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Old 04-28-2011, 04:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all,

I'm looking to build a gaming rig for under $1200. So far this is my build:

PSU: RAIDMAX Blackstone series RX-700AC 700W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active ...

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100312-1GSR Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

CASE: RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEB 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX6GX3M3A1600C9

HDD: HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.C HDS721010CLA332 (0F10383) 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

CPU: Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950

MONITOR: ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1

Already have a mouse, disk drive, and operating system is free for me.
I accounted for a keyboard in my price which is currently $1116, with Mail-In-Rebates this price will be: $1034.

I have already purchased the RAM and HDD, but please let me know how this looks, and if everything is compatible in this build, and if it will all fit in my case. It's my first build so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!
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The Raidmax power supply is a bad choice, buy a more reliable unit even if it has less watts.

This would be a good choice.
Newegg.com - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

This is a little cheaper.
Newegg.com - Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

And this is a little cheaper still.
Newegg.com - OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7
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Well, i would say get sandy bridge Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more! but I'm not sure if that triple channel memory will work with that motherboard...anyone know?
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i don't think that the mobo does support triple channel but im not 100% about that
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the sandy bridge works with dual channel. I would consider buying a i5 2500, or the 2500k if you're overclocking, they are a lot faster than the old i7 950.
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Well, i would say get sandy bridge Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more! but I'm not sure if that triple channel memory will work with that motherboard...anyone know?

no such thing as "X" channel memory.

you put in 2 sticks of the triple channel kit, it becomes dual channel.
you buy 2 kits of dual channel memory, put 3 sticks in a triple channel board, it becomes triple channel.
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Thanks for clearing that up. I thought as much being that you can buy individual sticks, but I wasn't sure.
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