New system OC? 6GB Memory?

I'm ready to order my new rig and have pretty much hammered out the details of what I want. Just looking for opinions on a few options.

main use = Gaming (WoW, SC2(mainly), Civ 5, Diablo 3, torchlight, etc...)

There will be streaming and other things done with this, but mainly gaming.

i7 930 processor (2.8ghz)iirc
6GB 1333 Memory
Nvidia 480 GTX Card (DVI & Mini HDMI ports)
Win 7
800W Power Supply


Is it worth it to OC the processor? say to 3.0 or 3.2 GHZ? I'm sure the rig is overkill for some of the stuff I play but SC2 in paticular is fairly CPU heavy and might benefit??

Is more than 6GB of memory needed?

Whats a great monitor for this setup? NM I started a different monitor thread in the LCD section.
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  1. With a GTX 480 as your video card, yes giving the CPU a bump up in speed is a pretty good idea.
    An aftermarket CPU cooler will let you go to ~3.5-3.6Ghz easily and give you the option for even a bit more. CM Hyper 212+ is a pretty good option.

    A CPU OC is a much better way to improve performance over increasing RAM. 6GB is plenty for a gaming PC.
  2. I should go ahead and point out that those specs are obscene for what you're doing. You can easily get buy by spending a fraction of the cost. I'll list a build below that would save you a ton of money.

    That CPU is overkill anyway. That said, since you built it yourself, you might as well do some tweaking. Of course, you can always see what it can do before you OC.

    No. 6 GB is too much already, but 3 GB is too little, so you're pretty much stuck because of the triple channel requirement.

    Here's the build. I'm making sure the links and prices are correct.

    CPU/Mobo: X4 955 and Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $235 after rebate (with a free game)
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $110
    GPU: HD 5770 $150
    HDD/PSU: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB and Corsair 650W $130 after rebate
    Case: Antec 300 Illusion $60
    PSU: and Earthwatts 650W $120
    Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $19

    Total: $824
  3. @WR2 Thanks for the info. I was afraid of OC'ing too much as it might reduce the lifespan of the CPU? I feel 3.2 is a nice spot but it's nice to know if I get the itch for more I can go there.

    @MadAdmiral Yeah I figured it's pretty big overkill, but I want to future proof to a point. The last system I got is now going on its 10th year and it still plays all the games I listed, but on low settings. Frankly I could keep it and play the games, however i'd like to get higher detail and better performance.

    I should have mentioned I'm gettin it prebuilt as my knowledge in PC's isn't enough that I feel comfortable building one. Altho I could probably do it. The specs I listed are from the Alienware Aurora. I've searched around and feel like they aren't hugely overpriced for what I'm getting and I've enjoyed their products in the past. With the discount I think the system is running $1800
  4. Totally didn't notice this was in the Prebuilt section. I was just looking under the Systems...

    I should point out that it takes almost nothing to put together a PC. If you just invest a little time into learning, it can be done with very little hassle and huge cost savings.
  5. You're better off going AVA direct and their custom computer builder. If there's any part you don't see there you want to add, you can buy it on their website and they'll install for you.

    Custom as opposed to gaming as gaming has a weird price premium for same parts. AVAdirect is only prebuilt site I'd recommend as they let you choose exactly what components you want, so you're not gonna end up with cheap no name generic parts. Alienware and Dell use ton's of those. Proprietary parts too, in many cases so you can't upgrade or fix yourself.

    Before you buy form any prebuilt computer company check out their and pages.

    Alienware (and Dell in general actually) is pretty horrendous.

    On avadirect, that build including win 7 64 bit with top quality parts comes out to $1797

    * COOLER MASTER HAF 922 Black Mid Tower Case,
    * CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX TX Series Power Supply, 850W, 80 PLUS®, 24-pin ATX12V EPS12V, SLI Ready
    * GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R, LGA1366, Intel® X58, 6400 MT/s QPI, DDR3-2200 24GB /6, PCIe x16 SLI CF /4, SATA 3 Gb/s RAID 5 /6, 6 Gb/s RAID /2, USB 3.0 /2, HDA, GbLAN, FW /3, ATX, Retail
    * INTEL Core™ i7-930 Quad-Core 2.8GHz, LGA1366, 4.8 GT/s QPI, 8MB L3 Cache, 45nm, 130W, EM64T EIST VT XD, Retail
    * CRUCIAL 6GB (3 x 2GB) Ballistix PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz CL7 (7-7-7-24) 1.65V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC
    * EVGA GeForce® GTX 480 700MHz, 1536MB GDDR5 3696MHz, PCIe x16 SLI, DVI /2, mini-HDMI, Retail
    * SAMSUNG 1TB SpinPoint F3, SATA 3 Gb/s, 7200-RPM, 32MB Cache, Retail
    * RAID No RAID, Independent HDD Drives
    * SONY AD-7241S Black 24x DVD±R/RW Dual-Layer Burner w/ Lightscribe, SATA, OEM
    * ALPS DF354H Black Internal 1.44MB 3.5" Floppy Drive
    * MICROSOFT Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition, OEM
    * WARRANTY Silver Warranty Package (3 Year Limited Parts, 3 Year Labor Warranty)

    edit: If you build yourself it's only $1500.
  6. Thanks Banth..I'd looked at that site and a few others but was kind of lost to what brands, models, etc.. would be the best buys and would go with each other so that made me look for other sources.

    You note the ava direct price is 1797 and my alienware price is like 1800 I believe with discount, so not too far off, but again I can't pick the parts so I'll look into that.
  7. Alienware and Dell support is pretty much useless. If you do a build on AVAdirect using the cheap parts like Dell/Alienware does, it's much cheaper, ~$1480.

    Check out their better business bureau and reseller ratings pages.
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