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June 8, 2011 8:03:55 AM

Hey guys just posting this on the forums because ive decided to build my own PC, i dont know to much about this stuff but your opinions and advice on my build would be great! This computers purpose is mainly gaming i don't do much else on computers except research and browsing but as i said im a fairly big gamer. A question that i do have though is, are all my parts compatible ?

Any comments will be appreciated. Cheers!

Case: Corsair Micro CC800DW

CD Drive: Pioneer DVR-219LBK

CPU: Intel Core i7 960 3.2Ghz, 8MB Cache, 1066Mhz FSB, Quad Core

Hard Drive: Seagate 1TB Barracuda 7200 - (Might get two of these)

Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X58 MB, Socket 1366, X58, 6 x DDR3, SLI / CrossFire Support, RAID, 8 Channel HD Audio, Gigabit LAN, ATX

Memory: Corsair 12GB Kit (3x4GB), PC-12800 (1600MHz) DDR3, Dominator DHX, 9-9-9-24, Triple Channel Kit

Power: Thermaltake TR2 Bronze 800W PSU - 80 Plus Bronze, Active PFC, Ultra Quiet 12cm Fan

Video Card: FX Radeon HD6950 (800Mhz), 2GB GDDR5 (5000Mhz), PCI-E 2.1, Fan Cooler, Dual DVI, HDMI 1.4a, Dual Mini DisplayPort 1.2

Monitor: LG 23" Ultra Slim LED Widescreen, Black, 1920x1080, 5ms, 5M:1, HDMI, DVI

Keyboard: Logitech Compact Keyboard K300

Software: Windows 7 Professional

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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
June 8, 2011 8:12:12 AM

Your parts are compatible , but they are not your best choice in that price range

And Intel i5 2500K
2 x 4 gig of RAM
and a Z68 or P67 motherboard will perform better and run cooler

You will only need a 650 watt psu

and why Win 7 Pro?
You dont need any of the features of the Pro version for the usage you mention .

Do make sure you get a 64 bit version
June 8, 2011 8:15:37 AM

Ok thats fine, but

wouldn't an Intel i7 Run better ?
isnt 12 gig ram necessary for a gaming computer?

will i only need 650 watt if i get the P67 or Z68 ?
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June 8, 2011 8:38:41 AM

Case Thermaltake Black Chaser MK-I Full Tower
CPU Intel Core i5 2500K
Motherboard ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Motherboard B3
Graphics EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD x2
RAM G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3
HDD Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB WD1002FAEX
HDD 2 Corsair Force Series 3 120GB SSD
Power Seasonic X-850 80Plus Gold 850W
Optical Samsung SH-222AB SATA DVDRW Drive
CPU Fan CoolerMaster Hyper TX3
This is what I plan to build it is far better for games, the processer is the next gen compared to yours and for games it will be fine. 8GB of ram is more than enough for anything gaming, and you can upgrade to 16GB later.
This relitively equal processing power for a lower price. You need to put more in graphics and less in RAM, processing and the motherboard (in terms of price not performence)
Hope this helps
June 8, 2011 8:42:58 AM

Well thanks so much! thats a lot of help. even veteran above ^ said that 8GB of RAM was enough and that i should get a Z68.

What is your graphics card like is that better then the XFX Radeon 6950HD ?

how much will this rig of yours cost compared to mine. all of mine will end up being $1744 not including keyboard windows and monitor
June 8, 2011 8:46:38 AM

patrick carosella said:
Ok thats fine, but

wouldn't an Intel i7 Run better ?
isnt 12 gig ram necessary for a gaming computer?

will i only need 650 watt if i get the P67 or Z68 ?

Not for gaming.

i7-960 pales in comparison to the new SB chips, even the i5 2500k ;) 

The only benefit of the 960 is the added threads, which aren't used in gaming. So right now, the i5 2500k is the optimal intel gaming CPU price/performance wise.

Nope, 4GB is actually optimal, though RAM is so cheap now that you would still benefit from getting an extra 4GB to take yourself to 8GB total.
June 8, 2011 8:53:49 AM

look like im going with the i5 2500k then and the 8GB RAM - so this would mean that i should change my mother board correct. i think i might go with the Motherboard ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Motherboard B3 then. And supposedly since its a gaming computer i should put more into graphics, in my current build i have the XFX Radeon 6950 HD - someone above suggested the Graphics EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD x2 which would be better for gaming ?

would all of this still fit in the Corsair Obsidian 800D case. i really like this one :D 
a c 136 B Homebuilt system
June 8, 2011 9:11:25 AM

Its not just gaming that the i5 2500k is superior .

If you look at the CHARTS section of this website , and have a look at the latest processor charts ..............


The GTX 570 is a little stronger than the 6950 , but this depends on which game you are playing sometimes . Either is fine at 1080p.
If you go wityh the nVidia card then check your motherboard can run SLI which is nVidias multiple graphics card technology


June 8, 2011 9:14:57 AM

ahh ok thanks, would anyone like to suggest a good motherboard Motherboard ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Motherboard B3 isnt on the website that im buying my parts from. im going with the:

i5 2500k
Graphics EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD x2

Cheers :D 
a c 136 B Homebuilt system
June 8, 2011 9:28:31 AM

without knowing the website you are buying from its hard to make a comment ....
June 8, 2011 9:39:31 AM

I live Australia so I don't know local prices but over here it's cheaper in terms of the motherboard and processer. Yes the gtx 570s are better than the 6950. Both will play currnet games but the 570 has the edge and with 2 of them it will play any game for years. The mobo i suggested is good for sli. If you can't find it go the asus p8p67 pro. it's almost the same for what you need
June 8, 2011 9:59:51 AM

wait do you live in aus. I just saw the URL its got the .au if you do order of PC Case Gear they are the best. They have great customer service and better prices than the other site http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php
June 8, 2011 10:08:59 AM

just had a look at your case its way overpriced a good case should cost no more than 200 I suggest the antec 1200 the haf X or anything below.
June 8, 2011 10:58:58 AM

fuckn dope case. lovin this feedback you guys are legends!
June 8, 2011 12:48:58 PM

I'm getting a mechanical keyboard. don't know what there like heard there good, other than that i got nothing
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