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How is this gaming build? Advice please.

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December 27, 2011 10:37:23 PM
December 27, 2011 11:58:13 PM

Hello EnvyX2. Here are my suggestions for making a worthwhile gaming PC. Based on these components, you should be able to game at 1080p at ease on all high settings.
1. You are paying way too much for the RAM. It is worthless unless you plan on heavily overclocking.
2. Also, what is your budget? We cannot complete it otherwise.

General Recommendations with Links:

Get this ram instead:

Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600

Motherboard- 2 Choices

For NO SLI/Crossfire- Single Video Card/GPU ONLY

ASUS P8Z68-V LX

For SLI/Crossfire- More than 1 Video Card/GPU

Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3

Next, you need an SSD. This will be useful for Z68 SSD caching. Also, here's a an extra SATA III cable.

OCZ Solid 3 60GB
SATA III Cable

Then, you need an PSU. Again, here are 2 choices:

For NO SLI/Crossfire- Single Video Card/GPU ONLY- This one has plenty of wattage for powerful video cards. Though, I wouldn't recommend putting more than a Radeon 6970 on it. For more powerful single card setups and dual card setups, see the next PSU.

OCZ Fatal1ty 550w Modular 80 Plus

For SLI/Crossfire- More than 1 Video Card/GPU- This has more wattage and amperage at a relatively low price point. Plus, its modular.

OCZ Fatal1ty 750w Modular 80 Plus Bronze

Like the previous guy said, a dedicated CPU cooler is necessary for good overclocking:

Cooler Master Hyper N 520- It is a little smaller than the Hyper 212+, but is still a solid little overclocker.

Also, here's a great case. It's got plenty of room and won an Editor's Choice for Budget Cases from Anandtech. It also has a built in 2.5 in bay. Though, it needs a little more cooling capacity. Take 3 of the following fan and add them in.

Bitfenix Outlaw
3x Kingwin 120mm Long Life

Hope this helped!
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December 28, 2011 5:01:49 AM

ilikemacandpc said:
Hello EnvyX2. Here are my suggestions for making a worthwhile gaming PC. Based on these components, you should be able to game at 1080p at ease on all high settings.
1. You are paying way too much for the RAM. It is worthless unless you plan on heavily overclocking.
2. Also, what is your budget? We cannot complete it otherwise.

General Recommendations with Links:

Get this ram instead:

Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600

Motherboard- 2 Choices

For NO SLI/Crossfire- Single Video Card/GPU ONLY

ASUS P8Z68-V LX

For SLI/Crossfire- More than 1 Video Card/GPU

Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3

Next, you need an SSD. This will be useful for Z68 SSD caching. Also, here's a an extra SATA III cable.

OCZ Solid 3 60GB
SATA III Cable

Then, you need an PSU. Again, here are 2 choices:

For NO SLI/Crossfire- Single Video Card/GPU ONLY- This one has plenty of wattage for powerful video cards. Though, I wouldn't recommend putting more than a Radeon 6970 on it. For more powerful single card setups and dual card setups, see the next PSU.

OCZ Fatal1ty 550w Modular 80 Plus

For SLI/Crossfire- More than 1 Video Card/GPU- This has more wattage and amperage at a relatively low price point. Plus, its modular.

OCZ Fatal1ty 750w Modular 80 Plus Bronze

Like the previous guy said, a dedicated CPU cooler is necessary for good overclocking:

Cooler Master Hyper N 520- It is a little smaller than the Hyper 212+, but is still a solid little overclocker.

Also, here's a great case. It's got plenty of room and won an Editor's Choice for Budget Cases from Anandtech. It also has a built in 2.5 in bay. Though, it needs a little more cooling capacity. Take 3 of the following fan and add them in.

Bitfenix Outlaw
3x Kingwin 120mm Long Life

Hope this helped!

WOW! Thank you, this helped a lot, I am almost finished, now I just have to pick out a case. I have a few questions though:
1. These parts should all be compatible right?
2. The SSD replaces the hard drive right? So I don't have to purchase a hard drive.
3. How is the graphics card? Is it good, bad? I want to be able to run some pretty heavy games like Skyrim or BF3/CoD or something at a pretty high quality. Diablo 3 as well.
Thanks :) 
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December 28, 2011 8:20:48 PM

What do you guys think of the graphics card? I have not reached my budget yet I think.
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December 29, 2011 4:56:13 AM

OK, well looks like everything is coming together. Anymore comments guys?
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