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First Build Thoughts (Core i7 920)

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January 20, 2010 2:07:34 AM

Okay so here are my thoughts on my first build:

Case: Cooler Master Scout
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX
Memory:G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
CPU: CORE I7 920

As far is gpu's go I want one that isn't to expensive but does a great job for gaming.
January 20, 2010 11:30:32 AM

Might want to follow the guidelines in the link in my signature. We need a budget to do any real good.

For a GPU, I would recommend either the HD 5770 ($160) or the HD 5850 ($300), depending on what you want to spend. The 5770 is good for gaming now, but might be a little underpowered later on. The 5850 will be good for a while.

If this is only a gaming computer, you might want to consider using the i5-750. The cheaper price on the CPU, mobo, and RAM will allow a more expensive GPU, which is more important for gaming.

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January 20, 2010 11:37:57 AM
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You'll also want to drop the CM Scout, 10.5" max gpu cards. If you ever do decide to upgrade to a 5870 (or Fermi, or any large card) you're either going to have to dremel out the hdd cage or buy a new case.

Check out CM 690II, Lancool K-62, Antec 902 for cases that have all the features of the Scout, the same price range, and support larger cards.

If you're super ambitious and want a monster like a 5970, Antec 1200 or CM HAF 932 come to mind.

Or you could just buy a behemoth of a case like Corsair 800D or Silverstone TJ07.
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January 20, 2010 11:40:57 AM

Good catch. I didn't think to look at that.

I'll add the HAF 922 to that list. The Antec 902 is the most expensive on the list, but it is one of my favorites as it's the one I'm using now.
January 20, 2010 12:04:38 PM

What's your budget? What games or genres do you play?
January 20, 2010 12:07:44 PM
January 21, 2010 9:17:53 PM

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