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December 6, 2010 4:52:42 AM

Hi I'm going to be building my first gaming computer. Here is my rough draft build list.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=16336866

So how does it look. I'm planing on adding a second 580 when I can afford it. will I need to overclock my cpu so it doesn't create a bottleneck? If so what kind of cooling should I get. Anything else I should change?

Also one thing I'm not sure about is the mobo, I want one where I can hook up all the front ports that the case has, 4 USB 2.0, Firewire, eSATA, and front panel audio. will the rampage III formula be able to do this?

Approximate Purchase Date: by the end of December

Budget Range: up to $2,000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the Internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: no cd/dvd needed. Will I need to buy any additional cords. For hooking up my hdd to motherboard ect. that does not come with whats in my mywishlist

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: any

Parts Preferences: Intel,Nvidia

Overclocking: Maybe, if needed


SLI or Crossfire: SLI

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200 Witch ones better for 3d and full HD


Additional Comments: I would like to have a quiet PC, that can run new upcoming games for years to come. I will play games mostly like Call of Duty, Starcraft, maybe WOW, any other good games, FPS

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December 6, 2010 8:58:37 AM

CPU won't bottleneck an i7 950 can handle a 580gtx pretty will if you want to get a second one I would start OCing though.

As for which mobo: any mobo will do what you listed there. For the sake of saving money I'd get a sabertooth x58.

Also keep in mind for 3d you need a 3d vision kit which isn't cheap. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Personally I'd drop 3d and get a tripplet of these http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c... or any tripplet of good monitors really

Then why a thermal grease but no cooler? Just leave that out and get a decent cooler if you want better cooling. The stock cooler is also noisy.

For graphics I'd get a pair of these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... cheaper and MUCH faster than a single 580. Also single cards don't support 3 screens.

The psu is overkill and not terribly good. I'd get this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The ram is too little and too slow. You need 6gb or 12gb for x58(3 will work aswell but thats just too little). Here's a good kit http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The case is good not the prettiest though.

For keyboard and mouse I'd get these 2:

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

and

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

Hope I helped ;) 
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December 6, 2010 9:28:11 AM

Wait for Sandy Bridge whichis going to replace i7
it will come out on the 1st week of januvary
its a wise decision to wait
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December 6, 2010 10:53:53 AM

As Somebody_007 said, the RAM is not what you need for a system like that; first according to a test Tom's performed last month you want at least 6-8 GB for 'higher end' systems, and second the i7-9xx series of chips utilize triple channel of which the smallest you would want would be 3 sticks of 2 GB each, or 6 GB.
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December 6, 2010 11:27:18 AM

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Wait for Sandy Bridge whichis going to replace i7
it will come out on the 1st week of januvary
its a wise decision to wait


waiting would be good, but just to clarify intel is only replacing high end i7s end of next year.
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December 6, 2010 1:42:53 PM

Thermal grease is only needed if you want a high OC. Also, AS mtx-2 would be best choice. HSF first, then grease as noted above.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

While intel isn't replacing 1366 till q3 next year, the initial sandy bridge CPU's do include performance ones.

Gaming wise, there is no need for a workstation level CPU as there won't be any performance difference from the extra cores/threads.

Also, by end of December 69xx GPU's are supposed to be out. I'd wait till they arrive and see how they are before making a GPU decision. Also, either way a GTX 580 is NOT worth the money. Price/performance ratio sucks. You can SLI GTX 470/5870's for less money and have much better performance.

Also, no to the kingwin PSU. It's pretty pathetic for the price.
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

Go with the cheaper and better corsair 950TX $150 w/ $10 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
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December 6, 2010 3:43:30 PM

Thanks for the replys. I've made some adjustments based on what you guys sugested. hearing how close sandy bridge is I think I will wait. As for the 3D I think I'll hold off on the kit, but kep the 120hz moniter. Is the 120hz worth the price over the 60hz for the frames per second, and the ability to do 3d?
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December 7, 2010 5:52:41 AM

Best answer selected by Stormy05.
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December 7, 2010 8:08:08 AM

If you really want to do 3d then yes it's worth it simply because there is no alternative, but if not it's a very bad choice. In quality terms it's worse than dell 22"-24" which are much cheaper.
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