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July 13, 2010 12:15:23 PM

I'm building a new gaming system and I'd like to hear any input on the pieces I've picked out so far. From all of the reviews I've been looking at, the Asus MOBO is top of the line for that price range, but I'm not really sure about the memory.

Let me know what you think:


-ASUS P6X58D Premium - LGA 1366 - X58 - DDR3 - USB 3.0 SATA 6 Gb/s - ATX Motherboard

-Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8 MB LGA1366 CPU BX80601920

-Cooler Master V8 Nickel Plated Copper Base Aluminum Fins 8 Heatpipes Core i7 1366 CPU Cooler - (RR-UV8-XBU1-GP)

-EVGA 015-P3-1485-AR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) SuperClocked+ 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

X Corsair Dominator 6 GB PC3-12800 1600MHz Triple Channel Core i7 DDR3 CAS 8 Memory Kit CMP6GX3M3A1600C8 X
-- G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI

-Western Digital 1 TB SATA3 7200rpm 64MB Hard Drive WD1002FAEX (Caviar Black)

-Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

- I have my old COOLER MASTER Stacker 830 Evolution case that I was planning to use, plus my older 1tb internal and a raptor I will use for extra storage.
July 13, 2010 12:29:46 PM

Personally I would change the HDD to 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 (I say that a lot, but it is because it is the best for performance)

As you are geting a GTX480 I assume budget is not a big concern for you, if it were I would suggest going down to an i5 750 for no real gaming performance loss and getting the Asus P7P55D E Pro motherboard.

I would change the RAM to G Skill for better latency and probably similar price
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July 13, 2010 12:55:04 PM
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CL 7 definately - lower is better. Thats why I am not a big fan of Corsair - theirs tends to be 9-9-9-24 for most their RAM unless you want to pay a premium to get lower, whereas G Skill are a great brand and have great price/performance
July 13, 2010 2:10:26 PM

Hmm time to read the finer details of Fermi high end line on data such as heat at load, higher power consumption than a HD 5970 and noise at load me thinks: No reviewer has stated GTX 470/480 a better buy than HD 5850/5870 FYI....
July 13, 2010 2:36:12 PM

I assumed he was an Nvidia fan, me personally I wouldn't buy any of tehhe Fermi cards. The only one that looks worth buying would be the budget range which is the 460 coming out - but that card will be overpriced which defeats its purpose
July 23, 2010 11:18:29 AM

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