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Old 12-04-2008, 11:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My budget is around $1500 and my goal with this build is to have a gaming computer that can play newer games at mid-high settings and also be future proof. Something that I can upgrade down the road and will have some longevity.

Here is what I have picked out so far:
Case: Antec 900 ($110.00)
CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz ($295.00)
MB: ASUS P6T Deluxe LGA 1366 Intel X58 ($300.00)
RAM:CORSAIR XMS3 3GB (3 x 1GB) DDR3 1600 ($130.00)
HD:Western Digital Caviar Black 750GB ($90)
PSU: Antec NeoPower 650W Blue ($140.00)
GC: EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB ($260.00)
OS: MW Vista Home Premium 64 bit ($223.00)
Optical: LG Black 22X DVD Burner with LightScribe ($26.00)
CPU Cooler: XIGMATEK 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler ($37.00)

The total comes out to $1611 before taxes.
So my questions are, 1) what do you think of my choices? 2) Am I overspending on any part/area? 3) Is the aftermarket CPU cooler necessary if I only want to overclock the CPU up to 3GHz?

Any advice and input would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 12-04-2008, 11:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Your choices are fine except your CPU cooler because it is not compatible with LGA 1366. You should very easily attain 3 GHz with the stock cooler.

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Old 12-05-2008, 05:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You can probably save some money by getting a Gigabyte board but what you have there is good. I cant remember if Xigamtek had a 1366 mounting bracket though.
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Xigmatek will be releasing the new 1366 bracket for the rifle sometime in mid-December.

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"Please take the chairs away. I don't like them. The big one is staring at me and that short one is being very droll."
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Old 12-05-2008, 10:43 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Do I need to do anything to get 1600 DDR3 to run in the Asus board?
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Don't call this a Mid Ranged, that makes my desktop seem like a pile of crap!

My Current PC-
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Seagate 500gb HD | Western Digital 500gb HD | VisionTek HD4870 | 4gb Cruical Ballistix Tracer DDR2 800
850w Thermaltake PSU | Cooler Master Centurian 590 | 2x Dell 22" LCD

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