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November 25, 2010 7:38:59 PM

Hello! Recently i really needed a new gaming PC. I looked at buying one from AlienWare, but they're too expensive. I looked at some custom builders, like iBUYPOWER, but they do not have a good variety of components for the PC. So i thought i'd build my own. Here's the stuff i chose so far:
Motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... , also i'm planning to buy 2 of those, to use crossfire.

cooling unit - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

CD/DVD-ROM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I already have a mouse, keyboard, and a monitor. So my main question is, does all that stuff fit together? Will the motherboard support the cpu, ram, gpu? What about crossfire? Should i use it or should i buy one gpu for now and upgrade if needed? Also, any tips to shave off a few bucks? this comes out at 1,660 or so, but my preferred price would be around $1,600. Finally, im planning to overclock this thing, so what about cooling. Is this enough or should i get more? Will everything fit in the case? Sorry for so many questions :D 
Thanks in advance for your help.

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a b 4 Gaming
November 26, 2010 6:26:33 AM

Hello and welcome to the forums
It looks a great config and yes the motherboard supports the CPU,RAM,VGA and both SLI/CF.
If you are going to OC,then consider another RAM with CL8/CL7 timings.Also consider a 32MB cache HDD instead of 16MB.
And for the case,have a look at CoolerMaster HAF 932(If you need a full tower case)or HAF 922(if you need a mid-tower case),they're both better and have better cooling system.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 26, 2010 6:57:40 AM

Good choice on the CF 6870's, I hear they scale very, very well. What resolution do you game with? You might be ok with 1, but if you have the currency, you'll be glad you went with two.

I'd choose something other than the HD you have picked out, as it's an enterprise drive, and you'll be paying for features a consumer doesn't really need. I'd go for either the Seagate Barracuda, the Samsung F3, or the WD Caviar Black. All very fast, efficient, reliable, and less than 1/2 the price :) 

The RAM you picked out isn't on the supported list, but should be ok. I might lean towards Corsair RAM since it's always been very, very good for me.

Good luck, and have fun!!


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November 26, 2010 6:44:19 PM

My resolution is 1920 x 1080 , 85 Hz , 21 in.
I looked at some different HDD's, and i think this one looks good:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

as for the case, since i'm really concerned about cooling, i went for the HAF 932:


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

a bit more expensive, but worth it i think.

Looked at some RAM with better timing, and as you guys suggested, i went with Corsair:

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

as i understand, 7-8-7-20 means the timing is CL7 or something like that, right? Its speed is a bit slower, 1600 MHz , but i can probably OC it a bit if i ever need it, and if its timing is lower then i guess it should be faster.
Thanks for your help guys.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 27, 2010 2:15:08 AM

3 great choices, I'd say.
a b 4 Gaming
November 27, 2010 8:05:18 AM

Yes,they're all great.
And yes,those timings are for a CL7 RAM.
November 27, 2010 9:10:26 PM

Alright then, I'm buying all that stuff and hoping i can put it all together! Thanks for all your help!
a b B Homebuilt system
November 28, 2010 12:37:10 AM

Have fun! And, if you need any help with anything, you know where to come!
a b 4 Gaming
November 28, 2010 2:05:40 PM

Happy gaming :) 
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