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January 31, 2011 10:27:08 PM

Hello, I have decided to donate my old PC and start on a new one from scratch. I have done some research since the last PC I built (6 years ago) and have come up with a mid to low end gaming PC build. I want it to be able to perform WoW (settings maxed) and other games, I also run Ableton Live which can be a demanding program. Im not going to be doing anything in 3D either. If you see any compatibility issues or have any comments/suggestions on any pieces please let me know ;) 


CPU- Intel Core i7-870 2.93GHz 8MB Socket LGA1156 $265.00
http://www.starmicroinc.net/cgi/commerce.cgi?preadd=act...

Video Card- nVidia GeForce GTS450 1GB DDR5 2DVI Mini HDMI PCI-Express $119.95
http://www.portatech.com/catalog/viewitem.asp?id=59415&...

MOBO- Asus P7H55-M LX Socket 1156 Intel H55 DDR3 $86.25
http://www.portatech.com/catalog/viewitem.asp?id=38005&...

Memory - 2x Black Diamond 4g DDR3 (PC3-10600) $45.96
http://www.memory-up.com/memory/AsusP7_RAM502.html?utm_...

Hard Drive #1 - OCZSSD2-2C120G 2.5" 120GB Solid State Drive w/ 170 MB/s read, 98 MB/s write, SATA 300 $189.99
http://3btech.net/oczcoseoc212.html

Hard Drive #2 - Seagate Barracuda 500GB 32MB Cache 7200RPM SATA2 $37.95
http://www.goharddrive.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCo...

PSU- HP 750W $42.99
http://www.legendmicro.com/store/4977_HP-372357-002-377...

Case- Antec 900 $123.76(with shipping)
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?p=CA-900&c=pw&hash=...

I will use a basic optical drive from my old computer. I will be using Windows 7 OS 64 bit, you can get it for free from Microsoft Expert Zone.

Total Cost: $957.81

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January 31, 2011 11:38:57 PM

Sorry, here are some things I left out:

Approximate Purchase Date: A couple weeks.

Budget Range: Under $1000

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor, Speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Whichever is cheapest.

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Intel, no other preferences.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire:No / Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200, at the moment... potentially upgrading


January 31, 2011 11:54:04 PM

Proflex said:
Sorry, here are some things I left out:

Approximate Purchase Date: A couple weeks.

Budget Range: Under $1000

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor, Speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Whichever is cheapest.

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Intel, no other preferences.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire:No / Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200, at the moment... potentially upgrading


Have you looked at this build?
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-a-pc-core-i3-...

for not much more, it would be a better balanced gaming system. :sol: 
Your list is a weird combination of high end CPU, case, and SSD with low end components(PSU, Graphics, HDD, RAM) :pfff: 
Not to mention, you have chosen a CPU that uses a socket 1366 and a motherboard that has socket 1156 :non:  That won't work at all!
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February 1, 2011 12:12:24 AM

Yeah sorry, I must have gotten confused on that processor.

Intel Core i7-870 2.93GHz 8MB Socket LGA1156
http://www.starmicroinc.net/cgi/commerce.cgi?preadd=act...

I kind-of plan on upgrading in the future, but the HDD is only for storage of files... I will run my OS/Games on the SSD. The RAM was tested for the motherboard and had pretty good reviews (Not just from that site). Would you recommend the graphics card and PSU off the build you listed above over the ones I listed?
February 1, 2011 12:32:59 AM

Posting the State helps alot if in US.
if you're near a microcenter they are selling the i7-950 for $199
February 1, 2011 12:34:44 AM

Sorry, Kansas. Wichita to be exact, closest is KC.. 6-7 hrs there and back
February 1, 2011 7:23:28 PM

Proflex said:
Yeah sorry, I must have gotten confused on that processor.

Intel Core i7-870 2.93GHz 8MB Socket LGA1156
http://www.starmicroinc.net/cgi/commerce.cgi?preadd=act...

I kind-of plan on upgrading in the future, but the HDD is only for storage of files... I will run my OS/Games on the SSD. The RAM was tested for the motherboard and had pretty good reviews (Not just from that site). Would you recommend the graphics card and PSU off the build you listed above over the ones I listed?


The SBM build from THG has TWO GTX-460's in SLI which is WAY stronger than 1 GTS-450 :ouch:  (1 GTX-460 > GTS-450)
As far as the PSUs go, The HP only has a one year warranty, while the Corsair has a 5. :heink: 
which do you think is a better built PSU? :bounce: 
Also the HP was built on spec as a replacement for certain HP desktops. They might not have the same power requirements as your build.
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