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September 8, 2010 3:15:10 PM

This will be my first attempt at a build. The comp will be for gaming and home use. Any advice would be deeply appreciated!



• Case/PSU - Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply

• Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P

• ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP

• CPU - Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core

• G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

• HDD - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

• CPU Cooler - ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic

• 64GB SSD for Win7 Boot and WoW

• OS – Win7 Home Premium 64bit
Total Cost Estimate $1100
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September 8, 2010 4:34:11 PM

i5 760 is the new model. Should be about the same price but a bit faster.

Caviar blue is the cool and quiet server drive line. For a gaming system boot disk you at least want caviar black or a faster Samsung F3 500GB or Seagate 7200.12 500GB.

With and SSD, the HDD isnt as important. But make sure you get a good SSD like an OCZ Vertex 2. There have been huge improvements in SSDs over the past year and the newer designs are far faster and dont degrade as quickly as the older ones.

Antec Sonata is wide enough for a 120mm cooler. Depends on if you plan on doing any overclocking at all.
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September 8, 2010 4:35:41 PM

Fill out form in sticky, link in my sig.

Both the HD and HSF should be changed. About same rpice you can get a 1tB Spinpoint F3 and Hyper 212 Plus.

Be sure you're buying the OEM version of the OS to save some money.

Case wise, you should also consider this Antec 300 + Antec BP 550 combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
September 8, 2010 7:11:18 PM

Thank you both.

I will make the necessary changes and re-post.
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