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Does this look like a decent build for gaming?

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August 26, 2011 8:47:12 AM
a b B Homebuilt system
August 26, 2011 10:55:37 AM

The only thing that concerns me is the copy of Win7 you linked. I'm pretty sure (and the reviews seem to agree) that you need an existing install of windows to use an upgrade like that. For new builds OEM copies are the best and are $20 cheaper than the one you referenced. Just make sure you get 64-bit.

Other than that it's a good build and things are compatible. You seem to know what you're doing, but some things to think about:
-SSD to increase boot speed and load speed. It needs to be big enough to actually hold games, though, so it will get expensive.
-A gaming machine doesn't need onboard video so you could go with a P67 board to save a little money. The onboard video is a nice backup, though.
-What monitor are you using? A 6950 isn't much use on a 1600 resolution.
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August 26, 2011 11:25:06 AM

I'm using a 1920 X 1080 res monitor.
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 26, 2011 11:29:24 AM

Looks perfectly fine to me. I do however recommend adding a smaller HDD for OS (that 1TB takes forever to boot). A 500GB is an additional $40, and will boot in 1/4 the time. Or you can go with an SSD, if you have $200 to burn.
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August 26, 2011 11:43:32 AM

I put a 1TB WD Black into my last build as the initial boot drive (it is now the system backup drive to a SSD). I have no numbers, but it "felt" like the fastest magnetic drive I can remember. I couldn't tell you why a 500GB drive would boot in "1/4 the time;" and don't believe that could be true unless the 1TB drive were defective.
I will say though, that it is perhaps the noisiest 3.5" SATA drive I've ever used. It certainly isn't horrible, but you'll know when it's busy.
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August 26, 2011 1:04:28 PM

IH8U said:
Looks perfectly fine to me. I do however recommend adding a smaller HDD for OS (that 1TB takes forever to boot). A 500GB is an additional $40, and will boot in 1/4 the time. Or you can go with an SSD, if you have $200 to burn.


A 500GB drive will be cheaper than a 1TB drive, not $40 more. I've also never heard of a boot taking longer simply because the drive is larger. 1TB boot drives are pretty standard these days.

If you want a cheaper and quieter drive, though, the Samsung Spinpoint F3 is a great drive.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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