A comp for the ages


I am here in need of help.

I've saved up for the past 3 years. The time is now. I'm ready to drop around $1,000 - $1,200 on parts for a new computer. I just don't know what the best product would be to get.

Right now I already have a monitor, keyboard, headset, mouse, cd/dvd drive, Win 7 64x, hard drive and video card.

I have a 24" Acer LED Monitor.
Megalodon 7.1 Surround Headset
G15 Logitech Gaming Keyboard.
EVGA GeForce GTX 470
1.5tb Western Digital HD

I LOVE my 470 a lot. I need a rig that can bring out the most of it.

What I need is:
A large case with excellent cooling/air flow
PSU (At least over 900watts)
Mobo (I was thinking Asus Rampage???)
Processor (I'm thinking Intel quad core)

I think that's it. If I'm missing anything, let me know. Oh, and should I go ahead and grab a bluray player?

What I'm asking for here, and I know I'm asking a lot, is for someone to make a list of those parts that are compatible and are meant for gaming. I'm looking for some hardcore stuff here. Like I said, I have around $1k to spend.

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    I think you need a little more help deciding what you want first.

    Getting the most out of your 470 is not a tall order, and does not require so much as you think. Certainly not a 900W PSU.

    I'll just upgrade you for 1K, and you tell me what you think.


    Asus X58 board

    G.skill DDR3 1600 CL8

    HX 850


    Then if you can fit it in get a second 470.
  2. Proximon's upgrade is pretty solid, i would have ended up picking about the same parts but i would have gone for the XFX 850W PSU, just as good as the Corsair 850HX but comes out ~$47 cheaper after promo code.
  3. ooh THANK YOU for the quick reply.

    I do have a few questions though if you don't mind me asking.

    First, I've never heard of G skill. Is that a good brand to buy from? I usually stick with Corsair/OCZ/Kingston

    And my other question is, not that I've had any experience with them, but I hear that the socket 1366 can be unstable. Is this true?

    Again thanks for your help!

    ps I wish the mobo had a pic!
  4. Gskill makes some high end ram kits, i have some and they have been quite good for me.

    Havent heard of LGA 1366 being unstable, if it was there would be quite a few people on this board with issues.

    Here are pics of the motherboard
  5. i5 760 CPU ($200)

    ASUS Rampage is dead and gone. ASUS P7P55D-E Pro with USB3/SATA 6GB ($180)

    2x2GB DDR3-1600 cas7 RAM ($100) Geil, Mushkin, Gskill, Corsair, whichever

    What makes you think you need an 900+ watt PSU? A 470 only needs a good 550W PSU.

    Antec 300 illusion and Antec EA750 PSU ($140)

    Xigmatek Balder (Silver) cpu cooler ($45)

    Or go with the coolermaster Hyper 212 plus for $30 on
  6. Thank you!!! This has been MORE then helpful. I know my money is going to be well spent now.

    Thanks so much.

    Also, have you seen this article on Intel price cuts??

    I may wait til after Aug 30th to purchase the processor...
  7. I have to ask is that WD 1.5 TB HDD a Green edition by chance? If so you will NOT want it as a primary drive. If it is a Black then you are fine but if it is a Green it will only be a 5400RPM drive and will be SLOW. I suggest a WD Black or Samsung Spinpoint F3 in 500GB, 1TB 1.5TB ect to take advantage of the newest 500GB platter designs. You may also look into a good SSD if you want real speed.
  8. It's black. I've always used Western Digital as my HD and have never had any complaints.
  9. The only complaints about WD is that they are expensive and have been slow to introduce the faster 500GB platters into their offerings.
  10. Hey, I'm back..


    One more question. With Intels price cuts on their processors, the i7-950 is only $299 now. The processor you linked me above is the i7-930 for $284.

    Does the ASUS Sabetooth X58 support the 950?
    And, if so, should I spend the few extra dollars to purchase it?


    Here are the links:


  11. The 950 price cuts are sweet. Fry's has it for $259! The Asus board should support it. Maybe check the website to be sure.
  12. Best answer selected by Moldavite.
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