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New AMD & GTX 460 gaming build for SC2

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August 31, 2010 5:02:09 AM

Hello guys,

I am new to building a PC, but I have done a lot of research and here is what I have come up with. This build will mainly be for gaming (SC2).

I am starting off with one GTX 460 but am planning on adding another one in the future. Would you all take a look at this and tell me what you think? As long as I can run SC2 on Ultra graphic settings with very high FPS then I'll be happy.

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

ASUS M4N98TD EVO AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Palit NE5X460HF1102 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Sonic Platinum Overclocking Edition 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(just one for now, I would like to add another one later)

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
(x 2 = 8 GB total)

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thank you for the help! And I'm sorry if this is a bad newbie post, I'm sure there are a ton of posts like this.

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August 31, 2010 5:18:01 AM

Looks good, though I would switch the HDD for a SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 (1TB or 500GB). For the CPU I would drop down to a X4 955. The 965 is just a factory overclocked 955. Basically you can save a few bucks and overclock the processor for equal and better performance. If you wanted to save a couple more bucks you could change your mobo to a MSI NF750-G55.
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August 31, 2010 5:46:25 AM

i would recommend an aftermarket cooler as well. I just replaced the stock amd heatsink on my 945 with a Cooler Master tx3. It's pretty sweet. It cools way better the stock hsf. I can actually run prime95. couldnt do that on stock. temps would hit 60 and i would stop the program. Now, with the TX3, it settles right around 43. I leave cool and quiet on, and it gets down to 28 at idle, and around 35 when gaming
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August 31, 2010 1:50:43 PM

Thanks for the help guys, and that great article.
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August 31, 2010 5:05:15 PM

You are welcomed ^^
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