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June 7, 2010 8:10:48 AM

Could you tell me if these parts will work as a home built computer?

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: In 2 weeks, $1800-2100

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: All are required (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NCIX.com, Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, with ATI graphics.

OVERCLOCKING: No OC, with Crossfire

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quiet, attractive PC

EDITED SPECS:

Motherboard: ASUS Rampage III Extreme ATX LGA1336 X58 DDR3

Processor: Intel Core i7-930 Quad Core Processor LGA1336 2.8 GHz

Computer Case: Antec Three Hundred Mini Tower Gaming Case 300 ATX

Memory: Corsair XMS3 CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 4 GB DDR3

Fan Cooling: Coolermaster TLF-S82-EB 80MM 1800 RPM

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 640 GB 7200 RPM

Graphics Card: XFX Radeon HD 5870 Crossfire

Power Supply: Seasonic M12D 850W EPS12V ATX
June 7, 2010 8:36:35 AM

Technically speaking, everything will 'work' together (apart from the memory, you'll need DDR2), but it is probably not optimised for it. By that I mean, why use an older X48 chipset based LGA 775 motherboard, when there are newer LGA 1156 & 1366 processors available?

If you can, swap that motherboard out for a GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R, and swap that HDD for a SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB. As for your CPU you'll need a Core i7 900 based processor, the most ideal would be the i7 930, $200 at Micro Center pickup.

If you're reusing that old board though from an older build, you will need to get a dual channel 2x2GB DDR2 memory kit, 3x2GB is triple channel which is not supported by any Core 2 processors, and that DFI LP DK X48-T2RS board only supports DDR2 memory.
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June 7, 2010 3:23:51 PM

Will the LGA 1156 Motherboard support Crossfire? I really want this to be a gaming PC. Thanks for your help so far.

EDITED: Whoops, forgot the processor. The processor I have planned is an Intel i5 750 Quad Core 2.66 GHz "Lynnfield". Should I change it to what you said? And will the GIGABYTE motherboard support Crossfire?
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June 7, 2010 3:30:51 PM

Fill out the form in the sticky, link in my sig.

Yes, plenty of 1156 MOBO's support xfire. Though if you also want USB 3 SATA 6, you're pretty much stuck with the ASUS boards ATM.


Initial MOBO listed will not support an i5-750.

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June 8, 2010 1:38:57 AM

I've edited my future system specs, mind if anyone checks them out? Thanks for the help so far! It'll take a few mins for me to edit it.
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June 8, 2010 2:25:27 AM

There, updated, please please please reply.
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