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First build / Gaming / ~$700 / Need advice / Black friday deals?

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November 14, 2010 7:04:53 PM

I don't know if I should wait for the black friday/cyber monday deals considering the build I have set for myself.

I also need opinions on this build. Thanks.

Samsung SpinPoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB SATA2 7200rpm 32MB Hard Drive $54.99


Intel Core i7-950 3.06GHz $199.99

ASUS P7P55D-E LX LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $119.99 MIR

EVGA 768-P3-1360-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 $149.99 MIR

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $64.99

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $59.99

TOTAL: $719.84

Also, I'm planning on the 768mb version of the 460 because the res on my monitor is 1440x900. I don't really plan on upgrading this.

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November 15, 2010 3:16:27 PM

Myself, I'd stay with the Intel Build.
Would recommend changing ram to CL7, if you can string for an extra 20/30 bucks - Don't think it buys a lot in terms of performance gain, but if you do a mild OC, it's woth it..

ie 1600 - CL7 @ 1.35 Volts

I have very simular build (Gigabyte UD4P) using Ripjaw 1600 Cl7 @ 1.6 V (Believe discontinued/replaced with CL6. They also had CL7 @1.65V which I bought to pair up with the 1.6 V and the 1.65 V runs fine at the 1.60 level (in it's profile it shows 1.60)

added - Didn't see in your build a 3rd party HSF (Stock intel HSF, while it works, it is at the bottem of the heap in effectiveness) would add another 30 bucks, BUT saves time and hassle if you later want to switch it out.
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November 16, 2010 12:37:38 AM

Changed to an i7 950 because I found this ridiculous deal.

I'm not sure about my motherboard or power supply now. Really need advice.
November 16, 2010 2:44:23 AM

gkay09 said:
^ Even though you get the CPU cheap, but the overall platform cost would be higher...
Mobo options -


And also for gaming the i7 wouldn't have any advantage over the i5

I realized the title is misleading. I won't exactly be using this JUST for gaming. Video editing, live streaming, broadcasting from a studio, and basically doing a LOT of things at once. I run a small studio that needs to handle high quality streaming.

I'll probably go with the GIGABYTE mobo. Is 6GB of RAM really necessary today?
November 16, 2010 2:53:40 AM

^ Ohh, then the i7s are fine...

As for the RAM, 4GB has kind of become a standard nowadays as many applications take advantage of the additional RAM and the reason to go with 6GB(3RAM sticks) is to take advantage of the i7 has Tri-Channel memory controller...

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November 16, 2010 3:16:46 AM

Gigabyte X58, but other brands probably just as good.
Budget board (Has usb 3, but no Sata 6 (Sata 6 ONLY need for SATA 6 SSDs, But then Sata 3 SSds are pretty damn good).
Sounds good, But has a high juk rateing

Your PSU is great, and is large enough.

Ram, 6 gigs - concur. x55 uses 2 sticks/ddr3 in daul channel mode. x58 use 3 sticks/ddr3 in tri-channel mode (Not a big diff in performance.
November 16, 2010 3:59:37 AM

oo i have same build except im going for asus 790x evo with phenom x2 555 or 955 and a nzxt gamma classic case and msi 5770 radeon i have combo with psu n mobo the total is around $550 after MI
November 18, 2010 9:23:02 PM

Same boat here, 1st computer I am going to build myself for the coming holidays- EVEN going to Micro center just for the processor, for video card I would at the least upgrade to

GTX 460- $180:
ATI 5770- $145:

with 1gig for memory.

and this for a good deal on MOBO

$120 (Must buy by DEC 1st for 40 dollar rebate)

Other than that I got nada.

Is it true though the Core i5 is = Core i7 for gaming?

And I dont quite grasp the utility for picking the right mobo, so if there is any advice for me please do tell.
November 29, 2010 2:03:39 AM

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November 29, 2010 5:34:32 AM

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