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$1150 gaming build

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August 17, 2010 7:06:42 PM
August 17, 2010 7:26:30 PM

the 465 is a cheaper, slower version of the 470, but is just as loud and power-hungry. spend the extra $20 or so and get a 5850, or get a 460 if you really want nvidia.

the caviar is good, but a spinpoint f3 1TB is cheaper and faster.

OCZ RAM isnt very good right now, try corsair, gskill, mushkin.

look at better brand-name PSUs, corsair particularly.

all-in-all, this is a good build, just a few brand-switches needed.
August 17, 2010 7:27:48 PM

1. What is that psu? The psu is a critical component. I understand that you're going for value, but this deal: is a way better product, for even LESS than you're paying.

XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W ATX12V 2.2 / ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case newegg

This combo deal has the xfx 750w psu for 190:

Both of those should be okay to run the 930 + 2 460s, although if you're sure about the SLI, go with the 750 imo.

2. Believe it or not, 460 > 465, and sli 460 >> sli 465, since the scaling in the 460's is the most efficient ever. as reference.

3. Have heard some dissatisfied rumblings with the OCZ's. G.Skill's are pretty much regarded as the gold standard of best performance/price.

4. The WD Caviar Black and the Samsung f3 Spinpoint are considered pretty much neck and neck...except the Spinpoint is currently 10 dollars cheaper on newegg.