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April 17, 2011 10:59:12 PM

Hi everybody!

I posted a few questions yesterday trying to make sure I picked out all the right/compatible components for my new gaming PC. I was recommended a few things and I am getting ready to place my order at tonight! I would just like to get some professional assistance to make sure everything looks OK. I also have a few questions about a couple compnents that I will include in the list. So here we go . . .

Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 430

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge

Ram: Not sure which one to get? Do I really need 8GB?

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) Or G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) ???

GPU: XFX HD-697A-CNFC Radeon HD 6970

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W (Is modular worth the extra $$$?)

CD/DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner (out of stock at newegg, any suggestions on different drives?)

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB (I'm open to suggestion, are there any faster/cheaper/more reliable HDDs? Are certain types of HDDs better for my motherboard?)

By the way, the total price is at $1,073 in case anyone looking at this post is wanting to build a new PC as well.

Thank You

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April 17, 2011 11:11:59 PM

No you don't need more than 4GB for a gaming build. You should just get get any old set for $40, but if possible make sure that the voltage is at most 1.6V, it should be below 1.65V tho.
G.Skill, Geil, Corsair, Kingston are just four good brands to choose from - there are probably others but I can't remember what they are atm.

It's not just modularity, it's higher efficiency and better all round performance. The Elite 430 is not going to be a particularly easy case to get things tidy in so yes I do think the modularity is worth it in that case.
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April 18, 2011 12:35:21 AM

Ok, so im going to go with the corsair modular 750 watt. And thanks for the promo codes! saves me $20. And I made Sure that the RAM is 1.5 volts.

Anything other recommendations on cd drives or HDD?
a b B Homebuilt system
April 18, 2011 12:44:34 AM

the samsung spinpoint is great.

this PSU is a better choice than the Corsair HX750:
Both are actually made by seasonic (Corsair rebrands it) and the Seasonic X750 is simply cheaper (with the promo code) and higher quality.

the recommendation i will make on the DVD drive may sound silly: they all do the same thing with roughly the same reliability, and i doubt you will use it much. Get one that does not have WHITE TEXT on the front. It will be ugly. I would go with:
April 18, 2011 4:53:17 AM

I just got what I think is a very good deal for the Asus P8P67 Pro and 8GB:

82E16820139254 FLDRV 2G|KST DTIG3/2GBZ R 1 6.99
N82E16813131703 MB ASUS|P8P67 PRO (REV 3.0) P67 R 1 174.99
N82E16820231445 MEM 4Gx2|GSKILL F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM 1 119.99

After discounts, but before tax, it comes to $243.
April 18, 2011 5:08:21 PM

Thanks for the help guys, ive decided to go with the 750 watt modular seasonic and 4gb of gskill ram. So now my order is away and all i have to do now is wait . . . Thanks for the help!
April 18, 2011 5:08:52 PM

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