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May 24, 2010 4:02:55 AM

Hi guys just seeing if these components for my first gaming pc will work.

- i7-930 CPU
- ULTRA ChillTec Thermal Electric CPU Cooler
- ASUS Rampage III extreme motherboard
- RAM - Core i7 6GB DDR3 1600MHz Dominator 8-8-8-24, 1.65V
- NVIDIA X Pro 600 watt ATX power supply
- NVIDIA 9600 GT video card

1366 stock type

i don't know if i am missing anything or not. Thank you for your info!

- if i am missing anything or need to change something please tell me ^.^

Thank you!

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May 24, 2010 4:06:40 AM

Seems to be a really high end system, paired with a low end video card. What resolution do you plan to play games at? You'll probably struggle if you want higher setting on newer games beyond 1440x900.
May 24, 2010 4:07:27 AM

yea loneninja is right.... I would get rid of that gt and either put gtx 400 series or go with hd5850 you won't regret..
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May 24, 2010 4:07:58 AM

drop the i7 to an i5-750 or Phenom II X4 955 and get a better GPU

what is this NVidia X Pro PSUyou are referring to, might be better to stick to a known good brand (as i don't know a PSU's NVIDIA makes) like Corsair, Antec, Seasonic...
May 24, 2010 4:11:26 AM

mindless728 said:
drop the i7 to an i5-750 or Phenom II X4 955 and get a better GPU

what is this NVidia X Pro PSUyou are referring to, might be better to stick to a known good brand (as i don't know a PSU's NVIDIA makes) like Corsair, Antec, Seasonic...


but i5 is a dead zone..... no luck if you would choose to upgrade later.... 1366 is better for a longer run.... don't get me wrong 750 will probably do the job but maybe in da future 6 cores will drop in the price so he'll be ready for an update.
May 24, 2010 4:12:31 AM

hey mindless728, just wondering if there is a difference between the i7 and the i5-750 and the phenom II x4 955.

May 24, 2010 4:15:08 AM

oh and also i currently am running on a xp. should i change to vista 7 or does it mater?
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May 24, 2010 4:15:16 AM

ketrab said:
but i5 is a dead zone..... no luck if you would choose to upgrade later.... 1366 is better for a longer run.... don't get me wrong 750 will probably do the job but maybe in da future 6 cores will drop in the price so he'll be ready for an update.


1) the i5 will be plenty to run games out quite a few years (look at teh Q6600, when OC'ed to 3.2 GHz it can still game just fine)
2) then stick to the AM3 platform for longevity since LGA1366 is getting replaced as well
3) there are few games that use Quad cores effectively (let alone 6, though BF:BC2 can use up to 8!)
4) the 5 cores will not drop in price to a reasonable level (look at the Q9550, still expensive even on a dated platform)

more than likely it isn't going to matter since any of these CPU's are powerful enough for the foreseeable future

EDIT: i would switch to Win7 64 bit
May 24, 2010 4:15:25 AM

z3rosk8er1 said:
hey mindless728, just wondering if there is a difference between the i7 and the i5-750 and the phenom II x4 955.


you mean for games or work?
May 24, 2010 4:19:57 AM

games codmw2 bf2 ect
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May 24, 2010 4:21:16 AM

z3rosk8er1 said:
hey mindless728, just wondering if there is a difference between the i7 and the i5-750 and the phenom II x4 955.


for gaming, almost nothing, a few differences in frames in different games (not much though)

my order
1) Phenom II X4 955, since the motherboards are cheap (compared to intel boards)
2) i5-750, a tad better in gaming (not much) and still much cheaper than the LGA-1366 platform
3) i7-860, if you need more cpu power for something else (if you don't game) and uses smae socket/boards as the i5-750
4) i wouldn't even consider the i7-920 unless you are looking into multi-gpu setups with 3 or more gpus
May 24, 2010 4:25:48 AM

Thanks mindless, i will for sure switch to windows 7 64 bit.

i looked up gtx 480 video cards reviews and people are saying that they run hot, and that they need a 700w psu.
How much faster would gtx 400 series cards be compared to my current gt 9600?
May 24, 2010 4:30:12 AM

i looked at the phenom II x4 955 CPU, looks like a great deal! Just wondering what motherboard you would use.
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May 24, 2010 4:31:10 AM

much faster (so much so that its almost not comparable)

and the noise and heat aren't that bad in a case with good airflow and custom fan profiles

MW2 should be no problem as with BF:Bad Company 2 (i think you meant this and not BF2)
May 24, 2010 4:34:31 AM

Thanks, how much do you think i could sell my used gt 9600 for?
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May 24, 2010 4:36:04 AM

depending on the model, a new one will be $70-$100, so i would think $50 or so, not a whole lot
May 24, 2010 4:41:47 AM

wow so they dropped $400 in a year?
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May 24, 2010 4:50:35 AM

the 9600GT, that card was released at a $100 price point (or close to that)
May 24, 2010 4:52:33 AM

dang i got jinxed than i paid $500.00+ for mine a year ago... sounded like a good company...
May 24, 2010 4:58:51 AM

500+ US dollars for an nvidia 9600gt? no way. i hope youre mistaken.
May 24, 2010 5:00:14 AM

nope, that is what i have... so stupid!
May 24, 2010 5:03:05 AM

well i am going back there to see if i paid for something different...
May 24, 2010 5:06:38 AM

You really got fleeced if that's right.
A year ago, that should have gotten a gtx295 iirc.
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May 24, 2010 5:19:55 AM

wow, $500 for a 9600GT, sorry to hear that someone did that to you

@duk3, $500 is about the going rate for a new GTX295 still (since it has suck low stock now)
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