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New Gaming Rig - What do you think of my build?

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November 7, 2011 2:31:37 PM

Hey folks,

I'm building a new system, and would like some advice on the parts that I've selected. My current motherboard just bit the dust, so I'm in a bit of a rush to get this ordered and shipped, but I also want to make sure I'm getting the right parts. I want this gaming rig to last a good 5 years, just like the system that I'm replacing.


Approximate Purchase Date: This week if possible

Budget Range: $1000 - 1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Graphics Card

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: I'm sold on Intel as my chip of choice. For Motherboards, I prefer ASUS, and Gigabyte, but I'm open to other brands.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Would like to build the system to SLI at a future date.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: The only bad thing about my old system was the white noise. I want the case fans and PSU to be as quiet as possible.


Processor: Intel i7 2700 Sandy Bridge : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- I was originally going to use one of the 6-Core i7 processors, but after reading a lot of reviews, basically it seems like these processors offer little to no improvement for gaming, so I decided to stick with Sandy Bridge. Good decision?

Motherboard: Asus P8ZP68-v : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- This motherboard seems balanced between price and everything I need. It has two PCI-e 3.0 slots for me to SLI my video card in the future, and two 6 Gig/s SATA for my hard drive.

Memory: GSkill 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- I've had good experience with GSkill and their memory in the past. The 7 cas latency on this memory looks good, and it's only slightly more expensive.

Graphics Card: I already own the EVGA GTX 580 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- This is an awesome card. Bought it back in May so that my current system could play The Witcher 2. I'm loving it still. Including it here just so people know what I'm going to be plugging in.

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- Is it worth it to pay the extra bucks for a 6.0Gb/s drive? I'm assuming so, but I don't have one currently. I could save some money by going with SATA 3.0Gb/s

DVD Drive : ASUS 24X DVD Burner SATA : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- Just because my current DVD drive is IDE and I need a SATA one. I don't really need a Blu-Ray player.

Case : COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- It's relatively cheap, I like the hard drive bays, and the case fans are supposedly pretty quiet.

PSU : Cooler Master 600 Watt : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- I helped a friend of mine build a new computer last year, and he sold me on Cooler Master. Their stuff is just so QUIET. This one seemed to get good reviews, and it meets the requirements for my graphics card. I know I'll have to get a more powerful one down the road if I decide to SLI.



Well, what do you think? Any tips or things I should change?

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November 7, 2011 3:43:30 PM

Hmm thanks for the tip on the memory and the case.

What's the optimum voltage for memory on a Sandybridge? 1.5?
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November 7, 2011 3:54:14 PM

6.0gb/s is unnecessary for a mechanical hard drive as they cannot fully saturate the 3.0 gb/s.
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November 7, 2011 7:26:03 PM

As long as it's below 1.5V it doesn't really matter it's just higher voltages could damage the CPU because that's where the memory controller is.
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