[New Build] Gaming PC

Hello All,

I was wondering about your advice on a new PC i'm going to be building. I haven't built one in a while and just wanted to make sure everything checks out. I'm pretty sure there shouldn't be any conflicts but it never hurts to ask just to be sure. thanks in advance.

Budget is around 1100or 1200ish and will primarily be used for gaming. Parts are listed below.


MOBO: ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58

GPU : EVGA 768-P3-1360-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB

PSU : SeaSonic X650 Gold 650W

CPU : Core i7-930

CPU HEATSINK : I am most likely considering a TRUE.

RAM : CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

HDD : Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM

Thank you again for your help.

EDIT : I haven't posted in sometime so I forgot to mention it'd be preferred to be quieter and I will only be building the tower, no peripherals required.
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  1. Good build. Suggestions for you to consider:

    Faster memory, same price:


    Nice case, but if you want even quieter, check out this case. The air flow/cooling is so good vid card fans don't spin up as high to keep cool:


    You can google up many good reviews on this case . . . as well as the Haf series.

    True's a good cooler, but has been bested if you want the top-gun air cooler, check:


    Alternatively, can save money if you are not max OCing :

  2. I'd get this memory it's DDR3-1600 CAS 7 latency and made by Mushkin which is a really good brand.
  3. Quote:
    Budget is around 1100or 1200ish and will primarily be used for gaming

    All that $$ and just a 768MB/GTX 460? Sounds to me like u hitting big in the wrong places @@

    The Game Rundown: Finding CPU/GPU Bottlenecks, Part 2
    Conclusion: A Trend Toward 3+ Cores

    The average optimal number of CPU cores suggested by the test results is 2.75, showing a clear trend towards at least three CPU cores.The question of whether the CPU or GPU is most important is easily answered. If you don't have a multi-core CPU, then upgrade it. If you have a dual-core CPU at around 3 GHz, then invest your money into a graphics card, as most games are GPU-limited. This is not something that will change with new DirectX 11 games.
  4. ^ Nice catch - I missed the 768 . . . need a 1G 460. Its not just more memory, in this specific case the board is actually faster.
  5. Thanks for all the replies and input. Also, sorry for the late post. I haven't really been up to date in cards lately, so I'll consider bumping up to the 1Gb; It's probably unnecessary but we'll see. I won't be OC'ing the machine at all so i'll most likely go with the cheaper heatsink as well. I'll try to update you when i have a more concrete decision. thanks again.
  6. If this is for gaming it would be done better with an i5+P55 mobo+4GB of ram.
  7. Really? Mind if I ask for the explanation behind it? Would that setup have a longer "shelf-life" per se? Thanks for the post.
  8. Hmm.. something i'll have to think about and look into. thanks again.
  9. -edit- I think i'm going to get an i5 760, upgrade the card, and then swap out a board and memory to match. Thoughts?

    CPU http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0341729

    GPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130571

    Any suggestions for the Mobo and Ram to match? If i did decide to switch to the i5, would that require me to get 8GB? or do you think i could pass with 4.
  10. Hello All,

    I believe i've come to a final decision for the set up. The parts are listed below for any input you'd like to add. Thanks again for all your support and help.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119160

    MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX

    GPU : EVGA 01G-P3-1372-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16

    PSU : SeaSonic X650 Gold 650W

    CPU : Core i5 760

    : COOLER MASTER Hyper 212

    RAM : Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

    HDD : Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136218

    DVD : Pretty Standard Lite-On DVD burner

    -edit- It will also be running windows 7x64 pro. Don't think that should make a difference though.
  11. Very nice, high-quality build. The sole exception is the HD - please consider this one, still the fastest and a value as well:

  12. That RAM is DDR3-1333 you want the DDR3-1600 CAS 7 that I linked like 7 posts ago
  13. The only reason i chose different memory is because on NewEgg the new Mobo lists the memory standard as DDR3 2200/1333/1066/800. I didn't see 1600, so is that irrelevant? Also, does the RAM you specified come in 2x2GB kit?

    I'll most likely switch the HD for more space as well per Twoboxers suggestion. Thanks.
  14. The reason it's listed like that is because the Jedec specs only allow speeds up to 1333, but the board has been tested at up to 2200.
  15. Meaning you can manully set the RAM at 1600
  16. Ok. thanks for enlightening me. :D
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