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January 31, 2011 5:27:21 PM

I have been trying to figure out a gaming build and from community help I think I finally have one I am happy with. I would prefer to save a little more money on this and if anyone have some suggestions of how i could do so I would be happy to hear them (I am pretty set on my mobo and CPU but thats about it) . I am building primarily a gaming machine that i do not plan on overclocking. (i already have a 460 GTX card so thats not included)

CPU- sandy bridge i5-2500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mobo- ASRock P67 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU- COOLMAX CL-700B 700W ATX 12V v2.2 Compatible with Core i3/i5/i7 Power Supply (if this is too many watts please let me know, i tried to calculate it)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case- 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...

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a b 4 Gaming
January 31, 2011 5:40:34 PM

You have a good build laid out there, but...

There are some issues with SB you should be familar with before buying. Ideally, you should wait on buying the motherboard until the new chipsets ship in "a few weeks".
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/cougar-point-sandy-bri...
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/sandy-bridge-sata-erro...

On the PSU front... 700w is plenty, but consider going with Antec or Corsair. Just better quality.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b 4 Gaming
January 31, 2011 5:40:39 PM

If you get it you will have to rteturn the board as theres going to be a recall see http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/cougar-point-sata-error,n... unless you can live with the downtime I suggest you wait. If you don't mind the downtime order fast as I guess they will stop selling them if they need to recall them.
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January 31, 2011 5:50:19 PM

Wow, thanks for the information on that. I was real close to buying it this morning but decided to get some feedback on my final build, thanks for saving me from that guys.

A couple more questions, would an AMD build be much cheaper and would my 460GTX work as well on AMD as it does on intel? if so could someone point me to a couple of good AMD cpus and mobos (soemthing on par with my asrock mobo). I am wanting to get a computer up in the next month that will run RIFT well. I know how to put computers together but I don't really keep up with new technology, nor understand most of it, so suggestions would be great.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 31, 2011 5:53:17 PM

AMD will be cheaper, but an Intel build would outperform it. Going with an AM3 motherboard with an overclocked Phenom X4 955 BE (OC by simply changing the multiplier in the BIOS) would be a good gaming rig, but not like what SB should / would be.

The GTX 460 would work fine in either an AMD or Intel build.

MB => ASRock 870 Extreme3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU => x4 955
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler => Hyper 212+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 31, 2011 6:02:04 PM

Thanks a bunch Sadams, I really appreciate it.
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January 31, 2011 10:48:00 PM

I have been looking around and would it be worth the money to upgrade to a AMD Phenom II X6 1075T Thuban 3.0GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT75TFBGRBOX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

over the AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It seems like it owuld be a considerable upgrade for $50 but I figured I would get some opinions if I could. also would that ASROCK 870 Extreme3 mobo still be good for it

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b 4 Gaming
February 1, 2011 10:57:34 AM

The ASRock 870 Extreme3 would be a good board for either of those processors (or any AM3 processor).

I don't know... The x4 has a higher clock speed, but the x6 would benefit in multi-threaded apps (if you use any). If you are open to overclocking, either of those processors will get close to 4GHz with an aftermarket CPU cooler. Debatable upgrade, but both would serve you well. My choice would be to OC the X4 955 BE.
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