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[New Build] Gaming PC

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October 18, 2010 5:01:42 AM

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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October 18, 2010 5:16:32 AM

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 :
October 18, 2010 7:18:58 AM

I'd get this memory it's DDR3-1600 CAS 7 latency and made by Mushkin which is a really good brand.
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October 18, 2010 8:06:21 AM

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.

October 18, 2010 7:19:22 PM

^ Nice catch - I missed the 768 . . . need a 1G 460. Its not just more memory, in this specific case the board is actually faster.
October 19, 2010 2:11:57 AM

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.
October 19, 2010 2:24:12 AM

If this is for gaming it would be done better with an i5+P55 mobo+4GB of ram.
October 19, 2010 3:17:15 AM

Really? Mind if I ask for the explanation behind it? Would that setup have a longer "shelf-life" per se? Thanks for the post.
October 19, 2010 3:40:38 AM

Hmm.. something i'll have to think about and look into. thanks again.
October 19, 2010 5:33:34 PM

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.

CASE : COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP [...] 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


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 [...] 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.
October 19, 2010 6:56:29 PM

That RAM is DDR3-1333 you want the DDR3-1600 CAS 7 that I linked like 7 posts ago
October 19, 2010 7:32:32 PM

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.
October 19, 2010 9:11:16 PM

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.
October 20, 2010 1:41:57 AM

Meaning you can manully set the RAM at 1600
October 20, 2010 2:36:33 PM

Ok. thanks for enlightening me. :D