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March 28, 2012 10:26:40 PM

I am looking to build a gaming pc, but I am going to be buying it in the summer, am I better off waiting til the summer, to see prices drop? Or do they usually rise in the summer with new products being available? Also.. here is my current build plans:

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

GIGABYTE GV-R695OC-1GD Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650M 650W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Semi Modular High Performance ...

Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...

GeIL Enhance CORSA 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model GEC316GB1600C9QC

(They gave me a combo deal on the 16gb RAM, and the Core, so that is the reason I am getting 16gb.)

Scythe SY124010L 40mm Chipset Fan(Also part of the combo)

Are these compatible, and will the be obsolete by the time 3-4 months rolls around?

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March 28, 2012 10:30:58 PM

That's a pretty good selection for the most part - love the Corsair Carbide. 16GB is unnecessary for a gaming rig however. The extra fan is also unnecessary - the Carbide is extremely well ventilated and includes plenty of fans to start with - but you should also get a Hyper 212 Evo if you're going 2500K.

As far as the GPU goes - the 6950 is decent but it's based on aging architecture. You should check out the new 7850 as it's been completely redesigned from the ground up and getting rave reviews: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 28, 2012 10:32:29 PM

That ram has tall heat sink/spreader - may get in the way of your cooler. You may want to consider a HD7850 gpu.
-Bruce
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March 28, 2012 10:36:23 PM

I will consider getting the 7850, maybe the price will drop by the summer(3-4 months) This is my first pc, so I'm not sure about the spacing so thank you for the warning, do you suggest getting regular RAM cards instead of the ones with heatsink? I wanted to get heatsink/spreader RAM to just improve and insure no overheating will happen. Also the reason I got the 16gb RAM was there was a combo deal with the Intel i5 core, and it was only 10$ more for 8gb more of RAM. Ram can only improve your computer correct?
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April 14, 2012 2:05:18 PM

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