New Gaming Rig - Am I over doing it?


I have never built my own gaming rig before, but I have been eagerly looking forward to it for quite some time. I recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan and am ready to reward myself. I *tentatively* set the budget for my new Gaming machine at $1500, constructed a list of parts, and promptly crossed that line - by a long shot.

However, I am willing to make some adjustments to my original budget provided I am making a solid investment in what will be a good solid machine for a few years to come (with little investment in upgrading components).

Without further ado, when considering the list of parts below:

1) Am I overdoing this technology-wise? Are the parts I'm paying good money for worth it in the value department?

2) Have I made some critical error in my construction with parts that are non-compatible?

3) Do you have any suggestions or observations that could help me in any way?

Thanks so much for your time!

TLDR: Is this new gaming rig a good idea?

Cooler Master HAF 922 (Love this case)


Intel i7 950

2 x
1Gb MSI MSI N470GTX Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi)

Hard Drive: (in RAID 0)
2 x Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s

2 x G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit

Power Supply:
Corsair TX series 950W

Monitor: (Least time and effort put into this - due to least knowledge)
SAMSUNG P2450H Rose Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor

Total Price: $2178.87
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  1. If you just wanna play games then you don't need 2tb worth oh hard disk is enough..
  2. For gaming? 4GB of ram and an i5-760 are all you really need. Raid 0 doesn't make a lot of sense anymore now that SSDs are out.
  3. I would rather get 2 x GTX 460's for much more efficient power usage than two GTX 470's. The performance hit wouldnt be too bad (all your games would run with the details maxed out anyway, and any difference in noticable speed would be negligible)
  4. Drop to 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 HDD. It is great value and great performance.

    I would also drop the i7 and go with:
    i5 760 and Asus P7P55D E Pro motherboard - $359 [...] mbo.492249

    and for RAM and PSU
    G Skill Ripjaw RAM 1600mhz, CL 7 & Coraise 850W PSU - $165 [...] mbo.492823

    There is no need for more than 4gb RAM for gaming.
    For GPU either 470s or 2 x GTX460 1gb are what I would look at. I prefer the design of the GTX460s - cooler, power efficient and so I would go with them myself, but the GTX 470 is a good choice too. The Gigabyte GTX 460 1gb cards are only $200 atm.

    The monitor you picked is good, but if you want some cheaper alternatives:
    Asus 24 inch 2ms response is $220 - if you are ordering soon the promo code reduces it to $200.

    or the LG monitor for $220

    The LG monitor does not have an HDMI connector so if that matters to you then you may want to avoid it.

    With the money saved, you may want to consider getting an SSD to speed up loading times. I personall don't care much for them as I prefer to use money to increase the actual gaming performance rather than load times - but then again, I have never had the spare money to buy all the performance I need and have money left to consider an SSD
  5. asteldian said:
    I would also drop the i7 and go with:
    i5 760 and Asus P7P55D E Pro motherboard - $359 [...] mbo.492249

    When I first started compiling components this was the processor I had built around. However, when I considered 1366 vs 1156 based boards I started to worry about future upgrades. I can see the next processor I buy being an 1366, so would it not be prudent to buy a 1366 board now? Or are the savings in RAM/Motherboard/Processor in the right now worth the price of new RAM/Motherboard/Processor in the future?

    Having read the "Best Gaming CPU for the Money: August" article I am aware of the 'past the point of reason' argument for not exceeding an i5 760, but if I can afford the extra 140 bucks (i7950[$299] + EVGA X58 mobo[$210]= $510) is the investment worth it, or, do you see the LGA 1156 boards still being a viable option, say, 2 - 3 years down the road?
  6. the 1156 platform is a dead platform, no new cpu's will be made for it. the next gen sandybridge cpu's will be on the 1155 platform.

    however, from what i understand the 1136 platform is also not going to be part of the new sandybridge cpu's and will be replaced by the 2011 chipset and is also a dead platform

    if this is true, then it would be a better investment to go with the 1156 chipset as its a cheaper platform and will still give you whatever you need
  7. Both chipsets are redundant for the future, but then the build will be lasting you 3-5 years anyway so by then you will want to buy a new mob/CPU RAM set anyway so I would not worry about it
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