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$1700 - $2000 gaming rig build need help

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June 12, 2010 11:02:04 PM

Hi everyone Im new to building my own PC but not new to playing PC, the PC is for gaming (wow, crysis, SC II and diablo III <-- next yr) use, my budget is less than $2000 after tax. I donno how to OC, but if it help a lot for gaming i will like to try to OC this new build in the future.

Here is so far what I planning to get:

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Intel I7 930
$200
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

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Motherboard
P6X58D-E LGA 1366 X58 ATX Motherboard $250

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DDR3 6GB (3x2GB) 1600MHz C7 CORSAIR CMX6GX3M3C1600C7 $140
http://www.frys.com/product/6253100?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...

or 6GB (3X2GB) / DDR3 /1600MHz / DOMINATOR / CORSAIR TR3X6G1600C8D G $200 <-- Is Dominator worth to get ?

http://www.frys.com/product/5839543?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...

or Extreme Performance Gaming Series DDR3 6GB (3 x 2GB) PC3-12800 Enhanced Latency DIMM Kit

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

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first HD:
SSD S596 64GB 2.5" SATA Solid State Drive $125 <-- for OS
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

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second HD:
Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM $110 <-- better one?
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
or WD Caviar Black (WD1001FALS) 1TB 7,200RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive $105??
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
or Western Digital Caviar 1TB SATA Hard Drive * Black *
WD10000LSRTL $100
http://www.frys.com/product/5643481#detailed

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PSU
Thermaltake TR2 RX 750W Modular Power Supply $90
or Cooler Master GX Series 750W ATX Power Supply $80
or Cooler Master GX Series 750W ATX Power Supply $80
i want something around $100 price tag and is 750w good enough for my build?

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and what CPU cooling I should use?
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus? $60
or any good one cheap or similar price?
i will like to use water cooling but never use it before, is it hard to setup and use?

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GPU
EVGA GeForce GTX 470 Superclocked 1280MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 x16 Graphics Card $350
or other silimiar price tag card?

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windows 7 home or professional?

June 18, 2010 3:53:06 PM

cpu's fine
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I'm not very good with mobos
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This one out of those 3

DDR3 6GB (3x2GB) 1600MHz C7 CORSAIR CMX6GX3M3C1600C7 $140
http://www.frys.com/product/625310 [...] IN_RSLT_PG

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This one out of the 3 listed

or Western Digital Caviar 1TB SATA Hard Drive * Black *
WD10000LSRTL $100
http://www.frys.com/product/5643481#detailed

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Corsair TX-750 is better than those, not too expensive
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Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus? $60
That's expensive for that cooler. You should be looking at under $40US for that. Amazon has is for something like that I think

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GPU
EVGA GeForce GTX 470 Superclocked 1280MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 x16 Graphics Card $350

that's pretty good
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Most people'll be better off using HP instead of Pro.
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June 18, 2010 3:58:07 PM

Of the hard drives you picked, the WD1002FAEX is the best choice, as it's the only one that uses 500 GB platters. You could get a Samsung Spinpoint F3 or a Seagate 7200.12, which use the same technology for about $20-30 less.

The Hyper 212+ is $30 at amazon right now. If you're going to spend $60, you can probably do better. I suggest looking at frostytech to see what's at the top of their lists.

Watercooling involves some risk. I haven't bothered with it personally, but there's always the possibility that something could leak and short out components.
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June 18, 2010 4:01:34 PM

with the hds, I missed that one.. the FAEX is a bit faster, but if you're willing to swap, go with Samsung F3 (or Seagate 7200.12 if they're more than a few dollars cheaper)
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June 18, 2010 4:10:34 PM

Seagate Barracuda .12 (1tb) are on sale at microcenter for $59.99.
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June 18, 2010 11:56:56 PM

thanks guys, ur info help lots ^^
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