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December 27, 2010 8:05:30 PM

Hey guys I want to build a gaming computer and so far I have this as my basic model

MotherBoard: ASUS P7P55-LX Motherboard

CPU: Intel Core i5 760

RAM: G.Skill ECO F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO (2x2GB) DDR3

GPU: Gigabyte Radeon HD6870 1GB

Sound Card: Auzentech X-Raider 7.1

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB WD1002FAEX

Optical: Samsung SH-S223C SATA DVDRW Drive

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Case

Total: $1096.00

I need a power supply but I don't have a clue what I will need so any suggestions would be fantastic, but, I am willing to spend up to $1500 so any things that I can change for a little bit more is what I'm after.
Thanks guys :) 


Note: No peripherals needed.
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December 27, 2010 8:31:30 PM

Ditch the sound card. Unless you're a huge audiophile, it's not worth the money. I'd at least try the onboard sound first to see if you can tell a difference.

HDD: I'd get the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB instead. It's just as fast, yet $20 cheaper.

Case: I like the 900 (I use the 902), but it's kind of pricey right now. I'd check out some other options like the HAF 922, Coolermaster 690 or anything from Lian Li.

RAM: The Eco sticks were great when they were the same price as the equivalent Ripjaws. They're not so great any more.

Mobo: I'd step up to the Asus P7P55D-E Pro to get Crossfire support, since you have room in the budget.

PSU: Any good 750W unit from Corsair, Antec, SeaSonic, Silverstone or XFX would be good (Corsair's is the cheapest right now outside of combos).

GPU: If you really want to spend $1,500, step up to either the HD 6970 or the 5970. If you do get either of those, upgrade the PSU to an 850W unit to support Crossfire later.
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December 27, 2010 8:43:50 PM

You do not need that powerful a power supply. Even though that mobo says it is cross fire ready, the second PCIe slot is only x4 so do not plan on it. The PSU calculator I use recommends 419 watts, but I like to add at least another 20 percent.

Newegg has this medium quality model on on sale today for $44: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W.

Here is a really good one, more pricey of course: SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W for $79.


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December 27, 2010 9:01:08 PM

MadAdmiral said:
Ditch the sound card. Unless you're a huge audiophile, it's not worth the money. I'd at least try the onboard sound first to see if you can tell a difference.

HDD: I'd get the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB instead. It's just as fast, yet $20 cheaper.

Case: I like the 900 (I use the 902), but it's kind of pricey right now. I'd check out some other options like the HAF 922, Coolermaster 690 or anything from Lian Li.

RAM: The Eco sticks were great when they were the same price as the equivalent Ripjaws. They're not so great any more.

Mobo: I'd step up to the Asus P7P55D-E Pro to get Crossfire support, since you have room in the budget.

PSU: Any good 750W unit from Corsair, Antec, SeaSonic, Silverstone or XFX would be good (Corsair's is the cheapest right now outside of combos).

GPU: If you really want to spend $1,500, step up to either the HD 6970 or the 5970. If you do get either of those, upgrade the PSU to an 850W unit to support Crossfire later.


Guilty in terms of the Audio :D 

Thanks for the suggestions both of you
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a b 4 Gaming
December 28, 2010 12:00:15 AM

Still, I'd at least try onboard first. After all, it will only cost you some time in waiting for the sound card to get there. If you end up not needing it, you've saved a good bit of money.
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December 28, 2010 6:13:28 AM

MadAdmiral said:
Still, I'd at least try onboard first. After all, it will only cost you some time in waiting for the sound card to get there. If you end up not needing it, you've saved a good bit of money.

Well I'm not from the US, I'm in Australia so I cant use Newegg and the place I'm ordering from calls when they have all the parts ready to be picked up so the delivery aint an issue. And I have dropped the sound card.
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