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$1000 Gaming System - Everything look okay?

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December 1, 2010 9:09:49 PM

Looking to build a computer for Christmas have a few weeks to look for lower prices. My first question is does everything look compatible and best bang for the buck. I am only getting one HDD, video card, leaving two slots of RAM open for future expansion.

Are there other mobo's out there that would allow for SLI/Xfire compatibility that would be cheaper?

Purchased

Power Supply
Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Currently looking at purchasing

Motherboard
Asus P7P55D-E PRO LGA 1156 P55 ATX Intel Motherboard $180
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

CPU
Intel Core i5-760 2.8GHz 8 MB LGA1156 Processor BX80605I5760 $170**
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

RAM
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL $135**
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Video Card
SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity $200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $60**
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Case
Cooler Master RC-922M-KKN1-GP HAF 922M ATX Mid Tower Case (Black) $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CD ROM
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X 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 CD/DVD Burner - Bulk -OEM $17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Headsink
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler $23
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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December 1, 2010 9:20:09 PM

Looks good and depending on the use ,you could save a few dollars and shave off 4GB of that RAM, unless you are heavy into video editing or graphics rendering, real world apps need only 4GB. Enjoy the build.
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December 1, 2010 9:26:40 PM

Good, but you can make some changes.

First get 4GB of RAM, $135 isnt a great deal for 8GB as a 4GB set is only $60, 16GB is pretty redundant as 4GB is already plenty for gaming.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would get a different 6850 also, either the $190 MSI, or the $200 DirectCu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Then, might want to consider the Lancool PC-K58, a great case for only $60; the storm scout for $70AR is a pretty good deal also:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Finally, the 212+ is $25 shipped on Amazon, no MIRs to worry about:
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ...
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December 1, 2010 9:42:20 PM

Thanks for the quick reply guys!

Question on the RAM, if I drop 2 x 2gbs now I can added 2 x 4gbs later in the other two slots correct?

Am I missing something on the video cards? I am looking at the specs and really dont see that much of a difference between the cards


As for the case, I really liked what I read about the airflow/cooling of the a HAF cases. Would there be a considerable drop of in the other cases mentioned?

Thanks in advance!
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December 1, 2010 9:57:08 PM

slpdude said:
Thanks for the quick reply guys!

Question on the RAM, if I drop 2 x 2gbs now I can added 2 x 4gbs later in the other two slots correct?

Am I missing something on the video cards? I am looking at the specs and really dont see that much of a difference between the cards


As for the case, I really liked what I read about the airflow/cooling of the a HAF cases. Would there be a considerable drop of in the other cases mentioned?

Thanks in advance!

With the 4GB, you can drop another 8GB for 12GB. But its pretty unlikely that you will ever need to.

On the GPU, the performance is the same, its just the DirectCU has a much better cooler, while the MSI is $10 cheaper.
you can read more here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6850-eah6...

The HAF has decent airflow, but the other 2 isn't that much worse, albeit slightly smaller as the 922 is a jumbo Mid-tower. The parts you selected doesn't run very hot anyways and all three cases have a plethora of fans, so I doubt you'll notice a difference.

However, if you like the HAF look alot, I would also recommend the $60 HAF912, literally a smaller 922 and it should still gobble up everything fine. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 1, 2010 10:33:18 PM

Timop said:
With the 4GB, you can drop another 8GB for 12GB. But its pretty unlikely that you will ever need to.

On the GPU, the performance is the same, its just the DirectCU has a much better cooler, while the MSI is $10 cheaper.
you can read more here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6850-eah6...

The HAF has decent airflow, but the other 2 isn't that much worse, albeit slightly smaller as the 922 is a jumbo Mid-tower. The parts you selected doesn't run very hot anyways and all three cases have a plethora of fans, so I doubt you'll notice a difference.

However, if you like the HAF look alot, I would also recommend the $60 HAF912, literally a smaller 922 and it should still gobble up everything fine. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks again Tim,

I will take your advice and go with one of those other cases, the 912 only comes with one fan versus three in the other options so I'll rule that one out.

As for the video card I will take a look at the ASUS or the Powercolor due to it coming with a game.

One last question for you, any other cheaper Mobo's out there that would still support the SLI/Xfire video cards that you'd recommend cheaper than $180?
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December 14, 2010 7:11:00 PM

So I've changed my system up quite a bit over the last week. The biggest change was Micro Center had the I7 950 on sale for $199, at this price point I decided to go with this over the I5 760.


Core i7-950 3.06GHz Boxed Processor $200

ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $160

My question comes back to RAM. I am aware that I need to go with a triple channel kit, still looking at 1600 but am having some difficulty deciding on the best RAM for the buck.


First of all, what is even the difference between these two from G.skill I have done some reading on overall performance and these seem to keep coming up.

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


Newegg also currently has the following out there

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $71 AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $90 AR


Or anything other recommendations are more than welcome! Thanks in advance
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December 15, 2010 3:18:12 AM

bump, anyone willing to give a suggestion?
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Anonymous
December 16, 2010 12:04:02 AM

since it has got a cas latency of 7
Lower the cas latency faster the ram even if the other ones you mentioned have got same clockrates
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/26/2
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Anonymous
December 16, 2010 12:06:14 AM

An ideal ram has low cas latency and high clockrate
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