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November 6, 2010 3:50:49 PM

I'm about to order the following parts to build my gaming PC. Would like to order it by the end of the day, but figured I'd run it by some experts here first.

Any advice?

Thanks!

Case: Antec 300
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-P55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Corsair CMPSU-650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel i7 870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: XFX Radeon 6870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: 8GB (4x2GB) Corsair Ripjaw 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: 500GB Spinpoint F3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical: ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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November 6, 2010 3:52:06 PM

Also - my budget is about a grand. This all comes to just above that.

Thanks again.
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November 6, 2010 4:37:18 PM

looks good to me!
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November 6, 2010 4:55:21 PM

Yeah looks good. If you wanted to save some money could cut RAM back to 4GB and purchase the 2x2GB package for $64.99 (4GB is plenty usually), or buy two of the 2x2GB for about $130 instead of $140 for the 4x2GB package you picked here. Could save few bucks haha.

2x2GB G.Skill:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 6, 2010 5:56:08 PM

Get a 1 TB HDD, it's barely anything more for 2x the space

The RAM yea Id go with 4 GB, if you game, might wanna look for the black G.Skill Ripjaws with a CAS Latency of 7, they're $80 atm at 1333 MHz, you can up that if 1600 is a big deal to you

Also, spend a teeny bit more and get an NZXT Lexa S, you're gonna like it... I got mine yest and it made me lose my virginity
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November 6, 2010 6:32:28 PM

Not really into fancy looking gaming cases - I'm a discrete geek.

You think that 8GB is too much? I really don't mind spending the extra to keep the machine running smooth down the line. And are the Ripjaws that much better?

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November 6, 2010 7:42:02 PM

hlliw said:
Not really into fancy looking gaming cases - I'm a discrete geek.

You think that 8GB is too much? I really don't mind spending the extra to keep the machine running smooth down the line. And are the Ripjaws that much better?

8gb is too much but it can be used for some things like 7-zip extreme compression.You could get by with 4gb easily though.But why get the i7 870?Why not get the i5 750?If you will only use the pc for gaming then it is mor than enough.Even for video encoding it is blazing fast as I can render a 10minute 1080p video in barely 10 minutes with my i5 750 at stock.
For the psu,check this out.It's modularity is useful to keep your case organized.
Finally I suggest you get this mobo as it has crossfire x8/x8 support and it is one of the choices I didn't make and regret when I built my own rig.
That's all.;p
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November 6, 2010 7:48:01 PM

BeCoolBro said:
8gb is too much but it can be used for some things like 7-zip extreme compression.You could get by with 4gb easily though.But why get the i7 870?Why not get the i5 750?If you will only use the pc for gaming then it is mor than enough.Even for video encoding it is blazing fast as I can render a 10minute 1080p video in barely 10 minutes with my i5 750 at stock.
For the psu,check this out.It's modularity is useful to keep your case organized.
Finally I suggest you get this mobo as it has crossfire x8/x8 support and it is one of the choices I didn't make and regret when I built my own rig.
That's all.;p


I'd stick to Seasonic, Corsair, or XFX for PSU's..
but I agree with the i5 750 and thats a good mobo he listed.
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November 6, 2010 8:46:01 PM

Is that mobo $40 better than the Gigabyte I have listed?

What i'm doing with the i7 and the 8GB of ram is preventing myself from having to upgrade down the line. I usually sell machines before I upgrade them. I imagine one day the i7 and RAM will come in handy.

Thoughts?

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November 6, 2010 8:52:19 PM

What about dropping to an i5 and 4GB of RAM and upgrading the GPU?
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November 6, 2010 9:05:07 PM

hlliw said:
What about dropping to an i5 and 4GB of RAM and upgrading the GPU?

+1
I have had a list for a build I was going to buy that was an i7 950 build, then switched it to a amd phenom II x4 955BE build. just from changing the mobo,CPU, and not needing triple channel ram saved me enough money that I was able to add to the Phenom build: Another Radeon 6870, Tighter timings on my RAM (Cas 7), extra +100 volts on a psu + modular, and a bigger SSD.
and gaming is more GPU dependent than CPU dependent (as long as the CPU doesn't bottleneck you.)
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November 6, 2010 9:40:19 PM

Yeah - okay.

New Mobo = ASUS P7P55D-E
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

New RAM = 2 x 2GB G.Skill Ripjaw 1600 (CAS 7) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

New GPU = 2 x HIS Radeon 6850 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

NEW CPU = Intel i5 760
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Improved! What else?

I would increase the HDD to 1TB but I never have been able to come close to even 500GB.
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November 6, 2010 10:08:50 PM

hlliw said:
Yeah - okay.

New Mobo = ASUS P7P55D-E
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

New RAM = 2 x 2GB G.Skill Ripjaw 1600 (CAS 7) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

New GPU = 2 x HIS Radeon 6850 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

NEW CPU = Intel i5 760
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Improved! What else?

I would increase the HDD to 1TB but I never have been able to come close to even 500GB.


Are you planning to OC? i5's are fantastic OC'ers.
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November 6, 2010 10:18:03 PM

Not necessarily - either way I'm throwing in an extra case fan (that'll be one back, one top, and one side).

I don't think I'll need much more than 2.8GHz TBH.

I'm about to order - what do you think?

Thanks again.
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November 6, 2010 11:03:56 PM

Looks good. But if you do plan to OC, getting to 4GHz on a i5 960 is easy but You'd have to buy a aftermarket CPU cooler.
But if your leaving stock then everything is good to go.
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November 6, 2010 11:09:02 PM

Thanks a lot, Vindictive. :) 
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