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Starting from scratch(almost)

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February 6, 2010 6:45:36 PM

Hi all,
I'm starting to build a new PC from scratch and would greatly appreciate all your opinions and expertise on what I am planning on putting inside. I'm concerned about all the components being compatible with one another, and if you have experience with any of the ones I've listed, or know of components with better specs for similiar money, please advise. I'll be using it for gaming, movie watching, storing photo's and a little editing. I have the case, power supply and tv's already as shown.
Thanks for the help.

Coolermaster Haf 932 case(purchased)
Coolermaster Silent Pro M 1000W PSU(purchased)
Intel i7 920 processor
Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R motherboard
OCZ Gold XTC Memory(3x2 GB)DDR3-2000 MHz
EVGA GeForce GTX 260 GPU
Intel X18-M 80 GB SSD
WD 2 TB hard drive
LG Blu-ray 8x Reader
Windows 7
Insignia 32\" 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV(purchased)
Samsung 40\" 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV(purchased)

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February 6, 2010 7:17:32 PM

Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R motherboard - It's a price bump but I really think the USB 3 / SATA II thing is worth it.

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Then again, Asus does it so much better so

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

OCZ Gold XTC Memory(3x2 GB)DDR3-2000 MHz - No reason for DDR-2000 unless you have LN Cooling and extreme OC in mind. Suggest CAS 6 - DDR 1600

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

EVGA GeForce GTX 260 GPU - price of this card has been pushed up over 50% since 5770 came out.....great card at $155...at $200 I can't recommend.....OTOH, it's competition from ATI is 10% slower in DX9/10 and can't do 30 fps in DX11 at your resolution.

The 5850 is still at $300, 5870 at $400, 295 GTX at $500 and 5970 at $650 none of which seems very attractive at those prices.

One option might be grabbing a GTS 250 (THG January roundup says "Good 1920x1200 performance in most games") and using it until after the fermi cards drop hoping that it knocks prices down a bit. The 250 could then be sold off or switched to service as a dedicated PhysX card if ya into that kinda thing.
February 6, 2010 8:16:11 PM

Thanks Jack,
I forgot to add the A in the motherboard, but that was the one I had in mind.

I've never OC'd anything, but I planned on playing with it to see what all the excitement was about. I forgot to a few cooling items so I'll update the list.

What does the CAS stand for in the memory you suggested? I'll add it too along with the GTS 250.

I've upgraded computers at home and work on occasion, but never built one from scratch, so your help is appreciated.


Coolermaster Haf 932 case(purchased)
Coolermaster Silent Pro M 1000W PSU(purchased)
Intel i7 920 processor
Gigabyte GA-EX58A-UD3R motherboard
OCZ Gold XTC Memory(3x2 GB)DDR3-2000 or CAS DDR3-1600
EVGA GeForce GTX 260 GPU or GTS 250 till better GPU\'s go down in price
Intel X18-M 80 GB SSD
WD 2 TB hard drive
LG Blu-ray 8x Reader
Windows 7
Prolimatech Megahalems CPU Cooler
Insignia 32" 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV(purchased)
Samsung 40" 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV(purchased)
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