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Gaming PC - need advice/mobo

Last response: in Systems
October 11, 2010 10:09:36 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This month

Budget Range: $700-$800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: No

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050, 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'm done selecting all my parts, all I need is a motherboard. The price of everything (except mobo) right now is $604.93 after price matching and before rebates. Wondering if this is a good build, if the parts are compatible, if I should replace anything, etc.


Antec Three Hundred Mini Tower Gaming Case 300 ATX 3X5.25 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB & Audio

Corsair XMS3 CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 4GB DDR3 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL 9-9-9-24 Core i5 Dual Channel Memory Kit

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Quad Core Processor 3.2GHZ AM3 8MB Cache 125W Retail Box

Power Supply:
Antec Earthwatts 650W Power Supply ATX12V V2.2 EPS12V Active PFC 80PLUS 120MM Fan

Optical Drive:
Samsung SH-S222A/BEBE 22X Dual Layer DVD Writer Black IDE OEM

Video Card:
MSI GeForce GTX 460 Fermi Cyclone OC 725MHZ 768MB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini-HDMI DX11 PCI-E Video Card

Hard Drive:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA2 3.5IN 8.5MS 7200RPM 16MB Hard Drive OEM *3YR MFR Warranty*

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October 11, 2010 10:23:51 PM

I would consider switching to a 7200 rpm drive. The Samsung Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12 should be at a reasonable price, but it won't compete with that $40 for the 5400 rpm WD drive. It's not the end of the world if you get the 5400 rpm drive, but it is likely to be somewhat slower than the other drives mentioned.

If this ASRock Extreme3 870 mobo is available at ncix, it would be a good choice. USB 3 & SATA 6.0 Gb/s.

The GTX 460 is a good card, though if you want to upgrade, you'll need to put in a bigger/newer card, rather than going CrossFire/SLI. Assuming you're fine with that (and really, there's no reason not to be ok with that), then it's a fine card. If you want to CrossFire, I'd recommend a different mobo and going with a 5850 instead of the 460. But that might break your budget, so it's probably not the way to go.
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October 12, 2010 3:02:26 AM

CASE-Lancool PC-K58B ATX Advanced-$49.99 CAD

RAM-G.SKILL F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL8-8-8-24-$89.99

same kit as you picked but cheaper
CORSAIR XMS3 4GB CMX4GX3M2A1600C9-$87.99/$72.99 after mir

Fast ram-Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB 7-9-7-24-$91.99

CPU-AMD Phenom II X4 955 -$147.92

MOBO-Gigabyte 880GMA-UD2H - $99.50
GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H -$111.91

HDD-Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB SATA2 -$59.99
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB-$39.79

OD-Samsung SH-S223C 22X DVD Writer SATA Black OEM -$16.99

Just some suggestions and as you already know pricematch.
Good deal till the 13th $5.99 shipping for whole order.