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First time bulding Gaming Rig. Suggestions please

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January 29, 2010 11:12:53 PM

Hey people. I want to build a gaming computer and I need a little help and some suggestions on what to get. this is my first time building one so I don't know if these components will work well with each other or if they are my best option

BUDGET: From 900 to 1200. Cheaper the better but want good gaming performance. Also want it to last me at least a couple of years.

PREFERENCES: I do want to get the i7 920 and I do prefer a ASUS motherboard, but again, I also would like to hear suggestions.
Also, I heard that the VelociRaptor will be good for gaming but don't know if it's worth it. I would prefer a nVidia GPU and I do want to SLI in the future

What I really do need help choosing is the RAM, HSF, PSU, GPU, and TC

I already own the ANTEC 900 case, so I do want that one included.


COMPONENTS:
CPU: Intel i7 920
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: Asus P6T Deluxe V2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HSF: ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: WD VelociRaptor 300gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: GeForce GTS 250
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:Antec 900
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TC: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




THANK YOU GUYS VERY MUCH FOR YOUR HELP. ITS GREATLY APPRECIATED.
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January 30, 2010 2:38:01 AM

Suggestions:
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 - Just as fast as the VRaptor for 1/4 the price with more capacity.

HSF: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - A better performing HSF and cheaper on the wallet.

GPU: XFX ATI 5770 - I know you are a Nvidia fan but at this time ATI has by far the better cards. You can pick up two of these cards with the addition savings from the above moves to replace the 250GTS. You could just buy one ATI 5850 and upgrade down the road as required for your gaming needs.
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January 30, 2010 3:04:19 AM

tecmo34 said:
Suggestions:
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 - Just as fast as the VRaptor for 1/4 the price with more capacity.

HSF: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - A better performing HSF and cheaper on the wallet.

GPU: XFX ATI 5770 - I know you are a Nvidia fan but at this time ATI has by far the better cards. You can pick up two of these cards with the addition savings from the above moves to replace the 250GTS. You could just buy one ATI 5850 and upgrade down the road as required for your gaming needs.


X2 EXACTLY on everything you said.

Also, @ the thread starter: Feel free to downgrade your PSU to 750W, you won't need any more. I'm a heavy OCer with tons of peripherals and a more powerful graphics card than the 5770 or GTS 250 and my voltage never drops below 12V on that PSU. 750W will be plenty.
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January 30, 2010 4:24:37 AM

raybob95 said:
X2 EXACTLY on everything you said.

Also, @ the thread starter: Feel free to downgrade your PSU to 750W, you won't need any more. I'm a heavy OCer with tons of peripherals and a more powerful graphics card than the 5770 or GTS 250 and my voltage never drops below 12V on that PSU. 750W will be plenty.



Ok how about this PSU then

PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750 Quad Red 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E...

Would this PSU be ok? I do want to either SLi or Crossfire in the future so I do want to put that into consideration.

thanks again
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January 30, 2010 1:02:54 PM

PC Power & Cooling is a great PSU manufacturer (Know own by OCZ). I would be a little concern being a recertified PSU but if done right it is just like new. My Dad's PC is running on a recertified PSU & MOBO from an old PC of mine that died, so they do work.
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