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Finally pieced together a gaming build, could use some feedback

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December 11, 2010 10:09:41 PM

Could use some feedback as well as a monitor suggestion (about 23.5 to 24")

ASRock H55M/USB3 R2.0 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
86.99

Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
204.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
99.99
(wasnt sure if this was the proper memory to get? i dont understand the channels and speed and what not?????)

Palit NE5X5700F09DA GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
354.99 (is this too much?)

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
69.99

SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
159.99

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
99.99

**From other systems I have seen, it seems the PSU maybe overkill, but I would like the case/PSU to last for future upgrades (maybe still an overkill?)

LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support
23.99


Keep in mind I haven't built in almost 4 years so I am sure there is much to tweak and maybe even save. I wouldn't mind cutting back on the GPU to help keep the budget down as I still need to add a monitor and probably buy another g15 keyboard since somebody fried mine with a cocktail... Thanks for your suggestions/tweaks in advance!!!
December 11, 2010 10:36:46 PM

Everything looks great to me, though I'm not a huge fan of Asrock or Liteon for that matter. I would rather go for an ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI or Intel mobo. I'm sure Asrock is OK, but I've seen loads of dead ones in my time, they don't seem to have a very long lifespan.
I've had nothing but great experience with LG DVD-Writers.
Liteon (AKA Panasonic) Drives tend to have CD tray jamming issues when they get old.

As for the GPU, anything from the GTX 460 Upwards would be fine for your rig.

And the PSU... Overkill? Maybe, but better to be safe than sorry. You entrust your entire PC to your PSU, so it's always better to have some headway.

And as for the ram, yes, all 1156 boards should support that ram.

Oh, and the monitor. I would recommend something like a 27" Samsung P2770H, nice size, good price, you won't regret it :) .
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December 11, 2010 11:32:46 PM

My last mobo was ASUS and it has been perfect. Any idea on what would go well with the other current components (including a possible GPU downgrade to maybe the 470?)
I would like at least 1 3.0 USB slot more if its cost effective
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December 12, 2010 12:07:54 AM
December 12, 2010 1:23:53 PM

Thanks mosox. I think I will grab the ASUS combo and back down the RAM.

GPU wise, I read that a gtx470 runs hot and saw some people saying to buy an overclocked
GIGABYTE Super Overclock Series GV-N470SO-13I GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
for 299.00....
Is that worth the up in price from the regular 470? If so, I wouldnt mind buying the 570 for another 80 dollars or so if the performance is good... Still at a standstill for GPU

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December 12, 2010 1:44:28 PM

Tomorrow or the day after the prices should go down so wait a little. The 6950 might be a better option. Right now you can also get the HD 6970 - a bit slower but cooler and lower power consumption and strong enough for any game out there.
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December 12, 2010 2:52:09 PM

Ok, I can wait a day or so. I would like for it to be powerful enough for at least another year or 2 of games. Im not playing the top graphics games, for now just COD BO and WoW(not very gx intensive). COD BO has pretty much exceeded my current system (3.5 years old), hence the upgrade.

Thanks for the replies.

One other thing I was pondering was thing I see people listing as a boot up drive for OS only? Is that worth it?
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December 12, 2010 5:39:34 PM

Ok, I like that 6870, will go with that.

Case wise, I saw a COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case at a store here and liked it..
I liked the size/fans. Will it fit all the components listed (specifically the ASUS mobo you listed for me). Also, if I get that case, will I need to buy other fans?
How about for the CPU, do I need extra fan for
Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core ?
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December 12, 2010 9:11:34 PM

Yep, it's a good case, no need for other fans. The CPU comes with a heatsink with fan.
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