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February 26, 2011 2:33:34 AM

Hello everyone, I'm helping a friend build a gaming computer. What do you think so far and do you have any ATX motherboard recommendations? (needs USB 3.0, SATA II, and ability to possibly SLI two 580's later on as well as an open slot for a wireless card [I think he needed that])

Processor
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Thuban 3.3GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU
GeForce GTX 580
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD
Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(why does the SATA 3.0GB/s version of this have over 1,000 reviews and this has 24? is it just newer?)

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

PSU
COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series ATX SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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February 26, 2011 3:13:39 AM

I wouldn't be building an AMD based build if one can afford twin 580's. New SB MoBos should be here in 1-3 weeks.

This is just under $1800

Case - $160 - Antec DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case Fans - $15 - Antec Red 120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $150 - Antec CP-1000 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $155 - (2 x 4GB) Mushkin CAS 7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $370 - EVGA GTX 580 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - Later - Same
HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $245 - Crucial C300 2.5" 128GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Card Reader $35 AFT XM-35U http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS - $140 - Win 7-64 Pro OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Another Case / PSU option would be

HAF-X ($190) w/ Corsair HX-1000 ($215)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Reason 1TB gets so many reviews is price per GB for 500GB model makes in unattractive in comparison. You don't need SATA III (6GB/s) .... transfers from cache will benefit from the SATA III interface but the mehanical drive can't approach 1/2 of SATA III speeds.

Above 580 is clocked slightly faster than the EVGA model


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February 26, 2011 4:12:04 AM

One of the 500 GBs was going to be a backup, also I don't think he needs a SSD or Card Reader. Also, I was going with AMD since it isn't like he will do anything super processor intensive so I didn't see the point of going with Intel
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