First Gaming Build, mATX

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the month BUDGET RANGE: Under 1000 Before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the web, basic video editing, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, HDD



OVERCLOCKING: No ;SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, at a future date

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Parts decided on, just cant figure out how big/powerful of a PSU to get. Will be getting an extra 200mm fan for case, 80mm and a spot cooler for the NB on the mobo. ALSO the case supports an ATX PSU thankfully.

Case: NZXT VULCAN Micro ATX gaming case

Motherboard: ASUS Rampage II GENE LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM: G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ

Video Card: EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PSU: Undecided

CPU:Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
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  1. ^ Frankly for gaming, the i7 930 doesn't offer any significant performance increase over an i5 750...And it is also a very powerful CPU, even faster than the fastest Phenom II X4 965 clocked @ 3.4GHz...

    And GTX 260?? You should be looking@ the new ATI HD 5770 IMO...
  2. [1] He's right. The GTX 260 is old tech. Get the 5770, which will be able to play almost all games maxed out at your resolution.

    [2] You could get the Corsair 650TX. Overkill right now, but perfect when you add the extra case fans & another 5770.

    [3] You could also go the i5 750 w/ the the ASUS Maximus III Gene

    You'd save about $150 with this, which you could invest in a fast SSD:
    Kingston SSDNow V Series SNV425-S2BD/64GB 2.5" Desktop Bundle 64GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    [4] Or if you don't want the 750, you could get the 860; which stands up to 930 in any of games & other applications.
  3. Well, okay I looked into the 5770 it seems like the driver issue was fixed (had a friend running the card, random lockups etc etc) So I will get that instead.

    And I was going to be able to get an i7 for 200 at microcenter, but I did more research and you guys are correct the i5 would be a better and cheaper choice.

    Thanks for the help :D and thats a heck of a lot cheaper.
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    ^ The ASUS Rampage III Gene is a good board...other alternative...
    These both support SLI and Crossfire...

    And as for PSU, a good 650W should do if you plan to add 1 more HD 5770 later on...
    And my suggestion would be to stick with a modular PSU - Reason - mATX case so less space and unused cables will affect the airflow inside...
    Though this a 700W, but comes at a good price...
    CM Real Power
    Or this

    A Good memory if you dont plan to overclock...

    And I would suggest this card for its aftermarket closed cooler type so that the hot air is blown out through the rear vent and not back into the case...while using a mATX case, these things should be taken into account...
  5. If you believe you will add a second video card for Crossfire, then consider that a X58 mobo will allow you to run x16,16 PCI Express lanes, instead of the P55's x8,x8. It's a small difference today, but it's there.
    As to the PSU, a 650W Antec Truepower New or Corsair HX would be higher quality, more efficient choices. Both are modular and 80+ bronze. If you want silence while watching movies, check out the 80+ gold Seasonic X-650; it does not need to run its fan at all at low loads.
  6. Best answer selected by magmu.
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