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800$ gaming PC

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July 7, 2011 1:22:08 AM

Hi!

First of all, I'm Spanish, so the prices here are in Euros, but i'll make the conversion to USD so you can make an idea :) 

This build I have in mind, it's with a budget in a range between 700-800$, and I have some doubts before buying it.

This is what I have so far:

CPU: Intel Core i5 2400 ~224$

MoBo: Gigabyte GA-Z68P-DS3-B3 ~157$

RAM: Kingston Hyper-X DDR3 1600 1x4GB CL9 (1.65V) ~45$

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus ~103$

PSU: Gigabyte Odin 720W ~70$

GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX550 TI OC 1GB GDDR5 ~164$

Is that motherboard ok? 'Cause i didn't found anything on that motherboard. I would prefer Gigabyte or MSI over Asus.

And the RAM is really cheap (at least here, maybe it turns out a little expensive with the conversion), but the CL9 and the 1.65V concerns me, and the only 1.5V i can find is from G.Skill, either 2x2GB or 2x4GB.
I prefer 1x4GB now, and have the option to buy another in the future, but i only can find that Kingston.

In regard to the GPU, i know that maybe the HD6790 would be better, but I've had some traumatic experiences with ATI, especially in games, so I'd rather have Nvidia.

What do you think of my build? Could you help me?

Thanks for the time!

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July 7, 2011 2:57:36 AM

Where are you buying your parts?
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July 9, 2011 7:31:40 PM

get the 2 x 2GB RAM, most MoBo's are dual channel, allowing for best performace with 2 sticks of ram. And for Intel, you need RAM that is 1.5V, any higher and you risk damaging your system. As for the cas latency, the lower the better.
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July 12, 2011 7:03:14 PM

Thanks!

Last thing I want to know (well, 2 things :p ):

I'm thinking of buying a Corsair PSU instead of the Gigabyte one. Would a 500W PSU be enough for this build, or should I go for 600W?

Is that motherboard correct, maybe should I expend some more on it..?

Thanks in advance.
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