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December 17, 2011 4:36:38 PM

I've been looking into building a gaming PC for a while now, and I think I've found all the parts I want.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge @ 3.1Ghz $189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: MSI Z68A-GD55 $169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6950 $239.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB (2x4GB) $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: CORSAIR TX750 750W $104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Chassis: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming Tower $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200RPM $84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: just under $880 :D 

Now I have several questions about all this. First, I was wondering if all the components are compatible. Second, am I getting the best for my money? And also, the motherboard has 3.0x16 PCIe slots, and I don't know if the 2.1x16 video card I chose will fit in this. I'm pretty satisfied with how I suspect this will perform, so if there is any way I can cut the cost of this, please let me know!

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December 17, 2011 4:41:41 PM

Looks decent, you could go better though.
Check out my build here for $850.
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Just get this HDD instead since F3's are pricy now.
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59705&vpn=WD2500AAKX&m...

As for your questions, the board you've chosen has 3.0 slots but they do not work as such. The 3.0 slots on any board currently will not natively support PCI 3.0 unless you have an Ivy Bridge CPU in it. Those are Intel's next gen chips probs to be released sometime at the end of next year.

As for the PCI, the basics are that all PCI gens are backwards compatible, So yes, the PCI 2.1 will work.

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December 17, 2011 4:52:57 PM

Thanks man! I'm looking at your build now, but really thanks a lot! Also my dad has an Apple Cinema HD 30" display, with DVI, and I'm not sure whether or not it will work for my PC. Thanks again.
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December 17, 2011 5:17:28 PM

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Thanks man! I'm looking at your build now, but really thanks a lot! Also my dad has an Apple Cinema HD 30" display, with DVI, and I'm not sure whether or not it will work for my PC. Thanks again.


All video cards have DVI inputs, you should be fine.

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Now I have several questions about all this. First, I was wondering if all the components are compatible.


You shouldn't have to worry about that. All I'd say is double check the RAM but you should be good.

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Second, am I getting the best for my money? And also, the motherboard has 3.0x16 PCIe slots, and I don't know if the 2.1x16 video card I chose will fit in this.


These would be my suggestions. The card will fit but I think I'd be more inclined to suggest a better case.

This would be a far better board for the same money: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This would be a better case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And I might be inclined to suggest the Sapphire 6950 over the Gigabyte 6950.

Otherwise your build looks pretty good, I'd say go for it.
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December 17, 2011 7:13:42 PM

Sounds good, but I think that I'm gonna use the build that aznshinobi suggested. Happy Holidays!
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December 17, 2011 10:45:45 PM

Happy Holidays!
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December 17, 2011 10:54:14 PM

Save yourself some money and buy a 6870 instead of that 6950 because when OCed 6870 can reach same performance and even better than a single 6950 plus 6870 scales the best when in CFX plus 6870 is cheaper.
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December 17, 2011 11:15:42 PM

The 6950 can be OC'd to the 6970 level whats your point?
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December 28, 2011 4:26:07 AM

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