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March 20, 2011 8:18:25 AM


I wish to build a PC primarily for gaming. I am not very experienced in most areas of computer hardware and I am looking for some advice.

As it will be a gaming PC performance is the greatest factor, but i want it to be a reasonable price ($600-$800)
I have found some parts that look good, what do you guys think?

MSI N460GTX Cyclone 1GD5/OC 1GB Overclocked Graphics Card
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition
Corsair 4GB Dual Channel Corsair DDR3

One problem I have faced is that I know just about nothing regarding motherboards. I have read that combining the GTX 460 with a hybrid-SLI capable nVidia motherboard will improve performance. Is this a worth while purchase and what models of motherboards would suit my CPU and GPU ideas?

I am a bit of a newbie in computer hardware so any advice is greatly appreciated.

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March 20, 2011 4:42:09 PM

Do you have a monitor. If so what size ( res ) ? and do you have any other hardware or is this a ground up build. What games do you/are you going to play ?
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March 21, 2011 6:02:32 AM

I have a monitor with a resoultion 1680 X 1050 (it is a few years old)
My current PC is about 3-4 years old but was a good PC at the time, it was a pre-built system not made especially for gaming but is still OK.
I play games such as:
COD black ops
WOW Cata
Starcraft 2
Dragon age 2
and soon Crysis 2

My current graphics card (Geforce 8600 GT) can not play any of those games any higher than about medium settings.

As I am not very experienced in computer hardware I don't know what I can salvage from my current rig. I can list all specs later if needed.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 21, 2011 10:14:50 AM

all specs would be good. hate to suggest new hardware when all you need is to replace that video card. Do you need an operating system too ? ... or do you have a disc.... W7-XP-Vista ??
March 22, 2011 4:59:17 AM

These are the specs of my current PC:

CPU: Intel core 2 duo (E6550) 2.33 GHz clock speed, 1333MHz FSB
GPU:256MB Geforce 8600 GT
RAM: 4GB (4X1GB) NECC Dual Channel DDR2
Hard Drive: 500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s (most things are stored on an external drive)
Intergrated 7.1 Audio
16X DVD with Dual layer write capabilities
22"Wide screen 1680 X 1050 resolution monitor

I have no idea on the mother board and power supply but I think they will not work with want I want to buy