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October 27, 2010 9:17:27 PM

Gaming Build, Feel Free to Add or Change any Parts that May be Incompatible, or to much for a Gaming System, Also Feel Free to add to what is left blank or add a suggestion or a down grade.
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Computer Case - 150$
Cooler Master HAF 932 Blue
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Processor - 260$
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T(3.2GHz)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Ram - 180$
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (4x2GB) DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Hard Drive - 80$
Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Graphics - 240$
ATI Radeon HD 6870 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Power Supply:150$
XFX Black Edition 850w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Motherboard - XXX$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
---> Please choose a AMD Quad or Six core Compatible Motherboard or Suggest One <---
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Solid State Drive - XXX$
---> Suggest One ? <---
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Optical Drive - XXX $
---> Suggest One ? <---
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Questions
#1 - Should i use a Quad-Core CPU for Gaming or a SIX-Core CPU?
#2 - Is a 850w Power Supply enough, and is my selected Compatible?
#3 - Should i add any other parts that i missed, or that are good for Gaming?
#4 - Is a Solid State Drive really worth it, or Useful?
#5 - Suggest a good CPU Cooler possibly?
#6 - Should i add more Fans, Yes or No?
#7 - " ADD OR SAY WHAT YOU PLEASE "

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October 27, 2010 9:40:24 PM
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Hey Kingxpaul,

I just built my first computer this year and have built 6 since then. Its fun for sure picking your parts.

You don't need a six core for your cpu get a AMD 970. I have the 955, works great. Games only use up to 3 cores usually. Lots of games only use 2. Six cores is for people who are producing film, Music or photography.

You dont need to get 8 gigs of Ram. You want to get 4 GBs of ram that will run at 1600 with a latency no higher than 7 or 8(Go 7). There are a few kits on New Egg that fit the bill. Again the only people that use ore than 4 gigs are people pushing huge amounts of data with photo, video editing software.

Your power supply is totaly overkill for your needs. But I like it. You never know what you might add in the future, so what the heck do it right the first time. I have a 750W supply and I'm glad I do because I just crossfired my GPU's and added another hard drive.

Just got my SSD last week! AWSOME!!! Can't say enough about what a great upgrade this is. Got the Phoenix Pro 60GB. Get the SSD with the money you will save by lowering your RAM and CPU prices. Try to get 100-120 GB's of space though. I bought 60 and am kicking myself. Windows 7 take half of it. The other half fits 2 games. Not good! For a second drive the Caviar black is great in 1 or 1.5 TB versions for all your stuff.

Don't buy a CPU cooler yet. Since you are just building for the first time you probably won't get stupid with overclocking yet anyway! Once you get comfatorable down the road you can add this part. The stock cooler is kind of Meh, but will do the job and with a 965 or 970 you don't need to overclock.

Get a good motherboard with the 890fx chipset on it. The 890fx has the best longevity right now I think as it is new and is the enthusiast chipset for AMD. You also want to be sure your mother board supports crossfired card with 16X and 16X. Dont buy one that is 16X and 4X. Its not a huge drop in frames per second, but will make a diffrence if you crossfire down the road.

Anyway thats my 2 cents, just make sure you read all the details on the adds especially with the motherboard and the RAM. A lot of ram is specific to certain set-ups that might not be yours. Just remember dual channel not triple. It sucks sending stuff back to Newegg.

Have a good time!
October 27, 2010 9:44:38 PM

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October 27, 2010 10:47:11 PM

Shane, thanks for your reply it helped a lot, i'm wondering if i should get the hard drive i listed along with a SSD please reply when you can thanks, paul. "AND what exactly does a ssd do i never have had one."
shane799 said:
Hey Kingxpaul,

I just built my first computer this year and have built 6 since then. Its fun for sure picking your parts.

You don't need a six core for your cpu get a AMD 970. I have the 955, works great. Games only use up to 3 cores usually. Lots of games only use 2. Six cores is for people who are producing film, Music or photography.

You dont need to get 8 gigs of Ram. You want to get 4 GBs of ram that will run at 1600 with a latency no higher than 7 or 8(Go 7). There are a few kits on New Egg that fit the bill. Again the only people that use ore than 4 gigs are people pushing huge amounts of data with photo, video editing software.

Your power supply is totaly overkill for your needs. But I like it. You never know what you might add in the future, so what the heck do it right the first time. I have a 750W supply and I'm glad I do because I just crossfired my GPU's and added another hard drive.

Just got my SSD last week! AWSOME!!! Can't say enough about what a great upgrade this is. Got the Phoenix Pro 60GB. Get the SSD with the money you will save by lowering your RAM and CPU prices. Try to get 100-120 GB's of space though. I bought 60 and am kicking myself. Windows 7 take half of it. The other half fits 2 games. Not good! For a second drive the Caviar black is great in 1 or 1.5 TB versions for all your stuff.

Don't buy a CPU cooler yet. Since you are just building for the first time you probably won't get stupid with overclocking yet anyway! Once you get comfatorable down the road you can add this part. The stock cooler is kind of Meh, but will do the job and with a 965 or 970 you don't need to overclock.

Get a good motherboard with the 890fx chipset on it. The 890fx has the best longevity right now I think as it is new and is the enthusiast chipset for AMD. You also want to be sure your mother board supports crossfired card with 16X and 16X. Dont buy one that is 16X and 4X. Its not a huge drop in frames per second, but will make a diffrence if you crossfire down the road.

Anyway thats my 2 cents, just make sure you read all the details on the adds especially with the motherboard and the RAM. A lot of ram is specific to certain set-ups that might not be yours. Just remember dual channel not triple. It sucks sending stuff back to Newegg.

Have a good time!

October 28, 2010 5:28:44 AM

Get a Corsair F series or an OCZ Vertex II series SSD. The 60 Gb versions should retail around $100 while the 120 GB should be double.
They are built on the sandforce controller and provide the best read/write speeds on the market at the moment.

PS
SSD = solid state drive = a hard disk with flash chips (like the USB keys have), except the SSD's have higher speeds, faster access times... basically if you want to feel like your PC is flying, install windows on a SSD and use conventional hard disks for storage.
October 28, 2010 2:50:50 PM

Hey Paul,

I personally chose the Phoenix Pro Series. It was that or the Vortex 2. Both use the same sandhurst controller. The Vortex has been proven to write a little faster, but on Newegg the Vortex 2 has a huge failure rate compared tot he Phoenix. I dislike things braking on me. Nothing worse than losing your data. I think with a hardrive reliabiltiy beats out raw speed any day.

My opinion.
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