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November 24, 2010 2:30:06 AM

Hey I'm new to this site one of my friends in college recommended it to me. My friends and I are going to build gaming rigs next semester and I have no idea what I am doing. Hopefully you guys can give me some help.

Approximate Purchase Date: February 2011

Budget Range: $1000-1500 I would rather spend around $1000 though

System Usage From Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the Internet, Movies and Music

Parts Not Required: Mouse, OS

Preferred Website for Parts: Newegg, TigerDirect, and any others you guys think are good

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: Full Tower Case

Overclocking: Maybe, I do not know much about it

SLI or Crossfire: What do you recommend? If I have enough money running 2 video cards is fine

Monitor Resolution: I'm not really sure hopefully you guys have lots of suggestions

Parts I have looked at but I do not know if it is a good build or if all the parts work together:
ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $200

Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950 $295

Video Card:
ASUS EAH6870/2DI2S/1GD5 Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity $260

NZXT Zero 2 Craft Series Full Tower Case - Steel Chassis, Quad 120mm Fans, Dual 120mm Exhaust, Top Mounted USB, Audio, eSATA $105

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C9 $115

I need some suggestions

Power Supply:
I definitely need some help with picking this

Some other things I was wondering about I just wondered what your suggestions were:

2 Terabyte Hard drive Hopefully about $100

DVD/CD Drive

Card Reader Drive


Webcam and Mic


Video capture card

Extra Fans: In the case I picked out I was thinking about putting 4 more where the vent is

What really needs to come to around $1000 is the motherboard, processor, video card, psu, DVD/CD drive, HDD, RAM, case, and monitor. The other stuff I want and would love some suggestions on but I can wait for that stuff.

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November 24, 2010 2:50:36 AM

^ Feb 2011 right ??
Then I would rather suggest you to wait before you decide on the parts...
1. CPU - Intel is going to launch newer CPUs by Jan 2nd week, so you might have better options then...

2. Video card - Both ATI and Nvidia are going to launch their newer cards too by Dec, so a lot of options then...

So first wait for these launches, later you can decide on the rest of the build, based on the deals available then...
November 30, 2010 12:37:44 AM

I'm good for waiting. Hopefully you guys will give me some more help closer to the build date.