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Draiko333 November 5, 2010 01:14 PM

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!

eunoia November 5, 2010 01:43 PM

Windows 7 pricematch
Buy MICROSOFT [GFC-00599] Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM

I grabbed this instead of the i7 950
NCIX.com - Buy NCIX Silent Bundle Deal Intel Core i7 930 Quad Core CPU & Noctua NH-U12P 120MM Heatpipe Cooler - 930 & NH-U12P SE2 In Canada.

I'd look for a sale on a Corsair PSU.

stoanee November 5, 2010 01:53 PM

I would look for a different psu, Corsair, XFX, Seasonic. The psu is an important part, do not skimp on that component.

NCIX.com - Buy XFX 750W Black Edition Single Rail Modular ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Silver - P1750BCAG9 In Canada.

NCIX.com - Buy Corsair Professional HX750W 750W ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan - CMPSU-750HX In Canada.

NCIX.com - Buy XFX 850W Black Edition Single Rail Semi Modular ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Silver - P1850BCAG9 In Canada.

Draiko333 November 6, 2010 05:04 AM

Yeah a lot of people have been hammering me about the PSU haha... I didn't realize how poor a choice it was. Thank you for those recommendations too.. gives me something to compare to. Very helpful. :)

Draiko333 November 7, 2010 08:53 AM

Okay after getting a lot of recommendations from various people to use an i5 760 CPU with 4GB of DDR3 1333 RAM and doubling up on my video cards with either 2x Radeon 6870 or 2x NVidia 460 GTX (OC'd); I've been trying to select a new motherboard.

I'm having difficulty deciding which is best for me however.

I originally planned to go with the ASUS Sabertooth 55i to match my original choice of the Sabertooth x58. But after looking around I came across a feature on other boards which as far as I know, the Sabertooth lacks. That feature being Auto overclocking.

I have 0 experience with overclocking, and I originally had no intentions of doing so as I was afraid I might fry something on my computer, and I can't afford to be doing that.

BUT... some of the boards seem to have built in OC capabilities that the motherboard takes care of by itself. I assume this auto overclocking is safe to use 24/7; which means I get a faster computer with no risk.

So here are the boards I had been looking at:

MSI P55A Fuzion ATX LGA1156 P55 = $204.06
MSI P55A-GD65 P55 ATX LGA1156 = $149.99
ASUS P7P55D Deluxe LGA1156 P55 = $218.99
ASUS P7P55D Evo LGA1156 P55 = $199.99
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA1156 P55 = $192.30
ASUS Maximus III Gene LGA1156 = $149.99 (micro ATX - I'm not sure if this is an issue or not)
ASUS Sabertooth I55 LGA1156 P55 = $164.44

Prices are based on the NCIX website as that is likely where I will be purchasing my computer seeing as they can build it for me, saving me the hassle of having to return defective parts and ensuring I have a properly built machine.

So basically I'm wondering if this Auto OC feature is worth it for someone who otherwise will probably not be doing any OCing. Or is the Sabertooth 55i still a better board for me regardless of OCing or not?

There could possibly be better boards than any of the boards I've listed here as well; but based on what NCIX has available, and considering price, these seemed to be the best options for me.

Thanks again for any input!

_dangtx_ November 7, 2010 10:31 AM

no love for giga boards? ud 3-4 p

Draiko333 November 7, 2010 10:59 AM


Originally Posted by _dangtx_ (Post 447519)
no love for giga boards? ud 3-4 p

Not really familiar with them to be honest. And the features listed on the NCIX website are kind of brief. I just took a look at the Easy Tune 6 software these come with and it does seem nice for sure. Though is it safe for someone with my inexperience to use?

I could probably add those to my list as well. They do seem quite nice from the little knowledge I do have about motherboards haha.

Thank you for that!

_dangtx_ November 7, 2010 11:10 AM

yes, close your eyes and get the giga. very nice boards.

GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 1156

take your pick, based on budget.

Draiko333 November 8, 2010 05:12 PM

One more question comes to mind... should I buy a CPU Heatsink or is the stock Heatsink with the i5 760 enough?

_dangtx_ November 8, 2010 06:01 PM

pricematch this guy at ncix, itll let you do some nice clocks. else the stock cooler will be ok, if you don't clock much

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