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$2,200 Gaming Rig need suggestions/comments!

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February 1, 2010 5:11:35 PM

Gaming Rig

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2-3 Weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $2,200 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming!

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse and OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU/Mobo and AMD Graphics Card

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Yep i know the 5970 is out of stock, ill just buy it when it is in stock. Going to put the 2 HDD's into RAID 0. Any and all suggestions are welcome. Thanks for taking the time to look at my new build! :D 
February 1, 2010 5:15:50 PM

I'd use the Scythe Mugen 2 cooler, not much more expensive, but it is one of the best coolers.

This memory should be a bit better, but you probably won't not the difference between 1066mhz and 1866mhz Muskin Redline Enhanced Cas 6

Otherwise a very nice build!
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February 1, 2010 5:21:53 PM

Changed the CPU heatsink/fan thanks for the suggestion :) 
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February 1, 2010 5:23:50 PM

RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Redline 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 6 for the same price Sticks mentioned above or Corsair XMS3 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 for $180. Dominators are a waste of money.

Mobo: Asus P6X58D Premium $310. Pay a little more for the USB 3/SATA III on a hgiher quality board.

PSU: SeaSonic 850W $110. Higher quality, more efficient.

Cooling: Coolermaster Hyper 212 $30. Better and cheaper.

You don't need an anti static wristband.

That should be about the same price, but better performance

General comments:

For gaming, the i5-750 is just as good, and a build would be $280 cheaper, enough that you could get a SSD as a boot/app drive. What I would change (besides the above) for an i5 build:

CPU: i5-750 $200
Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro $190
RAM: Corsair XMS3 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $110
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $90 (assuming you wanted to do RAID 0 with the 2x 500 GB for booting)
SSD: $300

Same price as above.
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February 1, 2010 5:32:26 PM

Thanks for the suggestion on the RAM im however going to stick with the i7. I do have one question i forgot to put in main post. If i use a SATA DVD Writer my friend says that it will slow the SATA controller down so whenever im accessing a cd/dvd it will slow down my system... is that true?

EDIT: Was looking at PSU and Mobo i took your advice on both of them. thanks XD!!
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a b 4 Gaming
February 1, 2010 5:35:24 PM

I don't believe that's right. If SATA was the problem, the HDDs would cause the same effect, which they don't. However, burning a DVD will slow everything down, but that's because everything is being used to do that.
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February 1, 2010 5:36:29 PM

Ok thanks I need to tell my friend that :p  Other than that keep the suggestions coming!

Will my GPU and Heatsink/fan fit into my case? I really like that case but if they wont fit i will get a different one in which the will fit.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 1, 2010 5:41:41 PM

The HAF is huge. You really don't need to worry about space.
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February 1, 2010 5:47:36 PM

Ok i think im going to go with the HAF 932 instead of the HAF 922 because it looks more ventilated and also because it just looks cool
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a b 4 Gaming
February 1, 2010 5:53:48 PM

Either one. The 922 is just a slightly smaller version of the 932, just like many other series of cases. I'm going to have to disagree with it looking cool though. The HAF is a great functional case for a great price, but good looking it is not.
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February 1, 2010 5:58:39 PM

I guess it is a matter of opinion :D 
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