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January 15, 2011 9:50:39 PM

I am going to build a gaming PC and was wondering what you guys thought about the specs, and had any ideas on a nice solid power supply and case.

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz - $224.99
ASUS P8P67 Pro LGA 1155 P67 - $184.99
G. Skill Ripjaw Series 4GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 - $49.99
EVGA GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) SuperClocked 1280MB 320-bit - $264.99
OCZ Vertex 2 60GB SATA II SSD - $129.99
Sony Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive - $16.99

Probably an ASUS monitor

I do plan on going with SLI, and of course more hard drives and a DVD Burner, but this will be later on. I was thinking about going with the GeForce GTX 460 768MB 192-bit graphics card, but I think the other one will be worth it. Now all I need is a solid, reliable power supply and a nice case.

Any suggestions? Also, is that G. Skill Ripjaw going to hold down the fort?

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January 16, 2011 2:03:31 AM

Your RAM is good. If your budget allows you may want to consider going with a GTX 570 for lower power consumption, lower heat, and better performance. If you plan on running 470s or 570s in SLI you'll need a 800W-850W PSU, I recommend the Corsair HX-850. It's modular to help with cable management and has plenty of power and a good warranty. If you go the GTX 460 route I would recommend a 1GB model, especially if your resolution is 1920 X 1080 or greater.

As far as cases are concerned, Antec is pretty well regarded, especially it's 300/600/900/1200 series, along with its Dark Fleet Models. I've got a Antec 900 and I like it, although my bottom video card sits a little bit closer to my PSU than I would like, but that's also partly my motherboard's fault as well.
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January 20, 2011 7:20:19 PM

Thanks a lot guys. I'll consider the GeForce GTX 570. Looks like a sweet card. The Antec cases at there sight look pretty rad, especially the Skeleton one. And as for power supplies, I looked into the HX-850. Looks solid. I'll research those specific parts. Thanks for reviewing my build!
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January 31, 2011 2:00:24 PM

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