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July 16, 2010 4:10:32 AM

Hey guys just asking for a little bit of guidance on my new gaming build. Technically it's my first build but I basically rebuilt my old PC a few years ago, so I think I've got a good grasp of the process.

So here it is so far

Purchase Date: Sometime this week

Parts not required: Keyboard, mouse

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI: Maybe at a later date

Case: Cooler Master Storm Sniper

MOBO: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R

RAM: 8GB Corsair XMS3

CPU: Intel Core i7 930

CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Frio

GPU: EVGA GTX 480 Superclocked (may add a second in the future)

DVD Drive: LiteOn 24x DVD Writer (x2)

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM 1TB HDD

PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro 1000W

I think I've got pretty much everything down, but I could use advice on a good monitor around 22" with 1920x1080 resolution. Any general help with any other components is appreciated too. Thanks guys.

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July 16, 2010 4:59:53 AM

^ You wont need 1000W for GTX 480 SLI...850W would suffice...And did you check for combos???
CM Storm Sniper + CM Silent PRO 850W

Gigabyte UD3R + WIN 7 HP

RAM - Get a Tri-Channel kit like this to make use of the Tri-Channel controller on the CPU
GSKillz 6GB DDR3

CPU Cooler - If you will be overclocking say to 3.6-3.8GHz level, then even these coolers would perform as good...
Scythe Mugen 2

CM Hyper 212+

HDD - Definitely the Samsung F3 1TB


And no SSD ??

And why 2 DVD drives ? Maybe 1 BD Combo ??
July 16, 2010 5:22:16 AM

Thanks for the tips on the HDD and the PSU/Case combo. I was thinking 2 DVD drives as I don't own any Blu-ray discs or have a player, but i guess it really can't hurt to add one. With regards to the RAM, is getting the tri-channel kit enough to justify dropping 2 gigs of RAM in the process, is 8gb just simply unnecessary?
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July 16, 2010 5:34:13 AM

^ 8GB for gaming like you said is simply unnecessary...
And why not HD 5870 ?? Why Nvidia ?
July 16, 2010 6:10:47 AM

A combination of twisted brand loyalty, and knowing that the 480s scale well in SLI if I decide to go that route.
July 16, 2010 6:24:00 AM

Should be 1920x1080 with this build. I think the only thing holding me back from doing a dual 470 setup is that I'll probably be running on one card for a while, and I'd rather have the 480's extra performance, figuring that if I add one later it will have come down in price even more by then.
July 16, 2010 6:42:36 AM

^ Well its your call...