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October 6, 2011 1:59:08 AM

First of all I am new to building computers and this will be my first attempt at building my personal gaming computer so i appreciate any criticism and suggestions anyone has and if someone could answer my questions


Corsair CMPSU-800G Gaming Series GS800 800W - Power Supply $139.99 Will this be enough to power this rig?

Corsair CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 Vengeance 16GB PC12800 1600MHzDDR3-RAM $119.97 is it worth it to get 8GB Dominator instead?

Cooler Master RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced ATX - Mid-Tower Case $95.99 thinking about changing this to a full tower

EVGA 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 1536MB GDDR5 SuperClocked Video Card $479.97 Should I spend the extra $120 to get the 3GB DDR5?

ASUS P8P67 LE B3 Intel P67 - Motherboard $139.97 unsure of this motherboard many mixed reviews, suggestions?

Intel Core i5-2500K BX80623I52500 Unlocked Processor $219.97

HP HPDVD1270I Multiformat - DVD Writer $35.99

Western Digital WD1002FAEX 1TB Caviar Black Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200RPM, 64MB, SATA 6Gbs $79.97

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64BIT - Operating System Software $99.97

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a b 4 Gaming
October 6, 2011 2:56:11 AM

Hi there, welcome to the forums.

Good Build! I would change a few things though. First, can you fill this out and put it in your post? http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic... It would help tremendously.

PSU: Good, but it'll depend on budget. There are better options.
RAM: Overpriced, and you sure as hell don't need 16GB for gaming.
Case: Excellent, one of my favorite cases.
GPU: Not the best bang for buck, but it depends on your screen res.
Mobo: Definite better options. Depends on budget.
CPU: KEEP IT! Excellent choice.
DVD Writer: Overpriced. Sony Optiarc would be a better option.
HDD: Overpriced. Samsung Spinpoint F3 wins here.

Get back to me with the form and I'll add much more detail. As you can see, there's a few changes to make for the best performance/deals.

Cheers!
October 6, 2011 3:09:39 AM

ram, definitely get 8gb. you should get a 1000w psu if you plan to sli. other than that, pretty much what striker410 said
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October 6, 2011 4:49:22 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: asap


Budget Range:


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming. Period.


Parts Not Required: keyboard mouse monitor and speakers


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: TigerDirect.ca and possibly newegg


Country of Origin: Canada


Parts Preferences: I would like to use an i5-2500 cpu and gtx 580


Overclocking: In the future.


SLI or Crossfire: In the future


Monitor Resolution: Im using my 40" 1080p Sony Bravia TV

a b 4 Gaming
October 6, 2011 3:31:34 PM

You left out the Budget. I don't know if that was on purpose, but it's kinda important.
October 6, 2011 3:51:18 PM

well the cost of the build i put up is approx 1700 and i would like to keep it in that price range
a b 4 Gaming
October 6, 2011 4:25:17 PM

580 is way more than what's needed for 1080p gaming. 6950 should be enough and costs half as much.
a b 4 Gaming
October 6, 2011 4:25:22 PM

Alright! Lets get started.

First, when buying I would check NCIX.ca for parts before anything. They offer free shipping, while tigerdirect and newegg dont.

First I'd like to ask, why GTX 580? You'd get much more performance in your rig if you went with a pair of 6970's, which you can fit in your budget. I'll leave graphics wide open for now.

CPU: 2500k http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=57962&vpn=BX80623I52500K&m... (maybe get at newegg, depending on deals)

Mobo: ASRock Z68 Gen3 http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=63945&vpn=Z68%20Extreme3%2...

RAM: http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=60640&vpn=996995&manufactu...

Keep the case.

PSU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... (unless you go with GTX 580, that is.)

DVD drive: http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=60680&vpn=GH24LS70&manufac...

That gives you a lot of extra wiggle room, letting you add dual 6970's if you wish.
October 8, 2011 5:20:44 AM

If i were to go with the GTX 580 what would you suggest for a good 850 or 950 psu??
a b 4 Gaming
October 8, 2011 1:15:48 PM

Well it depends. The 750w would be PLENTY to run a single GTX 580, but in my mind i'd like to have the option to upgrade, where basically you need a kilowatt PSU. Yes they can run on 850w PSU's, but it's not nearly as efficient or good for the PSU.

Since you have plan to go SLI "In the future" I suggest a PSU like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Not a name brand, but the build quality seems excellent the price for features is pretty unbeatable. If you want the brand name, this is the one to go with IMO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And here's a pretty sweet bundle: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
October 8, 2011 2:52:28 PM

you just have the same Psu twice?
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