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February 11, 2011 12:28:00 AM

hey everyone.
This is my first post, but it's not my first time building a computer.
Approximate build date: 1 month
Budget Range: $1750 before rebates
System Usage: gaming, web surfing
Parts not required: monitor, OS
Preffered website for parts: newegg.com
Country of origin: u.s.
Parts preference: intel cpu with ati VGA
Overclocking: most likely
Crossfire: yes
MOnitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I want to build a good gaming computer, mainly just for gaming and web surfing. I will upgrade to sandy bridge when it comes out, but for now i just need advice on most of the other components.
INtel core i7-950 - 300
Gygabyte ga x58a udr3 - 210
cooler master silent pro 850 watt modular psu rs850 ambaj3 us - 140
cooler master haf 932 - 120
x2 corsair dominator 6gb (3 x 2gb) ddr3 1600 desktop memory - 240
(this is because one kit comes with the newegg combo and i had enough left over to buy an extra kit)
Western digital caviar black 1tb 7200 rpm sata 6 gb/s 3.5" internal hdd - 90
cooler master v8 120mm rifle cpu cooler - 60
logitech mk550 wireless keyboard and mouse combo - 65
asus black dvd rom drive - 17
X2 Sapphire hd 6950 2 gb 256 bit 100312sr - 554
Edimax ew-7811un usb 2.0 wireless nano adapter - 10
nippon labs black 12 ft optical audio extension cable - 12



After all the combo savings and instant savings the total is 1707 and then there is an extra 30 mail in rebate.


i just want some advice on wether this is a good build or there any bottlenecks/ bad quality parts i should upgrade

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February 11, 2011 1:06:33 AM

I would recommend a different cooler than the V-8. Maybe a Megahalems or a NH-D14, or a Silver Arrow
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February 11, 2011 1:09:17 AM

The v8 comes as a part of the combo so i cant change that but it should be fine as im not going to overclock this system too much, but enough that the v8 should handle it
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February 11, 2011 1:27:10 AM

I would make a couple of changes -

PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply $109 after MIR
Or this Thermaltake Black Widow W0319RU 850W ATX 12V v2.3, EPS 12V v2.91 CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply for $100 after MIR
You want something more dependable than coolermaster.

HDD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive for $65 after MIR

The Hyper 212 plus for $30 will be better cooling and will allow you to overclock better. And I would get the second fan during checkout, (COOLER MASTER SAF-B82-E1 80mm Case Fan COOLER MASTER SAF-B82-E1 80mm Case Fan) for $5. the v8 gets bad marks on the reviews I saw.
If you want more cooling you can get higher cfm fans later down the road.
Or, this Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler for $65 and you will need these Scythe SY1225SL12SH 120mm "Slipstream" Case Fan @ $15 a piece. These will give you more cooling for a little more money. And they fit in the cooler master haf 932.
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February 11, 2011 2:08:53 AM

ok so a better psu and cpu cooler.
and i'm just wondering but is there an advantage to the western digital drive being a satag 6gb/s or does that only apply to ssd and not hdd
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February 11, 2011 12:48:47 PM

From what I read and running a few benchmarks from my own system I don't see any improvement with the S-ata 6GB/s with a regular HDD, (I have the WD1002FAEX). I fell for it when it first came out and was disappointed with the results. Some? yes, but you will not see any difference unless you get the newer SSD's.

Sorry about the repeated comments dissing the V8 cooler. But it is crap and the first response and your answer were posted while I was answering and linking my last post, lol.
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February 11, 2011 9:42:59 PM


well i may have to redo the build with cougar point shiping next week but thanks for the tips and i will repost my new build for more tips
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