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First Gaming Rig - $1200 Need Advice

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November 26, 2010 12:04:36 AM

Hey guys, this is my first time building a computer and want to make sure i'm buying the right stuff. How does everything look?

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible (This week sometime)
Budget Range: $1200 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Some editing/effects, web browsing

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: or

Country of Origin: US

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe later on

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Additional Comments:

ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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

Optic Drive
ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Video Card
SAPPHIRE 100281-3SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D

CPU Cooling
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler

Thanks, and Happy Thanksgiving :wahoo: 

Edit: Forgot to mention the total cost is $1174.89 on newegg

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November 26, 2010 12:33:38 AM

if you plan to Crossfire in the future get a radeon 6870.
November 26, 2010 12:37:48 AM

I probably won't be using Crossfire for awhile...first time builder and just want to keep things simple for now. The 5870 is pretty good though yeah?
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November 26, 2010 12:40:34 AM

Wow. :o  You read my mind. I put that together today lol. I already have the harddrive though and I won't be needing a cooling fan since I plan on getting the cooler master. I also might try and wait week 3 weeks for the new ati 6900 series cards, but they are probably going to break the bank. I'll probably end up with the 5870. I don't know about overclocking.

Except I'm going to try: Corsair Professional Series Gold High Performance 850-Watt Power Supply CMPSU-850AX

Cooler Master HAF 932 High Air Flow ATX Full Tower Case Black - (RC-932-KKN1-GP)

ASUS Sabertooth X58 Motherboard

I'm going to get thermal gel for the cpu also.

With the 6gb of ram, what OS are you using? I'm assuming its 64bit windows 7. Is the corsair 750 watt psu strong enough for this setup and I'm wasting my money with the 850w or should I stick with the 750w? Thats a big price difference.

November 26, 2010 12:45:18 AM

Operating System will be Windows 7 64-bit. I think the 750 W is enough but I could be completely wrong lol. Which is why i'm asking for help first
November 26, 2010 1:24:16 AM

750 is fine
November 26, 2010 1:31:46 AM

Well my biggest question is will the motherboard/cpu/ram/video card all be compatible with each other?

And will the ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler that I have be enough cooling with my tower? Or should i just use the cooler that comes with the CPU? (I hear they're not so good though)
November 26, 2010 1:33:50 AM

yea they all work.
get the hyper 212+ for $15 on the egg right now
November 26, 2010 1:35:41 AM

Is that a better option or just cheaper?
November 26, 2010 1:44:52 AM

I don't like the arctic 7.
what i would get would be the SCMG-2100 (scythe mugen-2) amazing cooler
November 26, 2010 1:47:41 AM

Alright looks like i'm all set to start ordering then. Any final notes or suggestions for me?
November 26, 2010 1:55:05 AM

Oh actually I have one more the HDD that I have going to be fast enough? Or should I get something better?

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November 26, 2010 2:01:01 AM

yes its fine.
heres what to do
samsung spinpoint f3 1tb, or yours. buy the cheaper one.
November 26, 2010 2:09:06 AM

Thanks for the help
November 26, 2010 2:09:17 AM

Best answer selected by magellen.
November 26, 2010 2:09:56 AM

np. happy building
November 26, 2010 6:20:29 AM

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