$1500 Gaming Build - want to check out before purchasing

Hi, I'm planning to build a system for the first time, and I wanted to run this setup by everyone. I've been looking over this forum for several weeks now, and this is what I've pieced together as being a good setup. Please let me know if you see any compatibility issues, have any suggestions, etc. Thanks!

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks

Budget Range: want to keep it under $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Primarily gaming, but would like it to be able to handle most anything

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: no preference

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Probably not

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Looking for a quality gaming rig, and I'm willing to spend a little extra to see that it can handle things for a few years to come. One note - I only have one GTX 460 listed, and a strong PSU as well. I plan to one day add a second GTX 460, just not right now.

Here's the part list so far:

CPU: Intel Core i7-950

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

HARD DRIVE: Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7,200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

GRAPHICS: MSI N460GTX CYCLONE 1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


CASE: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
OS: Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

DVD DRIVE: ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X...DVD Burner

MONITOR: ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor
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  1. I think your case is ugly and your graphics a little underpowered for your system
    but those are personal choices.


    better card ...as long as you are staying with one card if not you may want to keep you graphics card choice


    This looks promising you get two games it is more expensive but two games and a much better overclocker (apparently) Never count ON MIR
    but coupons are always valid because they show up with the card
  2. It all looks good, familiar. I definitely would go with a cheaper/better valued set of memory if that PSU combo doesn't last.

    i7-950 & UD3R combo will save you $15:

  3. I think you could have that second GTX 460 cross fire if you go with a an i5-750, LGA 1156. The i7 950 is really powerful, but since you're not going to overclock or do video editing, it does not add materially to your gaming experience. A second video card, however, would make a huge difference.

    Consider these choices:

    Same case with Windows Home Premium: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.437504.11-129-021 Nice case at a good price btw. Home Premium probably has all the same features you will need. If you do not really need to remote control your PC save yourself $40 here. Even if you don't get the i5 750, you should make this change.

    Mobo: Same level of Gigabyte board - GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3P for $60 less becasue it is LGA 1156.

    CPU: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz for $105 savings.

    Same PSU with 4GB of RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.492820 Savings of $90. Probalby could upgrade this choice if you wanted, and still have enough to buy that second card.
  4. Well, I'm not overly concerned with the case's looks. I just want one with good airflow and enough room for components, particularly a 2nd GTX 460.

    Thanks for the heads-up on the combo, wielander.

    I think I'll stick with the i7. Yes, this is mostly for gaming, but I also want to build something with enough power to multitask and deal with whatever I throw at it. I don't have a problem paying out a bit more for that. I chose to get Windows 7 Pro over Home mainly for XP Mode.
  5. Go for it, quad! You have a decent mid-range board, Nice timing on the fast memory. Get a heat sink and overclock that machine. It is made for it: Here is a Zalman, highly rated, powerful enough to handle all the heat of an OC'd 950 for only $50. I bet you can get over 4Ghz out of it, easy.
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