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    First Gaming Build

    Hi guys I've never built a computer but I am pretty confident in making my first gaming rig. I've been reading and learning a lot about everything in general. I want to make a new extreme gaming PC that's future proof.
    What I came up with is this build. I also plan to overclock but I only have the gist of it. Is it really hard to do?

    -Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

    -EVGA 132-BL-E758-A1 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

    -XFX GX260NADBF GeForce GTX 260 Black Edition Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
    I plan on buying 2 of these to run in SLI

    -COOLMAX CUG-950B 950W ATX12V V.2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    -Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920

    -CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C9

    -Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

    -SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S223Q

    -Logitech G5 2-Tone 7 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Laser Mouse

    -Logitech G11 Silver & Black USB Standard Gaming Keyboard

    -The last thing I need is a good CPU cooler, I want the best performance so I can overclock good. I Plan to overclock to about 4ghz in the end.

    This all comes down to $1960.90 pre-tax and shipping. (Not including the CPU cooler I'm going to buy)

    Do I need to alter anything? Could I be making a faster build that is cheaper and also future proof? Thanks in Advance

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    It looks alright I suppose. But I'm not a fan of Sli/Crossfire. I would get one powerful card rather than 2 weaker cards.
    Last edited by UnrealAlex; 11-29-08 at 04:11 PM.
    #1: C2D e6750@3.4, 1.41v with Ultima-90; GA-P35-DS3R; Crucial Ballistix 2GB; eVGA 8800GT 711/1750/975; Corsair HX520; X-Fi XtremeGamer; CM 690.

    #2: i5 2500k, Hyper212+, GA-Z68XP-UD3P, 8GB Corsair Vengeance, Corsair TX750M PSU, Gigabyte 6950 1Gb.

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    Thanks a bunch!
    Any idea as to what single graphics card I should buy that will get me great FPS on Crysis on max? Cuz thats what I was aiming for lol

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    The ATI 4870x2 is the most powerful single card I believe. Next is the GTX 280

    With a single card you can buy the Corsair TX750w, which is currently on sale for $69.99 after rebate


    Edit: I was looking at benchmarks at tomshardware.com, and it seems the GTX 260's in Sli out perform the 4870x2. Even a 9800 GX2 out performs it, I don't know if its driver issues or what. It's weird in some benchmarks the 4870x2 does better and in some it does worse. Just ignore what I said, it seems I don't know what I'm talking about :P Very contradictory tomshardware is...

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...rd,2064-7.html
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...2,2073-18.html
    Last edited by UnrealAlex; 11-29-08 at 05:08 PM.
    #1: C2D e6750@3.4, 1.41v with Ultima-90; GA-P35-DS3R; Crucial Ballistix 2GB; eVGA 8800GT 711/1750/975; Corsair HX520; X-Fi XtremeGamer; CM 690.

    #2: i5 2500k, Hyper212+, GA-Z68XP-UD3P, 8GB Corsair Vengeance, Corsair TX750M PSU, Gigabyte 6950 1Gb.

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    The 4870X2 still has the disadvantages of high power cost and the crossfire implementation. Unless you are running a resolution of 2560x1600 I wouldn't recommend an SLI/Crossfire setup.

    Processor - Intel Core i7 860 Motherboard - Intel DP55WB Video - AMD Radeon HD 5750 Memory - 4x 4GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 Storage - Intel X25-V, Samsung HD103SJ
    Optical - Samsung SH-S203B Power - Corsair CX400 Speakers - Polk Monitor 40/60, BIC F12 Audio - ASUS Xonar DG, Denon AVR 391 Network - Intel 82578DC, Linksys WRT400N
    Case - Corsair Carbide 300R Cooling - Corsair H100 Operating System - Windows 7 x64 Display - Dell E248WFP, Samsung LN46C630 Keyboard/Mouse - Dell Bluetooth Wireless
    Misc - Apple TV 2, Apple iPad 2, Apple iPhone 4S

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    i can play crysis with everything at very high (with the ultra quality mod) and 4xAA and it runs really good... that was at 1680 x 1050... ever since i got my new monitor crysis only seems to go to 1600 x 1000.... which i find strange....
    i5 4670K @ 4.5GHz with Corsair H60
    MSI Z87-G45 GAMING
    8GB Corsair DDR3 1800MHz
    MSI 7990 Liquid Cooled
    850w Akasa Venom
    1TB WD and 750GB WD Cavier Green
    Samsung SA700D 1920x1080 @ 120Hz

    "we should team up... dandy duff `n double bluff?" Bobbybubblehead

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandyduff View Post
    i can play crysis with everything at very high (with the ultra quality mod) and 4xAA and it runs really good... that was at 1680 x 1050... ever since i got my new monitor crysis only seems to go to 1600 x 1000.... which i find strange....
    Is that with the HD 4870 X2 in crossfire? Or just one Hd 4870 X2?

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    just one 4870x2... its with whats in my sig, except the monitor
    i5 4670K @ 4.5GHz with Corsair H60
    MSI Z87-G45 GAMING
    8GB Corsair DDR3 1800MHz
    MSI 7990 Liquid Cooled
    850w Akasa Venom
    1TB WD and 750GB WD Cavier Green
    Samsung SA700D 1920x1080 @ 120Hz

    "we should team up... dandy duff `n double bluff?" Bobbybubblehead

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    My vote goes to a Gigabyte X58 and a single 4870x2 assuming you gaming at least at 1900*1200. 1600*1050 just stick with a single card. I just haven't seen enough on the EVGA to go one way or the other on it but the Gigabyte has been proven to be very solid. I would also go with the Corsair 750 over the coolmax.(or Silverstone, seasonic, ppc&c, among others)

    HSF's are still pretty scarce right now. The best combination I have seen at this point the a Thermalright 120 Extreme with the 1366 conversion kit.

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    +1
    i5 4670K @ 4.5GHz with Corsair H60
    MSI Z87-G45 GAMING
    8GB Corsair DDR3 1800MHz
    MSI 7990 Liquid Cooled
    850w Akasa Venom
    1TB WD and 750GB WD Cavier Green
    Samsung SA700D 1920x1080 @ 120Hz

    "we should team up... dandy duff `n double bluff?" Bobbybubblehead

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    I'm thinking about getting two 9800 GX2's now but I can't find them for sale on newegg.com or tigerdirect.

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    You can try Ebay. There is a thread in cyber deals on how you can get 30% cash back with ebay purchases by using Buy it Now. Can save quiet a bit of money.
    #1: C2D e6750@3.4, 1.41v with Ultima-90; GA-P35-DS3R; Crucial Ballistix 2GB; eVGA 8800GT 711/1750/975; Corsair HX520; X-Fi XtremeGamer; CM 690.

    #2: i5 2500k, Hyper212+, GA-Z68XP-UD3P, 8GB Corsair Vengeance, Corsair TX750M PSU, Gigabyte 6950 1Gb.

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    Thanks for all your help guys I really appreciate it and I'm learning many things from your suggestions.

    I don't know why but everyday I'm renewing my build and I've been changing it A LOT.

    I'm thinking about completely dropping i7 and getting an Asus Rampage Formula
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131284

    A Q9550 Quad core processor. I will try to overclock it to like 3.5ghz hopefully i'll find out how to.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115041.

    DDR2 Ram is very cheap so I'll be saving money, thats a plus. But I'm having trouble with compatibility. I wanted to ask if this specific ram set would be compatible with my mobo. And if not what would be the best performance ram for the least money I can get? Also can I buy 4 seperate sticks of 2gig ram (same model and brand) and put it in my mobo? My goal is 8gigs
    GeIL Black Dragon 8GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820144240

    I'm keeping the same case and going with a single HD 4870 X2 GPU.
    Would that 950 Watt power supply still be overkill?

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    no 950watt seems resonable for a system of you calibre
    My system ------> Mobo: Asus Sabertooth|CPU: i7 950|HDD: WD 750GB 5400rpm green, 808.08GB 7200rpm|GFX:CF XFX 6870 1GB|RAM: 6GB RipJaws 8-8-8-20|PSU: Antec TP Quattro 800W|OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64|Mouse/KB: Razer DeathAdder V2/Razer Lycosa

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