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Simple Gaming System.... any advice on current setup??

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December 15, 2010 3:27:57 PM

Hi guys.. I'm setting up a simple gaming PC.. Price is my biggest issue so please let me know if you have any advice on the following parts. Thanks again for your input.

ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $284.99

Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache
LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950 $294.99

EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5
PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $249.99

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D $149.99

Corsair DOMINATOR Airflow Memory fan unit $26.00

COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler $59.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready
CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply $129.99
The power supply might be a little too powerful but incase i want to add a second video
card, i thought i would leave the option open.....

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB
Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $87.99

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case $135.98

Total: 1419.91 + tax (all newegg prices...)






a b 4 Gaming
December 15, 2010 3:35:46 PM

Err a simple gaming config bang for buck in my book would be just the one beefy GPU solution thru out rig's lifetime so:

Items off Egg $563


Items off Microcenter $170 (965BE + MSI 785G-E53)
http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundl...
$733 Total core build

Optionals

60GB Sandforce based SSD $99AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Scythe SCMG-2100 MUGEN-2 Rev.B 5 Heat Pipes CPU Cooler $29 with promo code
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=FAN-MUGENB&tit...
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a b 4 Gaming
December 16, 2010 2:46:31 AM

I love it how people say "simple gaming build", or "Price is my biggest issue" and then proceed to list some of the most expensive parts. Changes I would make for a "simple" build.

Dump the i7 for an i5. (or an AM3 build) You don't need a $285 mobo for a gaming build. And don't worry about the i5 running two cards at 8x each. First, you said your leaving that option open so it might never come into play. And second, the difference between 16x and 8x is very small. Even if you go that route your frame rates will be single digit % smaller. (think 2-5% if I remember correctly.) This should free up a lot of $$$.

Next thing to do is change the video card. With your new found $$$ you should be able to get either the 6970 or the GTX570. Both are around $100 more then the card you listed. If your just looking to save money I suggest you at least look at the 6950. One of AMDs newest video cards, it competes very well with the GTX470. It is a bit more, but better in most respects. (and most games.)

Cases are a subjective thing, but I don't like spending $130+ on a case. More so when that $$$ could be better spent on faster GPUs, CPUs, etc. If that NZXT case that Bat linked is the one I'm thinking of its a good case. I'm almost tempted to upgrade my case due to my harddrives and I'm considering that one. The Haf 932 is a great case. But your money is probably better spent elsewhere.

If you drop down to a P55 board and the 750, you should have enough money for the 6970/GTX570. Or you could keep the GTX470 (or get the 6950) and pop in an SSD for better load times. Or just keep the savings and buy some 30/36 packs. Not sure what you're wanting to do.
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December 16, 2010 2:38:29 PM

I have to agree with 4745454b if price is the biggest issue why pick intels premium socket? You don't need such an expensive board either.
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