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June 18, 2010 3:07:38 PM

Hi Folks,

This PC will be used for gaming and nothing else. I have attempted to futureproof as much as possible( USB 3.0 & SATA 6g/bs). I know that this year is not the best year to built, however my current machine's PSU failed. My current PC was built 4 years ago and was built under these same conditions and it has served me well.

So, I ask of you - any suggestions on the build?

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Thanks.
June 18, 2010 3:14:06 PM

looks pretty good to me.

I'd swap the cpu for a 930, but it doesn't really matter if you want to save that little bit.

I'd also consider changing cpu cooler to either a better one from someone else, or swapping to a Hyper 212+. That said, the cooler there doesn't look too bad.
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June 18, 2010 3:40:40 PM

For a gaming rig i would do this build



COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119197
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant $109.99
$89.99
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ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor
Item #: N82E16824236049
Return Policy: Monitor Standard Return Policy
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-$30.00 Instant $259.99
$229.99
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XFX HD-587X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814150490
Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant $409.99
$389.99
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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH
Item #: N82E16820231279
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$139.99
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SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo Drive - Bulk SATA Model SH-B083L/BSBP LightScribe Support - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151199
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$10.00 Instant $89.99
$79.99
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Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820167023
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
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-$75.00 Instant $299.99
$224.99
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CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ...
Item #: N82E16817139006
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148433
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$30.00 Instant
-$20.00 Combo
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$219.98
$169.98
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ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131621
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
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ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$13.00 Instant
-$13.00 Combo $215.98
$189.98
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Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750
Item #: N82E16819115215
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
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Noctua NH-U12P SE2 120mm SSO CPU Cooler
Item #: N82E16835608014
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$5.00 Instant
-$15.00 Combo $274.98
$254.98
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Subtotal: $1,769.88

not sure why you need the blu-ray for just a gaming rig :) 

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June 18, 2010 4:15:01 PM

niklas_13 :

Why did you choose the i5?

I am still flip flopping on the blu-ray. I don't know if gaming companies will go that route of not yet, and I would rather spend the money now. Most of them are really using steam for digital distrubution, however I am a fan of hardcopy. Steam and the gaming companies are making hand over fist in profit and not passing on the savings to the customer.

Transmaniacon:
As far as the cooler goes, I am looking at some other options. What negatives do you see with the Hyper N?

My only real concern with the cooler is that will it fit in the case...

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June 18, 2010 4:22:37 PM

I would swap out cases with the CoolerMaster HAF922. Its much bigger, and has awesome airflow, and is $20 cheaper.

www.frostytech.com is the best place for CPU cooling information. You can check their list for the top coolers, and read reviews and whatnot. I am sure that CPU would be fine, but it all depends on what kind of overclocking you are planning on.
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June 18, 2010 4:30:19 PM

Possibly up the 3.0ghz
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June 18, 2010 4:43:00 PM

That would be a pretty mild overclock, so your CPU cooler would be fine.
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June 18, 2010 7:29:49 PM

So after reading quite a bit on Frostytech I will be changing my cooling soultion, however I have not decided on what yet.

I have another question to pose to everyone, how does the 5850 sit currently? I've been doing some research and now I'm considering the nvidia 420, or maybe even the 5870 - but the increased cost is not fairing with me well.
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June 19, 2010 12:52:10 AM

Relur said:
niklas_13 :

Why did you choose the i5?

I am still flip flopping on the blu-ray. I don't know if gaming companies will go that route of not yet, and I would rather spend the money now. Most of them are really using steam for digital distrubution, however I am a fan of hardcopy. Steam and the gaming companies are making hand over fist in profit and not passing on the savings to the customer.

Transmaniacon:
As far as the cooler goes, I am looking at some other options. What negatives do you see with the Hyper N?

My only real concern with the cooler is that will it fit in the case...


I went with the i5 750 because for a gaming PC you really dont need the HT or the 6 gigs of ram you need for a X58 platfrom, this saving you money and putting it in a better GPU the HD 5870 vs HD 5850 a 30 % faster card allowing you to play all the games out there at very high setting with AA on with a rez of 1920x1200.

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June 19, 2010 3:29:14 AM

from purely a gaming perspective, the extra $100 or so that is used to get the i7 and the better RAM and mobo could be spent on better graphics. The extra graphics one the i5 would then outperform the i7 in games.

Cooler Master Hyper 212+ is a solid choice for budget cooling. Then again a CM TX3 is cheaper and you're not o'cing very high.
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June 19, 2010 6:19:50 AM

I strongly recommend a haf 922 case... Also, consider a better heatsink like one from noctua or even the corsair h50 since that will be the most important piece of your overclock which with the 920 or 930 is easy to push up around 3.8 or so at low voltage.

The i7 900 series are notoriously hot chips so improved air flow for a good case and a good cooler will pay huge dividends.
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June 20, 2010 7:08:22 PM

Get rid of those 8 GB, as they won't run efficiently on your board.

I would recommend this 6 GB RAM that's more then plenty
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Plus it's $35 LESS!

This has tighter timings - and will run in Trichannel mode

The rule of thumb for x58 boards & i7 processors is either 6 GB or 12 GB RAM - NOTHING else, unless of course you don't want optimal performance. ;) 

The speed is not as important as tighter timings, that's what the geniuses around here along with extensive research have taught me. ;) 
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June 20, 2010 8:59:32 PM

Yer definately go with the 12gb of ram. Plenty of performance
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June 21, 2010 12:15:30 AM

Relur said:
How's http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Im really wondering about the speed of say 1600 RAM on my MB which only supports - 2200/1333/1066/800. Should I overclock or underclock... decisions decisions....


just pick up one set of ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There is no way in hell you need 12 gigs of ram for a gaming rig 6 is even more then enough and save some of your money................

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