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New Gaming Rig, thoughts?

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September 29, 2010 5:10:29 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next 2 months

Budget Range: 1000-13000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes eventually

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: may replace current monitor with a 23" led full hd tv





CPU - Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz

CPU Cooler - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus

HDD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3

GPU - SAPPHIRE 100281-3SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB

Optical Drive - ASUS Black 24X DVD+R

OS = Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Updated with new parts...Like this build a whole lot time to start building!

Total Price is $1223.89

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September 29, 2010 5:21:29 AM

Drop down to 2x2GB of RAM and upgrade to a 5870.

Rosewill isn't top tier by any stretch of the imagination, I'd look at an Antec/Cooler Master case instead.

Also for the PSU, look at the XFX 80 PLUS Silver PSUs. Or even OCZ Fatal1ty. Of course Antec, Corsair or Seasonic would be best.

For price/performance if you can find a CM Hyper 212+ for around 25-35 dollars get that.
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September 29, 2010 5:34:40 AM

6 gigs in a dual channel setup is kind of pointless. You'll have 2x2GB in dual channel and then 2 GB just hanging out unused.

I can say with certainty that 4 GB is all that you will need for gaming.

Dump 4 GB and spend the money on Case/PSU/Gfx card upgrades.

Other than that you're probably set. Also get This RAM its cheaper and its 1600 @ CAS 7 latency
September 29, 2010 5:42:23 AM

Those sticks aren't bad, just realize that anything over 1600 usually requires tweaks to run it at the rated 2000 speed.

That GPU is spot on, good price too. If you're buying soon I'd get it now before the sale expires.
September 29, 2010 5:45:34 AM

ok didnt realize that about the ram, think i should go with the 1600 you recomended? Its cheaper and if theres not much advantage to the 2000 im game
September 29, 2010 5:51:17 AM

I would but think of it this way. Most likely if you put the DDR3-2000 CAS 7 RAM in, your motherboard will simply wet it as DDR3-1600 CAS 7. But it would be easier to clock it to 2000 because thats what it's designed for.

But to be honest you won't notice a difference in performance, especially gaming.
September 29, 2010 5:56:38 AM

sweet, its settled then..... just gotta figure out a case/psu and i think im good to go!
September 29, 2010 5:57:50 AM

The Cooler Master HAF 922 is on sale for 89.99

And you can get the 750W XFX 80 PLUS SILVER for I think 104.99 after MIR
September 29, 2010 6:28:40 AM

That it does. I think you're pretty set now. If you need anything else I'll be on tomorrow night
September 29, 2010 6:30:44 AM

ok thanks again man
September 29, 2010 7:35:41 AM

Even better!
September 30, 2010 12:28:02 AM

man that case looks huge...thats a good thing tho the more room the better