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February 26, 2011 11:20:54 PM

Thanks to those who have helped me pick parts for the new gaming build I'm going to buy tomorrow. I have several questions before I buy it though.

This is the complete build:

http://img62.imageshack.us/i/36882965.png/
http://img135.imageshack.us/i/81164270.png/

Total (including shipping / rebate) = $1103.01

Again, this is going to be mainly a gaming build...the questions I have are..

1. Any changes that I should make?

2. I went along with a lower timing-G.Skill ripjaws 4GB Ram that costs 65$ because I heard it's better for OCing...but if I can, I'd like to stick to the $50 G.Skill ripjaws...any comments on this? I'm planning on OCing but I won't be hardcore about it...max I will plan to go is 3.8 and I will still be content if its ~3.5-3.6

3. I looked up the MOBO and found that it is pretty awesome at OCing...but can OC anywhere near 3.8 with everything I have but with this mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks in advance guys...have no doubt his will be a sweet build

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a b 4 Gaming
February 27, 2011 1:13:35 AM

Wait a few weeks more and you could be looking at something like this down below...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extre... $152.99 @ newegg
ASRock P67 Extreme4

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $251.98
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL

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)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $244.99
GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $189.99 - $179.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1

Total: $1,124.90
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a b 4 Gaming
February 27, 2011 7:39:38 PM

There are no changes you must make. Everything is compatible and it's looking like a well balanced system.

The less expensive Asus M4A87TD EVO adds USB 3.0 and SATA 6GB/s to your build but your 2nd PCI-e video card slot is only x4. Meaning it's less desirable for a 2nd high performance video card in CrossfireX mode. It would run CrossfireX though, with a slight performance penalty. On balance a fair trade off for the lower price IMO.

Going with the $50 RAM kit is not a problem even with your overclocking goal. The difference in performance will be very minor compared to the large gain you'll get overclocking the CPU and video card.

Phenom II X4 955 & Radeon HD 2GB with be a strong gaming machine on that excellent Asus VH236H 23" 1920x1080 monitor.
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February 27, 2011 7:58:58 PM

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February 27, 2011 8:02:05 PM

This was the answer I was looking for. Thank you so much. I think I will go with the MSI because I really don't care too much about the 3.0 usb / 6.0 sata. I prefer the possibility of better enhanced OC over the usb/sata which I really won't use too much

To Why_Me, I would have certainly waited for a better rig but my budget is extremely limited but I have thought of it. Thanks.
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