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First time Builder - Check my Specs!

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September 12, 2011 1:33:14 AM

I've been a big PC gamer fan for years now but I've never had to luxuary to game on anything other than a stock laptop intended for general workstation uses. Now that I'm out of college and working (took awhile to find a job in this economy but I'm one of the lucky ones for the moment) I want to spend some money and build a great first home built rig. I've thought long and hard and I've come to the following specs. Take note, I wanted to set myself up for adding on in the future so that I may easily install dual or triple GPUs. At any rate, here is my build. I would appreciate any tips or advice and if anyone can point out any crucial flaws that would be great as well. Thank you!


Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 Mid Tower


Processor: Intel Core i7 960 Processor


Motherboard: Asus Sabetooth x58 (SLI/CrossFire, USB 3.0 and SATA 6g)


RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16 GB (4x4GB) 240 PIN DDR3


GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 1.5 GB GDDR5 w/PhysX


Power: 1200 Watt Silverstone ST-1200G 80+ Gold Cert Modular Power Supply


Hard Drive: 750 GB Internal HD 600 MBps - 7200rpm


Optical Drive 8x Lite-On Blu-Ray reader & DVD Lightscribe Combo Drive


OS: Windows 7


Headset: Logitech G35


Keyboard: Razer Black Widow


Mouse: Logitech G500


Monitor: Asus 27" Widescreen Flat-Panel LCD HD Monitor




Total Est Price: $2,600
September 12, 2011 1:42:23 AM

Is there a reason for sticking with the 1366 Socket? The newer LGA1155 paired with the i7 2600K would give you better performance and room for the Ivy Bridge core update should you need it in the future.

Also to quote someone: "The X58 chipset doesn't support "full x16 PCI-E in all three slots". In a single/dual/triple card configuration, it respectively runs at x16, x16/x16, and x16/x8/x8."
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