I need to purchase some thermal compound? And if so, do you have any recommendations?
  3. Getting thermal compound depends on how much you want to overclock. If you're going to only overclock slightly, then you probably don't need it. If you're going to go for a big overclock, you will need it.

    The typical compound to suggest is Arctic Silver 5. Here's a detailed comparision.
  4. Get a Spinpoint f3 HDD, either 500gb or 1tb, its faster and cheaper.
  5. I second the recommendation for the Gigabyte mobo - they are almost idiot proof... I would know. If you check overclocking reviews the Gigabytes are always on the top of the list - and the motherboard is not a part you want to save 50$ on.

    Get the X58 if you are going Sli/Crossfire.

    If you are going with a single GPU you should go with a i5 build and save a couple hundred bucks right off the top. You won't get a noticeable difference in your games with a 920 or i5 750 CPU. With an overclocked i5 750 most people can get to 3.6ghz without a hitch. You bottleneck is gonna be your graphics card, not your processor.

    Overclocked i7 920 is the fastest thing going if you buy two graphics cards, but its alot more money for a system like that. What games you playing anyway? You get an i5 with a new radeon 5000 series and you will be able to max pretty much every game on the market right now, and shouldn't have to upgrade for several years.
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