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April 1, 2011 11:45:45 PM

Hi everybody.

I'm new to all this building computers thing, so i will be grateful if someone give me some advice and recommendations for my new build. I'm looking for a good gaming pc, not to powerfull, but a well performance/relatively quiet pc.

Here is what i've got so far:

First, let me start by saying my budget is 800-850$

Mobo: I'm thinking between ASUS P8P67 Pro or GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3
Cpu: Intel Core I5-2500k www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681911507...
Case: Cooler Master Haf www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681111919...
PSU: XFX XXX Edition P1-650X-CAG9 650W www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681720700...
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682215218...
Ram: CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682014531...
Cooling: Depending on my budget, i can get the Cooler master hyper 212 or the Noctua NH(i know it is a lot better, but as i said, depending on budget)

Additional Info:
GPU: GeForce GTS 450 (it was a present so i won't buy a new one, but please tell me if this is a good GPU)
Overclocking?: Probably :D 
No need for Monitor or anything else.

If something isn't compatible pardon me, but as i said, i'm a noobie :D 

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April 2, 2011 12:01:40 AM

Monitor res?? 8gb of ram is a little much 4gb is definately enough the gts 450 is good but i cant tell if its best for ur monitor and the games you play the haf 912 is nearly the same as the 922 and it is cheaper. go with asus since ive had great experinces with their boards. if you are using a gtx 450 no need for a 650 watt try 500 or lower
April 2, 2011 12:49:45 AM

1st. Fix your links.
2nd. 8GB of RAM is fine with DDR3 as cheap as it is.
3rd. The GTS450 is quite weak for high resolution gaming.
4th. The Gigabyte board is great ( I have one)



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April 2, 2011 1:29:42 AM

Done links fixed.. Thanks , now i'll get the haf 912. My monitor is a Samsung 22" 1920x1080 LED.. Maybe i'll buy a better graphic card later and use sli.. And well, at least i know both mobos are good and sli ready.. Still thinking about the ram :) 
April 2, 2011 1:40:59 AM

Look for DDR3 1600 cas 8 or 9 for the best match with the 2500K.

I would look at a GTX460 1Gb or 560Ti from Nvidia or a HD 6850/6870 from ATI for the best experience with 1920 x 1080 on a budget.

A good quality 550w PSU will run any one of those cards. Look for 650w for SLI/Crossfire later.

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April 2, 2011 2:11:24 AM
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As others have said, your components are a bit over matched for that 450. Ya might want to save it as a dedicated PhysX card if ya can afford say a 900 MHz 560 Ti.

Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game) for the various options (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below

6950 (479/751)
560 Ti (455/792)
6970 (526/825)
560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862)
570 (524/873)
580 (616/953)
6990 (762/903)
590 (881/982)

The HAF -922 was one of my favorite cases, but it's gotten a bit ling in the tooth over time and doesn't have new things like USB 3 on the front of case. Consider the Antec 902 V3. If thinking SLI some time down the road and OC'ing ya might wanna go full tower with the DF-85 or HAF-X.

PSU - XFX Black 750 watter for SLI or 850 watter for SLI + PhysX. Only thing better / cheaper is the CP-850 but only fits in the DF-85. With just one card, no sense going w/ less than the XFX 650 Core edition as the 550 is same price.

MoBo - If wanting to save the SLI option,the WS Resolution can handle twin 560's + dedicated PhysX

Cooling - If budget is an issue, then grab the Scythe Mugen 2 which beats the 212 by 7C. Best air cooler seems to be the Silver Arrow. Best self contained wate rcooler, the Antec 620.

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April 2, 2011 2:57:55 AM

do you want a nvidia gpu because the 6950 is pretty good too. If nvidia definitely 560 ti it has great performance per/dollar. dont get ram because of its fancy heatsinks though.
the scythe mugen is good but if you think about overclocking get the h60 or antec kuhler h20.
April 2, 2011 6:42:42 PM

Ok.. Definitively going for a new gpu(thanks JackNaylorPE) The Geforce 560Ti. I've decided going for the Asus Mobo, since i've read a lot of good reviews. I'm going down in the ram and getting
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682023127...
since yeah i'm thinking in overclocking ill probably get a better cooler then(thanks youed and JackNaylorPE). Antec kuhler h20
about the case i switch to the antec 908 v3.. and still considering going for full tower..

April 9, 2011 2:07:32 AM

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