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Mainstream Gaming-New Build (Final Suggestions)
08-26-2011, 05:04 PM,
Mainstream Gaming-New Build (Final Suggestions)
Hello Community!! Big Grin

As the tittle suggests, this is my first computer build, all thanks to this great site I came across during my pc research a few months back. This amazing site has been a time saver and $$$$ saver so thanks to the manager/s (I know its Mathieu but not sure if other ppl are involved) for all the work they have put in this site.

Back to my build! Smile

Since the mainstream build has everything I need iv been kind of combining different parts from the high-end build for the best rig I could get for less than $1900.

This is mostly going to be a future proof gaming pc for games like BF3, Skyrim, Rage, Prey 2 but Id like to use it as a multi-media pc for downloading music and movies too.

I have a few questions about some parts if they are worth it or not and any suggestions and/or tips would be appreciated.

PC Case:
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced @ $159.99

Intel Core i5-2500K @ $219.99
(I plan on overclocking atleast to 4.1. Would 4.5 be stable with the cooler I have??)

ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 @ $159.99

2x SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6950 in Crossfire @ $529.98
(I guess they must have run out of the Dirt 3 coupon codes cause now there offering a Deus Ex game coupon with these cards)

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB @ $57.99

Boot Drive:
Crucial M4 2.5" 64GB SATA III SSD @ $114.99
(SSD is going to be for OS and to cut down the loading screens on certain games)

Mounting kit for SSD:
Rosewill 2.5" SSD / HDD Plastic Mounting Kit for 3.5" Drive Bay @ $4.99

Data Drive:
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" @ $59.99


Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" @ $79.99
(This one has a 5 year limited warranty and has 64MB cache is the $20 difference worth it??)

Optical Drive:
LITE-ON 24X CD/DVD Writer @ $25.99

Power Supply:
COOLER MASTER Silent Pro 850W ATX12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active @ $138.22

CORSAIR A70 120mm Dual-Fan CPU Cooler @ $41.42

Sound Card:
ASUS XONAR DG 5.1 Channels PCI Interface @ $23.00
(This was my first choice because I have a set of good headphones and iv read reviews were this card is great for headphones but I dont want to have the headset on everytime I want to play. I want to get a decent speaker system in the near future and im not sure if this card shines in the surround sound area too. )


ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface @ $43.99
(Im not really sure if this is a good sound card for surround sound because like I said before in the near future I would like to get a decent speaker system possibly less than $100 so any suggestions for a good sound card for less than $60??)

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM @ $91.98

Optional Hardware:
Scythe "KAZE MASTER" 5.25" Bay Fan Controller @ $39.99
(Is the fan controller worth it?? Or is it the same just having a a program decide when to increase the fan speeds and such)

Total with shipping and handling with the Xonar DS sound card, the Western Digital hard drive and the optional fan controller from Newegg is aproximately: $1851

*Still havent included any thermal paste because I wanted to get the Indigo Engineered but they dont sell it on Newegg.
Would any Thermal paste or compound do??

So I guess that is what I got so im open to suggestions or anything anyone has to add.

Thanks to everyone in advance!
08-26-2011, 05:30 PM,
RE: Mainstream Gaming-New Build (Final Suggestions)
1. The Samsung F3 is better than the Seagate Barracuda.
2. You do not need the SSD mounting kit as the HAF 932 has brackets already (I have the same case).
3. Corsair Vengeance RAM is very tall. This limits compatibility with some CPU coolers. As such, I'd recommend RAM with shorter heatsinks.
4. Your cooler is fine for overclocking to 4.5GHz and even above that.
5. Both sound cards should be fine. The big difference is if you want 7.1 or not. If you're going to use 7.1 audio, get the more expensive one.
6. A fan controller is worth it if you want to control noise.
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K CPU Cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU TIM: Thermalright Chill Factor III GPU: Sapphire Radeon 6970 VGA Cooler: Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus SSD: Crucial M4 256GB HDD: Samsung F3 1TB Motherboard: ASRock P67 PRO3 RAM: 4x4GB (16GB) Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600MHz Optical Drive: ASUS 24X PSU: 550W Kingwin Lazer 80 Plus Platinum Fan Controller: Scythe Kaze Q12 Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX Keyboard: Rosewill RK-9000 Cherry MX Blue Mouse: Logitech G500 Monitor: Sceptre 27"

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