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New Gaming set up under $1500

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October 23, 2010 4:08:12 PM

Hi there,

I'm looking at putting together a new comp for gaming purposes. Here is what I have come up with so far, but would appreciate any feed back on how I might be able to swap a few things around for more bang for buck.

Galaxy GeForce GTX460 GC PCI-E 2.0 1GB DDR5 256-bit Video Card - $290.40
http://www.galaxytech.com/en/productview.aspx?id=306

ASRock P55-EXTREME4 LGA1156, 4xDDR3, 2xPCIE, RAID - $179
http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P55%20Extre...


G.Skill GS-F3-16000CL9D-4GBTDD DDR3-2000 4GB Dual Channel [Trident] F3-16000CL9D-4GBTDD x2 - $274.68
http://www.gskill.com/products.php?index=253

OCZ Vertex Series 60GB 2.5" SSD, SATA, MLC (OCZSSD2-1VTX60G) - $138
http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/solid_state_drive...


Core i5 760 2.8GHz, 4 Cores, 4 Threads, Turbo Boost to 3.33 GHz - $218
http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=48496

Hunkey X7 900W 80 Plus Silver Modular PSU - $169
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

NZXT PHANTOM BLACK FULL TOWER W / O PSU COMPUTER CASE - $181
http://www.skycomp.com.au/item/NZXT-PHANTOM-BLACK-FULL-...

Would like to run two video cards in a SLI configuration at a later date. However is 8 Gb ram over kill? Would I get away with 4 GB for now and then look at upgrading another 4 GB later?

Also if I am planning on running two cards does that mean I would need a minimum of 900W as the minimum requirement for each card is 450W?

Would be willing to swap out any components that would give me a performance increase within the same sort of budget

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October 23, 2010 6:20:41 PM

Have you considered the new 6850s or 6870s instead of the 460?
If you drop down to a better priced set of ram say $90-$140 priced ranged you could buy 2 6870s and crossfire at the start for the same price.
Plus the 68xx series do not require as much power so can drop the power supply down to around a 750W without any worries.
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October 24, 2010 6:03:00 AM

Does anyone know of a I5 mother board with triple channel ram slots?
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October 24, 2010 2:35:48 PM

Hmm I think I am happy with this build. But not sure if any of the hardware will conflict?

Intel Core i5 760
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

NZXT Lexa S Mid Tower Case
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

ASRock P55-Extreme4 Motherboard
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

CoolIT ECO A.L.C. CPU Cooler
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Sony AD7240SGB 24X SATA DVDRW OEM
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

G.Skill Trident F3-16000CL9D-4GBTDD (2x2GB) DDR3 x2
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB WD1002FAEX
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 470 Super Overclock Edition
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

OCZ Fatal1ty Series 750W Modular
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

That would come to around $1494 if they can price match a few things.
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