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Feedback request on i7 860 gaming build

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February 13, 2010 6:05:20 AM

CPU: Core i7 860
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH
CASE: Centurion 590
HSF: Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - Retail or Cooler Master hyper 212 plus

Currently own:
Video card: 9800gt (current own, will ugprade later if needed)
hard drive: wd 1tb caviar black

my current amd x2 rig is holding back my gaming performance, so it's time for me to upgrade. my budget is around $700-800 and the items listed above cost me about $720 minus the video card, which i already have.

i'm particularly interested in feedback on the motherboard, memory, and PSU (in that order). can i get a better motherboard for what i need? can i get it cheaper? same questions with the memory and PSU.

I definitely do not plan to SLI ever.

I DO plan to overclock to 4ghz. Do I have everything necessary to take me there?


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February 13, 2010 6:36:38 AM

Heres what I came up with.

(CPU)Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz and (MOBO)ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55
Price: $427 I have these exact same parts, they are amazing.

(RAM)G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB
Price: $115 Very good Ram.

(CASE)Antec Three Hundred Illusion and (PSU)Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W
Price: $120 Great combo.

Price: $30 The heatsink you need

Total = $692

The case and psu combo is at a good price. Your heatsink Cooler Master hyper 212 is pretty much the standard as what everone gets. As for the video card, yeah, you need an upgrade, I'd say a 5850 if you can afford it. A good hard drive is the samsung f3 spinpoints if you want a new one. Other than that, looks good.
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February 14, 2010 2:53:25 AM

thanks for the detailed response, much appreciated.

ok ill bite on the hyper 212. i want to hold off on a video card until i see how far my 9800gt can take me on battlefield 2 bad company before i proceed with a video card upgrade.

the ripjaw suggestion is significantly cheaper and it seems that the voltage is slightly higher and the timing is as well. will i miss out on significant OC'ing ability if i go with the cheaper option?
February 20, 2010 11:01:17 PM

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