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August 28, 2010 8:11:49 AM

hi.

I now have some budget(~$1500) for a new rig, will overclock and mainly for PC gaming
I would like any suggestions and if it there any overkill/bottleneck/compatibility iuuses?

CPU:
I7-930

MB:
Gigabyte X58-UD3R/ASUS P6X58D-E
(I would prefer Gigabyte since it got the Tom's recommend here, but it seems on Neweggs many are complaining about the RAID 0 and RAM issues...should i go for the ASUS board or this is just a minority problem..?)

Graphic:
GIGABYTE GV-N470D5-13I-B GeForce GTX 470
(Will go for an EVGA card if not choosing the Gigabyte MB)

RAM:
Cosair 3*2GB DDR3 1600 CMX6GX3M3A1600C9

Storage:
Crucial RealSSD C300 64GB SATA III CTFDDAA064MAG-1G1
WD Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM SATA III WD1002FAEX
(also here, wondering if this is going to cause any problems since i use up the two SATA3 ports on the Gigabyte board althou it's not in RAID)

PSU:
OCZ Fatal1ty 750W OCZ750FTY

CPU Heatsink:
Scythe Mugen 2

Case:
NZXT Phantom
(hmmm i know it's not there yet, but it looks REALLY cool)

PS. Price looks pretty high at this point of the year :(  wondering when it's going to drop...

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August 28, 2010 8:17:33 AM

ther really isn't any point to a SATA3 mechanical HD, get the samsung f3 spinpoint 1tb SATA 2
August 28, 2010 8:27:33 AM

ScrewySqrl said:
ther really isn't any point to a SATA3 mechanical HD, get the samsung f3 spinpoint 1tb SATA 2

im not sure about this...haven't found any decent reviews yet. i chose the SATA3 drive mainly for its 64MB cache hoping it is worth of the extra $20
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August 28, 2010 11:54:59 AM

If this is purely for gaming a P55 i5-760 build would be 200$ cheaper, and would be faster in game, while a P55 platform would use 60 watts less at load (theoretically better overclocking/less energy cost).

The interface on these forums is clunky so I CBA to embed links.

i5-760 210$ http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3463938-10521304?sid=efqxt...
MSI-P55a-G55 105$ http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3463938-10521304?sid=efqxt...
G.skill eco series 99$ http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3463938-10521304?sid=efqxt...
850 watt XFX black edition PSU 105$ http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3463938-10521304?sid=efqxt...
Samsung F3 75$ http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3463938-10521304?sid=efqxt...
Litescribe DVD burner 20$ http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3463938-10521304?sid=efqxt...
GTX 470 240-270$ http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3463938-10521304?sid=efqxt...
Noctua D-14 75$

929 USD. Could grab a second 460 and an SSD with that money, though TBH I would pocket it for upgrades later, seeing as Intel, AMD, ATI, and most SSD manufacturers are set for their next-gen very soon.
August 28, 2010 3:24:27 PM

and i5/am3 build would be more cost efficient if all you're doing is gaming. personally i would go amd purely on the fact that the i5 socket has no cpu upgrade path whereas the bulldozer is supposedly going to be compatible on am3 boards. an 890fx board with a 965/955 will be more than enough for gaming and general multitasking.
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