$1200 Gaming PC double checking.


BUDGET RANGE: 1000-1300


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers,

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg , recommendations?


OVERCLOCKING: don't know how but i want to.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: in the future.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: whats the best to game on?

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: do i need to buy wires or does it come with all the wires and stuff.

CPU + OS combo
Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield + windows 7 home prem 389.99

Graphics card
MSI N460GTX CYCLONE 1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 460 224.99

ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard 299.99

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9T-6GBNQ 119.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive 74.99

NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 69.99

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  1. Woah! Few problems.

    Why are you getting that HDD? You are going to want a faster drive unless you have an SDD as a boot drive.

    You know even GTX 460 SLI can run on a 650w psu, you can get this for your build if you want to save a few dollars, XFX and Corsair TX use the same parts. 750 would be better in case you get some more power hungry cards in the future, however.

    Thirdly you should have a triple channel memory kit as apposed to dual channel with that motherboard.

    If your going to spend that much money on a motherboard at least have a look at this..

    Also, this combo.

    This 460 is also cheaper, and better...
    MSI HAWK > Asus DirectCU > MSI Cyclone > EVGA
  2. also for that budget i would try going for a more powerful gpu, if its just for gaming then an i5 760 should be enough and the money saved by going for a p55 mobo and 4gb of ram and the money saved on the cpu should give you enough cash to go for a gtx 480 or 5970
  3. and i agree with helltech the samsung spinpoint f3 is a good hdd, as for a case the apollo is not bad but the coolermaster haf 922 is also a very good option
  4. thanks, i switch it up a bit tell me how it looks now. as for the psu i put it at 750 so i can maybe oc and run sli
  5. xsonnixx said:
    thanks, i switch it up a bit tell me how it looks now. as for the psu i put it at 750 so i can maybe oc and run sli

    You can run SLI GTX460 on a 650w PSU, but if you went to higher graphics cards you would need more, so I guess better leave it where it is, leaves room for upgrades in the future.

    I would get this 460 instead for sure..

    Don't forget this combo.

    Are you still within budget?

    If not this would be good to save some money, its still a high-end motherboard.
  6. okay im still under budget so thats good.
  7. Well you can SLI a GTX460s and CF HD5850s on a 650w psu, you will be fine with 750w.
  8. how is the evga 460 better then the msi 460 ? and for the memory should i just get the gskill pi series rather then the one i have now?
  9. Do you mean how is the MSI one better? Better cooling and way better overclocking on the MSI to the EVGA. Plus its very cheap with the MIR.
  10. and msi warranty covers over voltage damage
  11. You 'can' SLI 460s on a 650 watt but it's not recommended. You'll be running close to your PSU's maximum output, so your efficiency will be worse, and you'll be stressing the components by running them full-tilt.

    And over time as the PSU's components degrade and provide less power while the GPUs degrade and require more power, it only gets worse.
  12. a gtx 460 only pulls 150 watts max on stock clocks 650 will run it without a sweat
  13. Load usage is ~528 http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/181

    Or about 80% of the PSUs max. Add overclocking and two years and I would be hesistant.

    If a 750 doesn't break your budget, I would go for it. If it doesn't, it's not a huge deal unless you start overclocking heavily or folding.
  14. furmark is a unrealistic scenario

    worst case 174 x 2 =348 watts graphics only
    348-650=302 watts for everything else,if he is not into extreme clocking he should be fine
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