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Help with New Gaming Build - ~$1200

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December 6, 2010 2:57:43 AM

Hi,

I'm a first time builder. I've done as much research as I can and would like to ask this forum for any critiques on the build I have created. I am very new at this so I am particularly nervous that my PSU or Case are not adequate or that I am not deciding on quality products, also anything else that I just might not be thinking about at all. Please help me, I think I posted all the required information Thanks in advance for your help! I really need it!!!

Approximate Purchase Date: Quickly - next few days

Budget Range: $1000 - $1,300 including rebates, shipping, taxes

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Blizzard Suite), photo/video editing, general multimedia, TV

Parts Not Required: mouse, keyboard, speakers, DVD Drives

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: New York

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: probably not as it might be too complicated for me as a first time builder

SLI or Crossfire:

Monitor Resolution:

Additional Comments: I would like to make sure that these are all quality components. If I could save some money and still get decent parts then that would be preferable. I would also like to check compatibility among the parts.

CPU
Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950 = 294.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard
ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard = 234.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory
CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 = $64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COMBO Graphics Card & PSU
XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
=304.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Hard Drive (s)
OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTX40G 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) = 105.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive = $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case
COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case=$79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

O/S
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM = $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total = $1,240.91

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December 6, 2010 4:48:45 AM

^ Nice parts, some suggestions
i7 950 + ASUS X58 Sabertooth - 5 years warranty and is very good on
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM - Take advantage of the Tri-channel memory controller
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But most of all, you should know that Intel is going to launch newer CPUs by Jan 5th - Though not a replacement for the i7 9xx CPUs, but are next-gen so I expect them to perform as good as the 9xx CPUs and hence maybe a better option for your usage,...
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December 6, 2010 12:05:34 PM

Thank you gkay, great suggestions.

Do you think it's worth it to have tri-channel at 1600mhz as opposed to 1333 for another $30-40?



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December 6, 2010 12:40:05 PM

I'd say yes. You might be able to find it a little cheaper than $30 if you look and wait for a good deal to snag
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December 7, 2010 1:51:10 AM

^^ No overclocking, then IMO not much difference, but like Dylan said, if you are able to find it for similar price, then go with that...
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