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Building my first Gaming PC

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November 17, 2010 6:16:05 PM

I've been trying a variety of different builds and need advice on this current one.

I'm from Canada so I'll be using, my budget is ~2000$ and the system will mainly be used for gaming (Black ops, SC2, Crysis).

My monitor's resolution is 1920x1200 and I plan on overclocking the computer.

Current Build:

Case: Antec 1200 Black Steel

Power Supply: Antec CP-850

MOBO: ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0

CPU: Intel Core i7-950

HD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s

OS: Windows 7 Pro 64 Bit

Drive: ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X

Video Card: EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 (Probably getting 8gigs)

SSD: Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1

Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212

This current build is under 2k (at 1950$). Does it look optimal for my budget and needs?


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November 17, 2010 7:03:41 PM

System looks good, but I do have a few suggestions.

First off, get rid of the Western Digital HDD and get a 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3

Secondly you need to have at least 6GB of DDR-1600. G-SKill is great, just either get a 3x2GB setup or a 2x4GB setup of that DDR3-1600.

everything else looks good.
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November 17, 2010 7:10:25 PM

go with 3x2GB - the i7 works faster in that way
November 17, 2010 7:17:01 PM

edit: i entered wrong cpu - you are fine with the i7950 ;) 
with mobo Gigabyte X58A-UD3R, X58, LGA1366, DDR3, 3xPCI-E(SLi/CF), SB7.1 Dolby, Lan1000, SATA RAID 0,1,5,10, 2xSATA 6Gb/s, 2xUSB3.0, 3x1394, ATX