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August 26, 2010 8:51:49 PM

Greetings.

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???)
RAM
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.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR ANY HELP I RECEIVE!

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August 26, 2010 9:33:40 PM

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.

i7-930
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus X58 board
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.skill DDR3 1600 CL8
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HX 850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HAF
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Then if you can fit it in get a second 470.
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August 26, 2010 9:40:18 PM

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!
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August 26, 2010 9:47:23 PM

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
http://usa.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=AM2RChl84MZrKh6J&...
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August 26, 2010 9:51:43 PM

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)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Xigmatek Balder (Silver) cpu cooler ($45)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or go with the coolermaster Hyper 212 plus for $30 on amazon.com
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August 27, 2010 5:51:35 AM

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.
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August 27, 2010 6:00:08 AM

It's black. I've always used Western Digital as my HD and have never had any complaints.
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August 27, 2010 4:44:56 PM

The only complaints about WD is that they are expensive and have been slow to introduce the faster 500GB platters into their offerings.
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September 11, 2010 3:55:32 AM

Best answer selected by Moldavite.
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