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Old November 5, 2010, 01:14 PM
Draiko333 Draiko333 is offline
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Default New Gaming Build


I'm currently looking to build a new desktop computer and was hoping to get some recommendations from those more experienced than myself.

First of all, I don't know anything about overclocking, and therefore probably will not bother attempting it. The sole purpose of this computer will be for gaming. As of right now I mostly play SC2, Mass Effect 2, Dragon Age: Origins, and World of Warcraft. I'd like to get as much as I can out of these games without spending every last dollar I own.

Basically I'm looking for some suggestions. I have an idea of what I'm looking to order, and some opinions would be very helpful. For example: Intel vs AMD CPU? HD6870 vs. EVGA 460 FTW? Case recommendations (I'm really lost when it comes to case selection), etc.

Here is what I currently have planned to order:

ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black $27.99

Antec Six Hundred Mid Tower Gaming Case 600 ATX
3X5.25 6X3.5INT 1 SATA Hot-Swap Bay No PS $89.99

Patriot Viper II Sector 7 6GB 3X2GB DDR3 1600MHZ
PC3-12800 8-8-8-24 1.65V Triple Channel Memory Kit

Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB SATA3 6GB/S
7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM

Microsoft Wired Desktop 400 English OEM Single Pack
(Random crap keyboard/mouse combo) $18.99

ASUS MS238H 23IN Widescreen Ultra Slim LED LCD Monitor
1920X1080 2MS 10000000:1 HDMI DVI VGA

ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA1366 DDR3
3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 PCI Motherboard

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition

OCZ GameXStream 850W ATX12V 24PIN
SLI Ready Active PFC ATX Power Supply 120MM Fans

Intel Core i7 950 Quad Core Processor LGA1366
3.06GHZ Bloomfield 8MB LGA1366 4.8GT/S

Cyber Acoustics CA-3001 Black 2.1
Speaker System 8W RMS

ASUS Radeon HD 6870 913MHZ 1GB 4.2GHZ GDDR5
2XDVI 2XMINI DisplayPort HDMI PCI-E Video Card

Total: $1622.07

I'd like to stay within this price range, no more than $1700. If I can save money without really sacrificing performance I'm definitely interested in doing so. I usually tend to run with my computer until it's incapable of playing anything out there, as is the state of this computer, so being prepared for future games is certainly a plus.

I've taken these prices from NCIX (I live in Canada). They do price matching so if you build a cheaper/better machine from a different Canadian website that's fine as well.

Thank you all for taking the time to read my post!
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