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February 28, 2010 11:15:47 PM

Hello I am trying to build a gaming computer and wanted to ask you guys for some advice. I need to know what other parts might i need and do i need anything for heat
of any fans or something. My Budget is $1500-1800. And my monitor screen resolution is 1920 x 1200. And yes I plan to do some overclocking. So far i have:

Overclock: YES

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

DVD-CD Burner,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Case and PSU Combo,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129043
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371024

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grand Total is $1,708.56
If you have any suggestions please let me know asap.

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March 1, 2010 3:42:50 AM

Wow, I pretty much totally disagree with dogman.

It would help if you posted in the format in the "How to ask for Build Advice" thread. Specifically, a budget and your monitor resolution would help a lot.

You graphics card is a pretty decent choice, unless you're planning on playing at very high resolutions.

Corsair RAM, especially the Dominator series is usually pretty overpriced. And 8 GB is overkill for gaming. Unless you're planning on also doing video/audio editing, you're fine with 4 GB (or 6 GB with an i7-920 build). And you have CAS 9 sticks. And for an i7-920 build, you want to go with 3, 6, or 12 GB of RAM, not 4 or 8.

For an i7-920 build, consider this G.Skill CAS 7 1333 MHz 6GB kit for $170.

For an i5-750 build I would recommend something like this OCZ Platinum 1333 MHz CAS 7 4 GB kit or this G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 MHz CAS 7 4 GB kit.

If you really want to go with an i7-920 build, then I don't have any problems with your motherboard choice. However, if your budget is closer to $1500 (or lower), then I would consider going with an i5-750 build, which will save you about $200-300 between processor/mobo/RAM, and allow you to spend that on a better graphics card.

Is a Blu-ray burner necessary for you? If you just want to read Blu-rays & write regular DVDs, you can get a combo drive like this one for $85.

Hard drive is a good choice, if they remain sold out, you could always go with a Seagate 7200.12, it uses the same 500 GB platter technology.

That PSU is complete overkill for what you've got. It's a good one, but it's total overkill. With what you're running, you could easily get away with 650 W or at most 750.

EDIT: If you're not planning on overclocking, you shouldn't need any additional fans or a cooler or anything. If you are planning on overclocking, start with a cooler, and consider fans. (Though you can always add either later, it's best to put the cooler on while you're building the computer, saves some effort later.)
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March 1, 2010 5:27:23 AM


Graphic Card & Ram Combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Motherboard & CPU Combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Blu-ray Burner,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827136181

Hard Drive & SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Case and PSU Combo,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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

Total = $1,764.80 (-$30 MIR)

For $120 more much better performer, or if you don't want those HDD & SSD simply add your HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

for a total of $1614.81 -$30 MIR = $1584.81



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March 1, 2010 4:06:08 PM

coldsleep said:
Wow, I pretty much totally disagree with dogman.

It would help if you posted in the format in the "How to ask for Build Advice" thread. Specifically, a budget and your monitor resolution would help a lot.

You graphics card is a pretty decent choice, unless you're planning on playing at very high resolutions.

Corsair RAM, especially the Dominator series is usually pretty overpriced. And 8 GB is overkill for gaming. Unless you're planning on also doing video/audio editing, you're fine with 4 GB (or 6 GB with an i7-920 build). And you have CAS 9 sticks. And for an i7-920 build, you want to go with 3, 6, or 12 GB of RAM, not 4 or 8.

For an i7-920 build, consider this G.Skill CAS 7 1333 MHz 6GB kit for $170.

For an i5-750 build I would recommend something like this OCZ Platinum 1333 MHz CAS 7 4 GB kit or this G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 MHz CAS 7 4 GB kit.

If you really want to go with an i7-920 build, then I don't have any problems with your motherboard choice. However, if your budget is closer to $1500 (or lower), then I would consider going with an i5-750 build, which will save you about $200-300 between processor/mobo/RAM, and allow you to spend that on a better graphics card.

Is a Blu-ray burner necessary for you? If you just want to read Blu-rays & write regular DVDs, you can get a combo drive like this one for $85.

Hard drive is a good choice, if they remain sold out, you could always go with a Seagate 7200.12, it uses the same 500 GB platter technology.

That PSU is complete overkill for what you've got. It's a good one, but it's total overkill. With what you're running, you could easily get away with 650 W or at most 750.

EDIT: If you're not planning on overclocking, you shouldn't need any additional fans or a cooler or anything. If you are planning on overclocking, start with a cooler, and consider fans. (Though you can always add either later, it's best to put the cooler on while you're building the computer, saves some effort later.)

Thanks for the reply, and what graphic card and cooler would you recommend? Oh and i'm hearing an ESD Bracelet is recommended when building a computer, is that true and if so which would you recommend? And I dropped the Blu-Ray Burner for now. I'm looking at:

OverClocking: YES

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

DVD-CD Burner,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Case and PSU Combo,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129043
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371024

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

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

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

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

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

Grand Total is $1,633.57.
Let me know if i need to add or change anything :D 
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March 1, 2010 5:06:42 PM

Shinpachikun said:
Thanks for the reply, and what graphic card and cooler would you recommend? Oh and i'm hearing an ESD Bracelet is recommended when building a computer, is that true and if so which would you recommend? And I dropped the Blu-Ray Burner for now.


The 5870 you have selected is a great card, though it's probably overkill if you're not gaming at 1920x1nnn resolution. If you game at a lower resolution, you might consider checking out the Best Graphics Cards for the Money article, updated monthly.

If you really want to spend over $200 on RAM, I would recommend this Mushkin Redline 6 GB 1600 MHz CAS 7 kit instead of the Corsair Dominators, which are CAS 8.

And as of yesterday, you might as well buy an i7-930 for $10 more than the i7-920.
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March 1, 2010 6:24:23 PM

coldsleep said:
The 5870 you have selected is a great card, though it's probably overkill if you're not gaming at 1920x1nnn resolution. If you game at a lower resolution, you might consider checking out the Best Graphics Cards for the Money article, updated monthly.

If you really want to spend over $200 on RAM, I would recommend this Mushkin Redline 6 GB 1600 MHz CAS 7 kit instead of the Corsair Dominators, which are CAS 8.

And as of yesterday, you might as well buy an i7-930 for $10 more than the i7-920.

ok yea i just changed and got the i7-930, so which of the 2 Ram's is better? And what is CAS 7 and CAS 8? lol
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March 1, 2010 6:31:28 PM

I actually typoed that Mushkin RAM. It's CAS 6. The Mushkin RAM is better.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAS_latency for more infomation about CAS, but the basic message is that the lower the number, the better.

If you don't want to spend $200 on RAM, then get the cheapest CAS 7 1333 MHz or 1600 MHz RAM you can find. G.Skill Ripjaws are well-regarded around here.
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March 1, 2010 6:36:51 PM

You dont need a wristband to build a computer. Just discharge yourself before touching anything by touching the case first.
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March 1, 2010 6:45:56 PM

Scale down to i5-750, with a decent asus or evga mobo.
Choose the cheapest 1600Mhz 4Gb of RAM from a major brand (Corsair, Crucial, OCZ, Patriot etc).
Do you really intend to burn blu-rays? I would drop them and save some - little - $.
Good case, but change your PSU to Corsair or Seasonic.
With the money you save, buy a Xigmatek cooler, anyone with a 120mm fan.
If you still have money, upgrade your GPU.
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March 1, 2010 10:19:16 PM

Ok for now i'm looking at:

Overclock: YES

Motherboard,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131614

DVD-CD Burner,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827106335

Antec Case and PSU Combo,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129043
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371024

Ram,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820226121

Hard Drive,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136319

CPU,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115202

Graphic Card,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814150443

Themal Compound,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835100007

Heatsink,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835103055

Grand Total is $1,708.56

Anything else i need?
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March 1, 2010 10:28:38 PM

coldsleep said:
I actually typoed that Mushkin RAM. It's CAS 6. The Mushkin RAM is better.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAS_latency for more infomation about CAS, but the basic message is that the lower the number, the better.

If you don't want to spend $200 on RAM, then get the cheapest CAS 7 1333 MHz or 1600 MHz RAM you can find. G.Skill Ripjaws are well-regarded around here.

Ok I'll go with your ram, I just need to know if the heatsink i have will do for me. I think it should because i don't plan to do that much overclocking.
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March 2, 2010 12:30:55 AM

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Umm...their server is broken. we cannot see what you want.

Oh wow lol, i think what i have listed should work for me.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 2, 2010 1:51:27 AM

The server isn't broken. It's just that your links are.
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March 2, 2010 12:11:46 PM

Ok thanks guys I think I'm good to go with everything, just wish me luck because this is my first time building a computer. Thanks for all you help.
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March 2, 2010 12:55:10 PM

GL and make sure you read Tecmos stick as well as the Mobo's Manual before starting.

Also if you are a visual person you can always look up your case on You tube there are always videos of people building their rigs.
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