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May 3, 2010 12:59:11 AM

Usage: Gaming, media, internet.
Budget: $1500-$2000
Monitor Res: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 (Dunno yet.)
Dont need any other part other than what's listed.
OC: Yes -- Xfire: Yes


EDIT: Sorry, forgot to put budget.

Case: HAF 932
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Corsair 750HX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: i920 Bloomfield
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: P6X58D Premium
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: XFX 5850 (Should I get Black Edition?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Spinpoint F3 500GBx2 (RAID 0)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Could use some help on these.

Memory: G.Skill 6GB PI Series------ 7-8-7-24-2N DDR3 1600 Here
G.Skill 6GB ----------------- 8-8-8-21 DDR3 1600 Here
Dominator 6GB------------ 7-7-7-20 DDR3 1600 Here

Don't know which RAM to get.
Also, a little understanding of SSD's might help a bit.
Any suggestions?

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May 3, 2010 1:07:48 AM

Best to follow these instructions.

It'd be easier for us to help you knowing unspecified things, like your budget, what parts you already have, and what resolution you play at.
May 3, 2010 8:34:34 PM

Yuck. Really not a great build. Here's what I'd build for under $2,000:


CPU/Mobo: i7-930 and Asus P6X58D Premium $585
RAM: G.Skill Pi 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $190
GPU: HD 5970 $700
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 1 TB $80
PSU: OCZ Z Series 850W 80+ Gold $220
Case: HAF 922 $90
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $22
HSF (if OC): Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $30

Total: $1,917

A SSD isn't worth it at their high price, nor is putting drives in RAID. Just get a fast HDD (which you have) and leave it alone until you get a SSD at a reasonable price.

The 932 is a good case, but doesn't give you much over the much cheaper 922.

The 5850 is a joke with your budget. Step it up to actually make the expensive worth it.
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