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Looking for opinions/suggestions on gaming build.

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July 12, 2010 5:08:27 PM

This is the setup i am thinking about going with, would love some feedback as to if anything will bottleneck my performance, and suggestions as to how to avoid those problems. Will be using this for almost completely gaming purposes. Money isn't the biggest issue, but usually tend to stay away from obvious overpricing.

ASUS Crosshair IV MoBo- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS ATI HD 5870 Video- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Currently have 2x HD 4970 cards, would probably keep one to crossfire with 5870?)

AMD CPU - Have 940BE now, wondering if i need to upgrade?
RAM- Here is where i could use the most advice, was looking at possibly OCZ's Black Edition Ram 2x2gb or 4x2gb
HD- Wester Digital Caviar 7200rpm 1tb (x2 in raid)
Case- Antec 1200 Full Tower
Monitor- LG 27" LCD 2ms refresh- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any suggestions or comments are greatly appreciated. This is not my first build, and i have a basic understanding of overclocking, though i don't plan to do too much. Would possibly bump up some speeds, but definitely not trying to push anything too far. I know i will have to manually change memory clock settings to get the 1600 or 2000mhz, but willing to figure that out. Again, not too concerned with money issues, but i don't want to spend unnecessary money for little or no performance gains. Have read on a couple sites about problems with Crosshair IV mobo overheating due to some screws being too small or something. Figured they would have fixed that problem or addressed it and offered solutions by now though. Also, may be a month before putting this all together.

Thanks much for your time!
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July 12, 2010 11:35:25 PM

1. Should be in the new build section not here.
2. Fill out form, link in my sig.
3. In general, those extremely expensive mobo's are not worth the money. You'll be fine with a ga 890 ud3, or 790 ud4, boh ~$140
4. Don't xfire a 4970 w/ 5870. Driver issues aside, xfire runs at the speed of the slowest card, so you're wasting the extra money in the 5870.
5. No need to upgrade if you already have a Phenom II x4 940.
6. Don't get OCZ ram. Major issues lately. Get G Skill instead. A 4gb DDR3 1600 Ripjaw Kit, CAS 7 is $95 on newegg atm with promo code.
7. Change HD's to spinpoint f3's. 1tb drives are $75 and best bang for buck atm.
8. 27" is pushing it for 1920 x1080. You're better off with a 23.6". There an 23.6" 1920x1080 monitor from Acer for $160 today only, on newegg.
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