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May 1, 2010 8:18:09 AM

I'm planning to build a gaming comp

CPU: Intel Core i7 930 (2.8GHz)
Graphics: nvidia GeForce GTX 470
Memory: OCZ DDR3 3x 2GB 3-channel
HDD: WD Caviar Black 1TB SATA III

I would like to know:
Which component is mostly likely to be a bottleneck?
Which motherboard would support all those above?
How many power would I need?
Is air cooling system enough? (May do a bit overclocking)

I really would appreciate any sugestions or comments. Thanks.

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May 1, 2010 1:25:36 PM

Ok well I would answer your questions however I find your build could be improved by going with "some" different parts... Lets see what we can do:

The i7 930 is not barely ever required for gaming, only when running two or more high end graphics cards such as 5870s. Considering this you can pick between a P55 or an AM3 build. These would save you a lot on the processor which would allow you to spend more on the graphics cards.

Motherboard: $118
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm also not sure of your stance on USB/SATA 3.0

CPU: $160
AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE 3.2GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also that graphics card uses more power then the 5850 however now you can afford a better graphics card.

GPU: $410
ATI HD 5870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I don't think you are able to edge up to the $700 5970 though. If going with this card then you may think of XFiring it later in which case a 790FX motherboard may be recommended to enable 16/16 XFire.

Hope this helps.
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May 13, 2010 4:06:52 PM

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