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Old 03-07-2010, 12:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Need advice - Building a new gaming rig!

hello everyone!

so i'm buying some new computer parts for a computer i'm building and i was wondering if you could provide some feedback on the system build before i order all of the parts.
This computer will be a gaming/entertainment computer so please keep that in mind while reviewing all of the parts and their functionality.

Here are some of my main concerns:
  • Whether or not the motherboard and processor are compatible
  • if running two of the graphics cards in SLI is a good idea or if there is a better single-card solution
  • which RAM sticks to buy
  • whether or not newegg is a good online retailer to buy from
  • spacing/power issues
  • whether or not there are better deals/components out there (recommendations are greatly appreaciated)

SSD
Kingston SSDNow V Series SNV425-S2/64GB 2.5" 64GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Retail

HDD
HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.C HDS721010CLA332 (0F10383) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache

Processor
AMD Phenom II X4 965

Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-790FXTA-UD5 AM3 AMD

Graphics Card
Newegg.ca - EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Card Reader
Koutech IO-FPM522 All-in-one USB 2.0 5.25"

RAM
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Case
Apevia X-Cruiser

PSU
Rosewill Xtreme Series RX850-S-B 850W Continuous

CPU Fan
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro

Optical Drives
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW
LITE-ON Black 4X BD-ROM

Thanks a lot for all of your help
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What is your budget? The gpu is pretty weak in comparison for a gaming machine.
psu is overpowered.
a ssd is great and fast but that money may be better served on a gpu upgrade depending upon budget.
Do you really need a blu ray player?
do you really need a card reader?

OS windows 7 home premium 64bit.
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You don't need 850watts for a PSU. It would be better to get a PSU from a better brand:

Newegg.ca - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies
same price as the rosewill and still way more than you need.

Do you really need such an expensive motherboard. Also, the 955 is better value as its extremely easy to get it to 965 speeds. Here's a combo that'll save you some money:
Newegg.ca - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!

I recommend this hard drive:
Newegg.ca - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Now, like hefe said, for a gaming you computer, you really need to splurge on a good video card.

You want a monster?
Newegg.ca - XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Too expensive? here's another champ:
Newegg.ca - XFX HD-585A-ZNDC Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) XXX Edition 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
you can probably find a cheaper one on a different website, no need to get the xxx version.

And if the 5850 is too expensive, then there's this one which is also good:
Newegg.ca - XFX HD-577X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

I don't recommend you go any lower than the 5770; if you need to save money cut the budget from somewhere else, or else this won't really be a gaming rig.

and of course as hefe said, win7 64bit.
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