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January 12, 2011 2:23:45 PM

I am upgrading my Asus P5N32E SLI with 2 GeForce 8800 GTs and am wondering if the following will give me a good build for a gaming system.

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) GV-N460OC-1GI Video Card

ASUS Sabertooth X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7-950 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor

G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

I don't overclock, do I need a cpu cooler?

Wouls 2 vidio cards be needed ( I play Black Ops)

Any suggestions? I need to stay below $1200
a c 84 B Homebuilt system
January 12, 2011 2:32:01 PM

That's not really a good build, since the new Sandy Bridge CPUs are out. Here's what I'd change (I'll double check prices in a bit):

CPU: i7-2600 $300
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4 $190
RAM: Corsair XMS3 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 9 $40 after rebate or G.Skill's Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CL 7 for $65
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB. Saves some money, and SATA III does nothing for mechanical HDDs. The WD and the Spinpoint are basically the same speed.
GPU: I'd want to try to step up to the HD 6850 or 6870 or 6950 (or GTX 570 or 580, but those are likely out of budget). One way to do this is to drop the CPU to an i5 (the i5-2300 or 2500 are great). You don't need an i7 to game.

If you're not overclocking, you don't need an aftermarket CPU cooler. You do need a CPU cooler, but the one that comes with the CPU is fine.

You don't really need dual GPUs for the only game you've listed. Hell, you don't even need a single great GPU for it. I wouldn't advise starting a build with dual cards, as you spend a lot more than you should, you eliminate an upgrade path, and you really don't need that much power immediately.

EDIT: Revised build:

CPU: i5-2500 $210
Mobo: Same
RAM: Same
HDD: Same
GPU: HD 6950 $280 after rebate. Don't forget to check out the guides out there on how you can turn this into a 6970 for free with a BIOS flash.

Total: $790 with Corsair's sticks or $815 with G.Skill's.

I also forgot to ask if that $1,200 was only for the parts you've listed or the entire build (add a case, PSU, OS and optical). If you need the other parts, check out:

Case: HAF 922 $100
PSU: XFX 750W $100 after rebate
Optical: The absolute cheapest SATA DVD burner you can find. Usually under $20.
OS: Windows 7 Home 64-bit $100

Those would bring the total to $1,135.

If you don't need the parts you didn't list, up the CPU to the i7-2600, and up the GPU to the GTX 580. That would total $1,025.
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January 12, 2011 2:44:17 PM

So the motherboard will also support an I5 cpu?
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
January 12, 2011 2:46:43 PM

Yes. Think of the i7-2600 as the i7-8xx series brother. They run on the same socket as the i5s.
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January 12, 2011 2:53:43 PM

Thanks, I don't need the other parts. I have a 700W power supply. I may add more ram.
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