$1200 Gaming PC Tags: New Build Systems Product Last response: July 25, 2010 8:00 AM in Systems Share Tannequy July 25, 2010 5:04:57 AM Hi, I'm gonna be building a new system soon and I just wanted to hear your opinions on the different parts I've chosen. Any advice on how to save $$ or optimize performance would be greatly appreciated. APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: probably in a couple of months BUDGET RANGE: 1000 - 1200$ (but lets not worry about that too much, shall we... ) SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, watching movies, surfing the internet PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, PSU (Chieftec APS-650C 650W), videocard (Geforce GTS250 1GB), Hard Drives PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use an Intel CPU OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (it kinda scares me...) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (later in the future when I upgrade my videocard) MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: A quiet PC would be nice... Here are the parts I selected myself (this is the part I need help with): Case: Coolermaster Haf 922 Mid Tower ATX Case Black 5X5.25 5X3.5INT Motherboard: ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard CPU: Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950 CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE2 120mm SSO CPU Cooler (I'd MAYBE like to O/C the CPU) RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH (For now, I only have Win7 32bit so more ram would be pointless at this point...Right?) Any advice on this configuration? Is there anything I should switch for a better performing/cheaper alternative? Does anyone have any experience with these components they might want to share? Is there anything I missed? Thank you all for your support. More about : 1200 gaming Lmeow July 25, 2010 6:10:48 AM A few recommendations 1. You'll need a triple channel kit, so amount of sticks in multiples of three such as 3 x 1 GB, 3 x 2 GB etc. Best to upgrade to 64-bit W7 while you're at it. 2. The i7 950 is badly overpriced, go for the i7 930 which costs $250 less and performs nearly as well, once you overclock it there's virtually no difference. 3. The P6X58D-E will save you some money, and there are like no differences between the E and Premium versions. Tannequy July 25, 2010 7:05:19 AM Thanks for the info, I think I'll opt for the I7 930 and the P6X58D-E as you recommended. As for the RAM, I'm now thinking of getting the Corsair XMS3 CMP6GX3M3A1600C8 6GB 3X2GB DDR3 DDR3-1600 PC3-12800 CL 8-8-8-24. To be perfectly honest, I've had some bad experiences with Corsair RAM in the past, but I'm hoping it won't be the case this time. But just in case, do you have any tips/advice/suggestions concerning Corsair RAM or any info regarding Corsair RAM compatibility issues with Asus Motherboards (specifically the P6X58D-E)? Thanks Related resources Best $ 1200 Upgradeable Gaming PC - Forum First Time Gaming PC Build $1000-$ 1200 - Forum New Gaming PC , $ 1200 -$1400 budget - Forum Gaming and silent PC build ($ 1200 ) - Forum [Homebuilt] $ 1200 -1400 Gaming PC Advice Please - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Mark Heath July 25, 2010 7:10:47 AM As far as I know apart from usually being expensive, Corsair RAM's good. If you're looking at that kit, mb switch to this: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... G.Skill alternative, but I'd go for the Corsair if you don't mind the MIR http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... Tannequy July 25, 2010 8:00:36 AM Great, thanks. I think I'll give G.Skill a try. BTW...you guys ROCK... thanks for all the great advice. Just let me know if you have anything to add concerning my little project... Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources Click here if your system won't boot or there is no video output Forum Homebrew Template Forum $ 1200 gaming PC Forum $ 1200 -1500 Gaming PC Forum Looking for help with a new Gaming PC ($ 1200 budget) Forum Building a $ 1200 gaming PC Forum U$$ 1200 Gaming PC Forum $800- 1200 USD Gaming PC build Forum Building a gaming pc under 1200 . Your view on parts? Forum New Gaming /Development home PC - $ 1200 budget Forum £ 1200 Gaming PC Forum $ 1200 gaming pc first build Forum Building my first gaming PC with a $ 1200 budget Forum $ 1200 Gaming PC Forum SFF gaming PC ~ $ 1200 Forum More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !