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Old 01-05-2011, 11:43 AM   #11 (permalink)
 
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^Nah.. its ever since GTA i think... Thats why i want a sr-2.... 24cores of SOLITAIRE
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Thanks everyone for the advice!! I will get the quad core i5-760 for sure!!

I could OC this chip, right? Is it recommended to get an aftermarket cooler, or is stock fine?

If I wanted to get an nVidia video card, which would you recommend?

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stock till a point works, then temps will be to high.

A cooler will allow more.
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Why does the WLAN card have to be wireless N? I believe I have a Wireless G Router...

Just want to make sure I buy the right one!

Will this work: Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GN-WP01GS IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Wireless Adapter Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates 64/128 bit WEP, WPA, 802.1x, AES

I used this one in my previous desktop PC about 1 year ago with the same router..

Just want to be sure it's not a Motherboard compatibility issue....
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Wireless G will work too, but you can get a wireless N one for the same price and its more "future proof" so might as well get it. Not only does it have a wider range, but its also faster (if you ever get a wireless N router later on).
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Thanks for clearing that up!

So far, I have everything picked out except for the GPU, I'd like some feedback on my selections, as well as some recommendations for an nVidia GPU. I am thinking about the GTX 460 because I had the GTX 260 in my previous build and that was a great card. I will be running 1920x1080 resolution on a 23" LCD, so I need a decent card if I want to run on high details.

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Purchased

Case: Newegg.com - Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Case Fans: Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER R4-S2S-124K-GP 120mm Case Fan
Monitor: Newegg.com - Acer G235HAbd 23'' 5ms 1920x1080 WideScreen LCD monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1
WLAN: Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GN-WP01GS IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Wireless Adapter Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates 64/128 bit WEP, WPA, 802.1x, AES

Wish List

Mobo: Newegg.com - ASUS P7P55D-E LX LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Newegg.com - Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
CPU Cooler: Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
Memory: Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ
PSU: Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
HDD: Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
CD/DVD Drive: Newegg.com - ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - CD / DVD Burners
OS: Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - Operating Systems

I've gone a little bit over my budget, but that's okay. I am willing to spend ~$200 on the GPU.

I saw 3 different versions of the GTX 460 available on newegg:
-GTX 460 SE (1GB)
-GTX 460 (768 MB)
-GTX 460 (1 GB)

Obviously the latter being the best.

Is 1 GB a must for my desired resolution? My main game right now is Starcraft II. I know that is more CPU intense than GPU intense, but at 1920x1080, I would think I need some power.

Also, what about the new GTS 450. That seems pretty decent for a good price. Obviously not as good as the GTX 460....
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The differrence between 1 and 786 isn't much at your res, but I'd still go with 1 gig.

The 450 is like the gtx9800+/gts250 was to the 260. Its good, but the 46 is that much better.
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I would get the HDD big and patonb mentioned before since it has better performance than the Blue series: Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
If I were you I would wait for the sandybridge cpus to come out. Even if they don't fit your budget they should make the i5 760 price to drop.
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Thanks guys..I will probably be ordering everything in the wish list the week of January 16, so hopefully the prices will drop by then! If not, I will probably still buy it then since I am already suffering after 2 days without gaming

Maybe I will upgrade to this HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136320 since I have no use for 1TB.

The thing is, the Core 2 Duo E8400 that I bought 2 years ago is still the same price now that it was back then, so maybe the prices will remain the same....
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Yeah definitely stick with the WD Black series. 500GB is cool, but I think the 640GB is on sale right now tho...
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