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Old 01-29-2011, 01:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Im building a new computer for gaming in about a month, but would appreciate some feed back on what I've got. I play mostly World of Warcraft, but I plan on picking up others like BRINK, RIFT, FireFall.. some more graphics intense games.. So if you guys can let me know if I am on track for building a good gaming machine would be great. I'm aiming for spending like $800-$900. I'm willing to make adjustments.

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Newegg.com - Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan

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Newegg.com - MSI P67A-GD55 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Newegg.com - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GV-R695D5-2GD-B Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Newegg.com - XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W ATX12V 2.2 / ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Hard Drive:
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Newegg.com - G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT

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MoBo + CPU:
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Newegg.com - MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

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Same Mobo / CPU ( + free 3DMark11 )
Better PSU
Better GPU
Better Memory

Comes in around $810

+ $35 from MiR's

Also from Personal Prefrence i would go with this HDD and use the 6.0Gb/s


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$810 is pretty great, the original build I posted brought me to about $775 pre-rebate. I was looking at trying to find some benchmarks between a 6950 and the 560, but havent found any yet. I'd like to see how they stand against eachother. The GPU is one part I can't fully decide on either.
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I hope you did not purchase that P67 MOBO yet. If so, your best bet is to obtain and refund or wait until the vendor offers a replacement MB sometime in April.

I recommend you NOT build your Sandy Bridge rig just yet because Intel recently released a report of a major flaw in their chips on the new P67 MOBO's. You can read about it here:

Intel Identifies Chipset Design Error, Implementing Solution

The SATA II controllers are prone to fail.

Most motherboard manufacturers are saying they will not be releasing the new mobos until late April.

You may want to wait.

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Old 02-03-2011, 10:35 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Is there a different motherboard that would still work well with my build? I won't be building my computer nor ordering parts until late Fabruary into early March. According to that info from your link, it seems that "most" issues should be handled by then, continuing into April..
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