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May 2, 2011 4:33:48 AM

Hi everyone!

I need your opinion on my new gaming computer setup. I am using iBUYPOWER to actually build it for me. I am looking to run NASCAR Racing 2003 Season, a racing simulator. So I do not need anything too fancy when compared to WoW, for example. But, I still desire a great experience pulling over 100 fps.

Here is what I have come up with thus far:

Case:
NZXT Gamma Gaming Case Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor:
AMD Athlon™ II X2 260 Dual-Core CPU with Liquid CPU Cooling System [AMD]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory:
4 GB [2 GB X2] DDR3-1600 Memory Module - Corsair or Major Brand

Video Card:
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 - 1GB - Single Card

Motherboard:
[CrossFire] ASUS M4A87TD EVO -- AMD 870 w/ 2x PCI-E 2.0 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply:
750 Watt -- Corsair CMPSU-750TX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive:
750 GB HARD DRIVE -- 64M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s - Single Drive

Optical Drive:
24X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive - Black

Operating System:
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

Also, I'm looking into having a wireless internet connection.
Specifically, I'm eyeing the ASUS USB-N13 IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wireless Adapter.
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
I own a Linksys WRT54G router at the moment. I have read where this Wireless adapter works great that router.

What do you think?

Thanks in advance for taking time to help out a rookie like me!
May 2, 2011 4:49:10 AM

I'd stay away from the gamma case. It is a really crappy case. My wife has one and the front USBs never worked well, the air flow is terrible and is too open in that you get a ton of dust and run the risk of spilling anything into if it's out in the open >.>

For a processor I'd go a little beefier and get a x4 900 series.

Your power supply is over kill. I'd go down to 500-550W.

I'm also assuming you don't plan to SLI your graphics card since you are buying a non SLI motherboard.
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May 2, 2011 2:02:21 PM

Im not such a big fan of AMD Processors but thats my opinion also heard they are having lots of trouble keeping up with Intel again

the build seems pretty good 550w would probably be fine but if the 750w is a good deal for the money go for the 750w
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May 4, 2011 1:32:53 AM

Your better off ditching the water cooling and getting a quad core proc.

Also 750W is overkill unless you plan on adding a video card keep the 750.

Also if you want a cheaper price consider custompcandrepairs.com.

They are a custom pc shop in Waldorf, MD and they do shipments and stuff and ussually beat out ibuypower a lot.
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May 7, 2011 7:35:55 PM

Guys, thanks for your help.

I have decided to go with the AMD Phenom™ II X4 840 Quad-Core CPU and drop the water cooling.

For my selected video card, I am going to keep the 750W.

I will also look into custompcandrepairs.com.

Again, thanks for all of the help. :D 
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