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November 1, 2010 3:15:20 PM

Hello mates,

Could you please comment on this build?

CPU: Intel Core i7 950 / 3.06 GHz
CPU cooler: Zalman CNPS10X EXTREME
Mothercard: Asus Rampage III GENE - X58 - mATX
Memory: Kingston DDR3 - 1333 Mhz - 12 GB (3 x 4 GB)
GPU: Asus Geforce GTX 480 1.5GB
HDD: Name a good one? (I can't afford SSD - I do have 4x F1 Samsung 500GB in my old rig)
Cabinet: Thermaltake Level 10 Maxi Tower
PSU: Corsair 850W Professional Series
Sound: Creative X-Fi Xtreme Gamer

I got this build from a "build a custom PC" site. I dont know what kind of RAM I shall get, could any one direct me? Also, does this build have any weaknesses?


I have around $2000 to use

Thanks in advance :) 

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November 1, 2010 3:33:17 PM

Whats the build for? Just gaming? any video encoding?

HDD - Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185 - $60 right now with promo code. Fastest most commonly being used in builds right now. (its going into my build).

I wont suggest a RAM or a diff video card till you tell me what the build will be used for.
November 1, 2010 3:43:49 PM

Hey Vindictive

the PC is for gaming 90%, rest 10%
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November 1, 2010 4:39:55 PM
November 1, 2010 4:57:50 PM

I'm kninda newbie, why is i5 better than i7 for gaming?
November 1, 2010 5:15:45 PM

untamedghost said:
I'm kninda newbie, why is i5 better than i7 for gaming?

Hyperthreading doesn't do much (if any) for gaming.
and you can put the extra money into a GPU, Mobo, or PSU
November 1, 2010 6:07:31 PM

Thanks man!

If I at a later stage want to upgrarde to an i7 CPU, would it be adviceble to buy this mobo: Asus Maximus III Extreme - P55 - ATX now right away ?

And if that mobo is good, would the RAM you mentioned above fit, or would there be any complications?
November 2, 2010 12:01:10 AM

I found a ASUS Maximus III Formula is that what your talking about?
and either way, i7 and i5 use a different chipset so no.

to upgrade to an i7 in the future you'd have to buy a new motherboard (lga 1336)
and then that new mobo will require triple channel RAM, RAM for i5 requires dual channel.
November 2, 2010 12:36:00 AM

allright, since it looks like I have the money (i've decided to sell all my airsoft gear and guns), I have the money for an i7. Could you list the mobo and RAM required for the Intel Core i7 950 CPU, please?

And thanks for taking time for answering my questions! :) 
November 2, 2010 12:52:04 AM

untamedghost said:
allright, since it looks like I have the money (i've decided to sell all my airsoft gear and guns), I have the money for an i7. Could you list the mobo and RAM required for the Intel Core i7 950 CPU, please?

And thanks for taking time for answering my questions! :) 


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131665&cm_re=x58_sabertooth-_-13-131-665-_-Product - $200

RAM - GI PI 6GB (3x2GB) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231335&cm_re=g.skill-_-20-231-335-_-Product $150