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First new gaming build, please tell me if it's adequate for most games

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February 25, 2011 6:10:21 PM

Greetings, I just put together my first build and was wondering if it should be able to handle most newer games.
Opinions and advice are welcome.

My build is: MB: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R
Mem: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3
CPU: Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache
GPU: GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) Black Ops Edition 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5
Pwr: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro RSA00-AMBAJ3-US 1000W
February 25, 2011 6:21:55 PM

It'll be fine. The 580 can handle anything you throw at it.

The only real issue I see with the build is that you're using dual channel RAM on a triple channel board. The RAM will run slower than a similar triple channel kit would. I'd recommend trying to find a single 4 GB stick that is exactly the same as the two you already have. If you can't, see if you can find a good price on the 8 GB kit and buy a similar 3x2 GB kit for $80.

EDIT: I may have found a stick that likely matches the kit you have: G.Skill Ripjaws 4 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 9 1.5V for $55. I'm not positive if that's a match, so check the timings and speed on the sticks you have. I know there was a 1333 mhz CL 9 stick for $41 as well. Assuming the 8 GB kit is 1600 mhz/CL 9 and it cost you about $100, if you sold the 8 GB for more than $55 and bought the 3x2 GB kit I linked above, you'd come out ahead.

There are a couple of changes I would have suggested before you bought the parts.

First, I would have also advised you to avoid Coolermaster PSUs, as they're known to be pretty low quality. Instead, I would have gotten an 850W from Corsair, Silverstone, SeaSonic, Antec or XFX. 850W is more than enough to use dual 580s and overclock, so the extra 150W is pretty much wasted money, both through the added cost of the unit and overall efficiency.

Second, I wouldn't have gotten a LGA1366 system at all, but that's merely timing. The Sandy Bridge CPUs (released in January, but essentially recalled due to a motherboard design issue, soon to be re-released) absolutely destroyed any reason to buy the LGA1366 socket. The i5-2500K ($225) and i7-2600K ($330) both performed close to the i7-980X ($1,000) at stock, and overclock to a ridiculous level. I would have strongly advised waiting for them to be available again as their performance gains were astonishing. Couple that with the fact that the motherboards were about $100 cheaper than similar X58 boards and they used dual channel RAM, and you've got a killer bargain.
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February 25, 2011 6:35:17 PM

^I agree...go with a 2500k, and an asus p8p67 evo or pro...depending on the games you play a gtx 580 may not even be worth the purchase..A gtx 570 may suffice for 1080p/1200 resolutions...and anything over 4gb of ram for gaming may be a bit excessive...the need for more ram with only make your wallet cry...invest in a decent ssd and one of the above mentioned psu's and you got yourself a boss of a computer
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February 25, 2011 6:39:33 PM

Thank you for the tidbits I'll definitely look into it. It was my first build and I'm not really up-to-date on such things so I only went with things that seemed to receive good reviews on Newegg, I have heard that about coolmasters but it seemed the 1000 volt one seemed to be well thought of
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February 25, 2011 6:51:13 PM

Whoever gave you advice on that build you posted shouldn't be helping anyone on a computer build. Too bad you didn't come here before you made that purchase.

Down below is two gtx 560's in SLI.

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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $249.99
EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Radioactive 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998983

Total: $1,126.94
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