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Gaming build that has top performance

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June 30, 2010 3:40:41 PM

It's been 4 years since I built a new pc, I think now it's finally the time.

Here is what I have so far:

Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601920

Power supply:
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply


CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


HIS H467QS1GH Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Sound card:


I have HD, Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speaker, Headphone, DVD burner ready.

4 questions:

1. Do I really need a 850w power supply to be safe for future upgrades? Or 750w is more than enough.
2.Which video card (two from above) is faster?
3. Is the on board sound card good enough?
4. What cooling add-ons do I need to get?

Thanks for reading, I am very open to suggestions, please help me out and point out anything I need to watch out for this build. :) 
June 30, 2010 3:56:27 PM

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Usage and budget are important.

Off the bat changes are i7-930 instead.
GA-x58-UD3R mobo instead.

Case to the 902 instead. ATM, combo's with a 7200.12 1TB HD for a very good deal.

GPU isn't sufficient for gaming, unless this is a workstation CUDA build.

If it's gaming, you should either use a 5870, or drop down to the i5-750 and 5850 if budget is tight.

1. 750 can xfire 5870's. Can technically even do 2 5970's, though not recommended.
2. Neither see above.
3. Yes
4. HSF if you plan on OC. CM hyper 212 plus is $26 on amazon.

Can also go with a scythe mugen or Megahalem, Tuniq tower 212 or Notcua NH-D14 if you want even better cooling.
July 1, 2010 5:51:09 AM

b2's recommendations are seconded.

(b1 = batuchka
b2 = banthracis)
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July 1, 2010 2:20:42 PM

Thanks for all your help.

HAF 922 vs Antec 902, which has better Cooling?
July 1, 2010 2:55:31 PM

Loaded question to ask there!

They're close enough that you can consider them equivalent.
July 2, 2010 1:34:14 AM

GA-x58-UD3R is out of stock. What's a good 2nd choice?
July 2, 2010 4:43:55 AM

Asus P7P55D-E $240 atm
July 2, 2010 1:06:08 PM

ASrock is a lower quality budget board builder. I don't use or recommend them.
July 2, 2010 7:15:34 PM

I don't think G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 will work on GA-X58A-UD3R. It's Memory Standard is DDR3 2200/1333/1066/800

Correctly me if Im wrong

I want to get this combo:

Since it's cheap and has good cooling, so I need to order DDR3 1600
July 3, 2010 12:05:18 AM

Yes memory will work. Any memory will work with any MOBO long as voltages are in correct range.

After all, overclocking requires adjustment of memory clock to any number, so they can't list everything. Well they could, but its called a list of every number from 800 to 2200.