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January 23, 2011 4:33:49 AM

Hi everyone, I am new to your community.

I decided to assemble my own gaming desktop to play games such as GTA 4, COD, WoW, Fallout and FSX.
Also I am looking for future expandability and SLI or CF.
Below is the list of the parts that I am going to buy, so please feel free to give your input.

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz LGA 1155 95W $329.99
ASUS P8P67 LGA 1155 Intel P67 MOBO $159.99
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM $139.99
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB $64.99
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W Power Supply $129.99
GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) SuperClocked $264.99
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 case $99.98
SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner $18.99

All components are from newegg

The total comes down to $1209 and I am not going to go beyond this figure, so is this a good configuration?
I will overclock the cpu and I've been planning for a long time to build a gaming pc and I want no major hiccups such as lag, low FPS while playing my games.
I am sick and tired of playing on my PS3 without any possibility of mods and such.
January 23, 2011 4:43:08 AM

i would drop down to a i5 12500k and get a 6950. that will save you $70

your could try to unlock the 6950 but personally i wouldnt do it unless you know what you are doing. btw what is your moniter res, are you planning to overclock.
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January 23, 2011 4:45:30 AM

Yes, i will overclock, so does the mobo supports phenomenal overclocking of i7 2600k? Currently my monitor is 1440x900 on Acer triple core AX3200 slimline cpu
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January 23, 2011 4:52:52 AM

samsung f3's are really expensive in america
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January 23, 2011 5:42:09 AM

Here's a build that includes a gtx 570 with the option of adding another one for SLI and a 2600K (FSX). :) 

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/p67-motherboard-rou... <--- ASRock P67 Extreme4 Review

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99 FREE SHIPPING
Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $152.99
ASRock P67 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $341.98
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $82.99 FREE SHIPPING $5 off with promo code HARDOCPX119A, ends 1/26
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996770

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001U3S5S0/ref=s9_simh... $59.99 this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $16.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $349.99 FREE SHIPPING
EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Total: $1,184.91 *not including shipping, rebates, promo codes, etc..

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

*Monitor worth looking at...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $179.99 - $159.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING Check out w/ $10 promo code EMCKJHJ25, ends 1/27
ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 20000 :1 (ASCR) Built-in Speakers

*Optional psu...

http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-tx850w-850-watt-power-s... $126.48 Price After Rebate: $116.48 FREE SHIPPING
Corsair TX850W 850 Watt Power Supply - CMPSU-850TX

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January 23, 2011 5:41:24 PM

Wow! This new configuration is awesome and under my budget with a GTX 570 instead of GTX 470.

My only concern is the AsRock MOBO cuz i've heard people argue about it's reliability compared to gigibyte and ASUS.

Please clarify.
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January 23, 2011 6:21:12 PM

mcnamara69 said:
Wow! This new configuration is awesome and under my budget with a GTX 570 instead of GTX 470.

My only concern is the AsRock MOBO cuz i've heard people argue about it's reliability compared to gigibyte and ASUS.

Please clarify.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/p67-motherboard-rou... <--- ASRock P67 Extreme4 Review

Up until a few months ago AsRock was owned by Asus. AsRock boards weren't well known until the 1366 Extreme...that board tore it up and for a lot cheaper than other boards. Asus and Gigabyte boards are good board, but a lot of times your paying extra for a name. Kind of like BMW's...
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January 23, 2011 7:51:21 PM

Hi everyone, below is the configuration of my proposed gaming pc, so pls take a look at it and give ur input on any compatibility issues i might face.


Also, any other advice will be greatly appreciated.



Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 (with heatsink)
ASRock P67 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready
EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner


This is my first build and i'm also gonna overclock the i7, so do i need any other cables or any other goodies?


I don't want any compatibility issues with the current config.
The total boils down to $1240.
Future expandability is a must.
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February 1, 2011 11:09:13 PM

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