Gaming system

Hey there!!!!

I'm going to be building my first computer and I would kindly appreciate some guidance from the seasoned computer builders here. This is what I came up with for my price range ( $1800-$2000 )

I might switch out the optical drive but I'm happy with everything else. I just have 3 questions:

1) Does the mobo support the ram I have picked out? From what I can see it does, but it says overclocking in brackets next to the 1600MHz under memory supported for the mobo. This makes me second guess because I don't what this exactly means.

2) Is everything compatible?

3) Am I missing anything?

Other than that I double checked everything else and everything seems to be good to me. I don't want to change anything although tips and opinions are welcomed.

Thanks in advance!

GPU: ATI 5870

PSU: Stealthxstream 700W ( 80+ certified )

MOBO: ASUS P6T Motherboard

RAM: Corsair Core i7 Dominator 6GB

HDD: Western Digital 500g ( That's all I need for room)

CPU: Intel i7 930

Optical Drive: HP multiformat DVD Writer

Case: Cool Master HAF 932

OS: Windows 7 home edition

Thermal Paste: TG1 Extreme
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  1. When a motherboard says 1600 Mhz (overclocking), it means that it will support that speed, but it won't autodetect it at that speed; you will have to go into the BIOS and adjust the settings yourself. You won't really be "overclocking" the memory, but you'll have to do some of the same procedures to get it working at that speed.

    For the motherboard, if you're buying new today, I would definitely recommend getting one with USB 3.0 capability. Not a lot of essential uses for it yet, but I can REALLY see it coming in handy in the future. While you're at it, might as well look for one with native support for 1600mhz RAM and save yourself that trouble.

    It depends on how much you favor Intel, but the six-core AMD processors beat all but the super high-end Intel i7s for about half to two-thirds the price:

    The 1055T lags behind the 1090T at base speeds, but if you know how to overclock using the FSB, you can make up that difference and then some. Defintely the way I would go.

    Hard drive, in the 7200 rpm models, the Samsung Spinpoint and Seagate Barracuda are the ones people rave about, and they also tend to be slightly cheaper than the WD Caviar line. I don't think it's the end of the world if you go with the WD, though.

    I prefer Arctic Silver for thermal paste; have never had bad results with it. Other brands, sometimes good, sometimes not so good.

    I would not spend $130 on a case; plenty that will do the job in the $50-$75 range, though this is really a matter of personal preference on how big you want your machine to be and how you want it to look.
  2. I don't see any good reason to get the 932 over the 922, as the 932 just has an extra harddrive bay, nothing more. The 932 even lacks dust filters, which isn't true of the 922.

    +1 to changing to a Samsung or Seagate 500GB harddrive. These use single platters, which is an advantage, while the WD does not.

    If I was in your position I would get this RAM instead, it is slightly cheaper and is faster due to the tighter timings. The only possible reason to get slower Dominators is the possibility that you could OC them a lot more than XMSs and I'm not even saying that's true or what will/would happen. CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) CMX6GX3M3C1600C7 7-8-7-20 1.65V $197. Altho you can get this set a lot cheaper on newegg: Altho again if you were buying from newegg this would be the set to get: G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI 7-8-7-24 1.5V $160 ($10 shipping).

    I also think getting your motherboard from newegg (if possible) would be a good idea, as you can get a more recent motherboard for a slight saving: ASUS P6X58D-E $250
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