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December 2010 Computer Build Help

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November 23, 2010 8:08:15 AM

I'm going to build a gaming pc next month but I'm stumped on how much RAM I need and what brand makes quality RAM, also, I know the Asus Rampage III Formula is a solid motherboard but I feel I could go a little cheaper and a little better.

Here is my gaming rig so far:
i7 950

HIS 6970 (when it comes out next month hopefully)

Antec 902 case

Seagate 500gb HDD

ThermalTake Frio

Corsair TX650 power supply

Please tell me how I could improve on the build and whether I've missing anything aside from the motherboard, RAM and optical drives.

P.S: Could anyone in Melbourne, Australia recommend a computer parts store.

THANKS
November 23, 2010 10:42:51 AM

Well, I'm not gonna link you to some Aussie store, but I'll tell you which parts are nice

Do you need an i7? An i5-750/760 does great for gaming, and the i7 won't give you a boost in gaming at all practically, a few FPS at most.

4 GB of DDR3 RAM will be enough, and if you want my recommendation, get this kit right here, it's G.Skill which is a great brand, it's their Ripjaws series which has a great look, price and heat dissipating design, it has a low CAS Latency (CL) which is definitely something you want for gaming and more:

G.Skill Ripjaws (2 x 2GB) DDR3 @ 1333 MHz CL7 - http://goo.gl/hLMJT

That 6970 will be pricey, so you prob wanna use the money you save from the i7 to i5 on the GPU :)  That GPU will kick some butt :) 

I love Corsair, I have a 750TX myself, but right now XFX Modular PSU is a GREAT deal, it's modular which gives you better airflow and better cable management, the price is great, it's efficiency is up to 88% and it's 80+ SILVER certified, has a 5 yr warranty, and the standard approvals a PSU should have and it can be found here:

XFX Black Edition 750W - http://goo.gl/NmGlu

For a case, I'd recommend:

NZXT Lexa S - http://goo.gl/9P8AY
Cooler Master HAF 912 - http://goo.gl/12K0K

I'll leave the mobo alone, not super educated on them atm

For optical drives, here you go ^^

CD/DVD Burner List - http://goo.gl/U8xnG

Hope I helped, let me know if I can do anything else
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