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November 25, 2010 11:52:55 PM

This is my first build and I only have three parts at the moment and do not know what to look at next. What I can say is that I am looking for a high end gaming rig. When I say high end I am not suggesting anything too extreme.

So far this is what I am buying.....

i7-970
Windows 7 Ultimate
Antec 1200

These three so far have cost me a little over $400. If anyone knows what I should look at next, I look forward to your advice.

Oh and price....well I'll probably be spending around 1200-1500.

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November 25, 2010 11:55:18 PM

Before a purchase over 1.2k is made I suggest you wait for Sandy Bridge that will be available on Jan 9th.
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November 26, 2010 12:01:32 AM

Okay. Well what is a Sandy Bridge and the thing is I'm buying the i7-970 next month because it's a steal. Also, I'm pretty sure I lack the sense of knowing what 1.2k does for a computer build and if it's causing me to build something too extreme.
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November 26, 2010 12:04:43 AM

Now that thats out of the way.
The cpu is overkill for gaming and should use the money on a gpu.

Gtx 510 - $510

i5 760 - $180 today on egg.

Asus p7p55d-e Pro - $180

Antec CP-1000 - $150

DF-85 - $180

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1tb - $70

Scythe SCMG-2100 (Scythe Mugen-2) - $40

G.Skill Ripjaw DDR3 1600 C9 4GB (2x2GB) x2 = $100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any sata dvd burner/reader - $20

W7 home edition oem - $85 on newegg today (switch to whatever version you want)

= $1445 add a SSD later.
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November 26, 2010 12:05:52 AM

jeffrey90 said:
Okay. Well what is a Sandy Bridge and the thing is I'm buying the i7-970 next month because it's a steal. Also, I'm pretty sure I lack the sense of knowing what 1.2k does for a computer build and if it's causing me to build something too extreme.


SB is intel's new socket lga 1155
read this: http://www.anandtech.com/show/3871/the-sandy-bridge-pre...
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November 26, 2010 12:07:37 AM

vindictive I'm sorry I'm being so blunt. let me fill you in completely on my situation.

Reason I'm buying the i7-970 it's for $215
Windows 7 Ultimate Retail I already have which I paid $15
Antec 1200 which I'm looking at is for $160 at newegg

So anything else to get this guy completed is what I'm looking forward to. Oh and thanks for your advice.
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November 26, 2010 12:21:53 AM

And everything will fit together? My friends have told me that the processor size needs to fit exactly with the motherboard. And you're the expert at the moment, is the case you suggested better than what I had put up?

The mobo X58 is extremely nice, I was in fact looking for that USB 3.0 which it has. (NICE)
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November 26, 2010 12:30:14 AM

its not a proc. size, its the socket. lga 1336. so yes it fits the x58 sabertooth.

In my opinion yes, case is mostly about personal preference and appeal.

and yes it all fits together, lga 1336 uses triple channel ram so be sure to get a triple channel kit. 6gb.
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November 26, 2010 12:38:07 AM

Damn awesome. Well looks like everything is set. I'm still open for more suggestions in case others would like to reply.
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November 26, 2010 12:42:27 AM

BTW are there any bigger cases than the ones we've talked about?
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November 26, 2010 1:20:07 AM

haf-x,df-85,antec 1200 are about the same size. btw make sure if you go with the DF-85 to get the PSU picked in the same post up above.
if you use a different case get the 2nd psu I listed in a different post.
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November 26, 2010 4:04:01 AM

Okay thanks.
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November 26, 2010 4:29:30 AM

As for the RAM for the sabertooth.....what am I looking at exactly?
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November 26, 2010 1:18:27 PM

^yup
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November 27, 2010 5:35:13 AM

od? sorry for being so bad at the lingo
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November 27, 2010 5:55:26 AM

Best answer selected by jeffrey90.
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November 27, 2010 7:59:01 AM

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