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Gaming Rig - $1200

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July 6, 2010 2:16:36 PM

Hey guys, just another noob asking for advice on his first computer build. I'm looking for a system to run on more or less max res. CoD: Black ops, Fallout: New Vegas, Crysis 2 etc.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Late August/Early Sept.

BUDGET RANGE: 1100 - 1300 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS,

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, ncix.com, amazon.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: X58 mobo, i7-950, Radeon 5850 hd

OVERCLOCKING
: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, after the Radeon 6000s come out

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

Raid 0 with 2x Segate Barracuda 500gb, 7200 rpm 16mb latency
10% OC on system


Already bought:

Antec 900 case
Thermaltake TR2-750w Psu
Segate Barracuda 500gb 7200 rpm 16mb cache.

Current total: $135

Considering:

Intel i7-950 - $300 (after price drop in Late august)
XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB - I'm looking for stock freq. I can easily overclock using ATI Catalyst. If the Asus version becomes avaliable, then I'll buy that.
Corsair XMS-3 3x2gb
ASRock X58 Extreme 3 LGA 1366
Seagate Barracuda 7200

Total: $1135

Grand total: $1170

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July 6, 2010 2:46:41 PM

If you're overclocking, no point in getting a i7-950. For pure gaming actually, any i7 is useless. You're paying money for useless threads. Gaming isn't well threaded at all, and doesn't really benefit from more than 3.

Get an i5-750 for gaming.

You can't xfire a 6xxx gpu and 5xxx gpu. Well, I guess you could try(assuming drivers even allow it), but the 6xxx would just run at the speeds of the 5xxx, so you're effectively paying more money for less.

Avoid 1.65v ram. You're better off with a G Skill Pi 1600 cas 7 kit.

Asrock is a budget mobo company. For the same cost you're better off with a GA-x58-UD3R.

You also didn't list an optical, but you can just pick up cheapest burner you can find.
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July 6, 2010 3:38:20 PM

Well, the reason i'm going for an i7 is that I want this rig to last me for the next 3 years, until I finish college. Along the way I might have to do some modeling on the machine.

As for the graphics I meant xfire 2x 5xxx after the 6xxx come out, i.e. after the price drop on the 5xxx, sorry to be misleading.

Also what's with the 1.65v vs. 1.5v ram? - I have no idea that there was a difference :s

Lastly, will the GA-x58-UD3R be able to use 1600mhz ram? I'm also thinking of the asus p6t

Cheers
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July 6, 2010 9:10:44 PM

Any DDR3 RAM will work on any mobo that supports DDR3 assuming voltages are in spec.

Or short answer, Yes.

Either the Asus or GA work fine.

Intel chipset's aren't too happy for with 1.65v RAM, though it is technically supported. In general, lower voltage for equal timings and speed on RAM is better.
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