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About to buy this gaming build 1400$! Let me know what you think.

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February 24, 2011 6:21:43 PM


Approximate Purchase Date: Earlier the better - within 7 days.


Budget Range: 1000$-1400$


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, 3d Modeling/Rendering, Cadd, surfing the net, Word, etc.


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


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg


Country of Origin: United States, SLC utah


Parts Preferences: No preferences, just as long my parts are all compatible.


Overclocking: No


SLI or Crossfire: No


Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050


Additional Comments: My budget was 1400$ and this is what I put together. This is my first build ever and I just wanted to make sure it looked good for the money! I know that new MOBO is coming out in April, but I can't wait until then :( 

I tried to do the Enthusiast build but the MOBO/Graphics Card were out of stock. I tried to replace those best I could. I'm not a computer wiz so I don't know if everything is compatible.. Let me know if it is please!

Graphic Intensive Games: Rift, Left4dead2, StarCraft II, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, TF2...etc

Thanks so much.


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...
$109.98

ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$199.99

EVGA 012-P3-1571-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$344.99

XFX Black Edition XPS-850W-BES 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$149.99

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$329.99

(QUANTITY X2) G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBXM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$129.98

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...
$64.99

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$20.99

COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$34.99

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$9.99

TOTAL: $1,395.88

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February 24, 2011 6:28:55 PM

Looks good except the MB + CPU combo. The MB is LGA1366 and CPU is LGA1155. You won't find many motherboards available for Sandy Bridge (LGA1155) due to the recall. If you are wanting to buy soon then keep that MB and go with an I7 on that LGA1366 platform.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
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February 24, 2011 10:49:41 PM

I think if you are not overclocking or thinking about adding a second graphics card then you don't need an 850w PSU, you could run that build on a 550W PSU. And even if you were thinking about adding a second GTX 570, you could do it on a good 650W PSU, maybe 750 if overclocking as well.
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February 24, 2011 11:26:07 PM

sadams04 said:
Looks good except the MB + CPU combo. The MB is LGA1366 and CPU is LGA1155. You won't find many motherboards available for Sandy Bridge (LGA1155) due to the recall. If you are wanting to buy soon then keep that MB and go with an I7 on that LGA1366 platform.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...


Thanks for your quick reply!

I took out the i7 LGA1155 and replaced it with this one

Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Is there a big difference between 3.2Ghz and 3.06Ghz?
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February 25, 2011 12:48:10 PM

The difference between 3.2GHz and 3.06GHz is minimal, but for $10 more... opt up. If overclocking it won't make a difference.
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February 25, 2011 1:51:45 PM

The board he chose supports dual channel as well as triple channel, so it doesn't matter. The performance difference is minimal either way. Altho I would now like to point out the best way to get 8GB is to get a 2x4GB set.
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February 25, 2011 5:00:08 PM

This build includes 12 gigs of triple channel RAM with the option to add another 12 gigs of that RAM for a total of 24 gigs. It also includes a gtx 560 with the option to add another one for SLI.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0026FCI2U/ref=s9_simh... $103.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master RC-922M-KKN1-GP HAF 922M ATX Mid Tower Case (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Truepower-TP-750-BLUE-Manag... $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Antec Truepower 23754 TP-750 BLUE LED 750-Watt PSU NVIDIA SLI Certified 80 Plus Bronze Advanced Hybrid Cable Management Power Supply

http://www.amazon.com/ASRock-X58-Extreme-CrossFireX-Mot... $164.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASRock X58 Extreme Core i7 / Intel X58/ DDR3/ Quad CrossFireX & Quad SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$18.00 Combo Price: $531.98
EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support FPB Video ...
Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950

http://www.ramexperts.com/mushkin-998969-ddr3-udimm-3x4... $131.95 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998776

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=HD-HD103SJ&tit... $59.99 FREE SHIPPING
Samsung SpinPoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB SATA2 7200rpm 32MB Hard Drive

http://www.amazon.com/Lite--LightScribe-Layer-Drive-IHA... $24.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping
Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black)

Total: $1,107.87

http://www.asrock.com/MB/download.asp?Model=X58%20Extre... <----- update to the latest bios for that board here
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February 26, 2011 7:29:43 AM

Silvune said:
The board he chose supports dual channel as well as triple channel, so it doesn't matter. The performance difference is minimal either way. Altho I would now like to point out the best way to get 8GB is to get a 2x4GB set.

Just because you can use 87 octane gas does not mean it is ideal as is with 1366 running dual channel.
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February 26, 2011 11:01:36 AM


I understand what you are saying but why would you run dual channel when you had the option to run triple no matter how much a difference. Never said you could not just I personally would not nor would a lot of people. Why not use your system to the max? If it becomes a budget thing then I understand, but if it is not why not go for triple?
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February 26, 2011 11:44:35 AM

Well I suppose it mostly is a budget issue, for instance it would make more sense to get 8GB if that was cheaper than 6GB because you would have more RAM for less. And vice versa.

A lot of people wouldn't go for dual channel on a X58 board because they do not know that it is possible to do so, and the rest because they think that triple channel has superior performance compared to dual channel, which is not necessarily the case at all.
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February 26, 2011 1:29:43 PM

Silvune said:
Well I suppose it mostly is a budget issue, for instance it would make more sense to get 8GB if that was cheaper than 6GB because you would have more RAM for less. And vice versa.

A lot of people wouldn't go for dual channel on a X58 board because they do not know that it is possible to do so, and the rest because they think that triple channel has superior performance compared to dual channel, which is not necessarily the case at all.


I can agree with that.
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March 3, 2011 10:09:50 PM

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March 3, 2011 10:21:23 PM



Are you sure you cant wait?? I just got this today. Wait a week, they will be there
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