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    Old 08-20-2011, 11:40 PM
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    Hey, I just decided that I want to get back into PC gaming. My older rig was expensive, pre-built and only lasted a few months. So I now want to build my own computer and wouldn't mind some advice on the parts that i'm not 100% with.

    Case: CM Storm Sniper Black Edition Mid Tower Case
    Motherboard: Asus INTEL X58 LGA1366 Core i7 DDR3 ATX
    CPU: Intel Core i7 960 3.2 GHz LGA1366 L3 8MB
    PSU: Antec CP-100 1000W 80+ Power Supply
    OD: 2x LG 10x Blu-Ray Reader / DVD-RW SATA w/Lightscribe Black
    RAM: Corsair DDR3 PC3-10666 3 X 4G memory
    GPU: ASUS NVIDIA GeForce GTX550 TI 1GB GDDR5
    HDD: 2x Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATAII

    I currently have both the case and motherboard.
    The goal of this build is too be ready for BF3. I already know that the power supply is a little much. But its so i'm ready for upgrades and OC.
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    Old 08-20-2011, 11:57 PM
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    Not to be rude, but can you return the motherboard? socket 1155 Sandy Bridge CPUs equal/outperform the 1366 x58s and are considerably cheaper - the 2500k is $220/£160

    the 550ti isn't really an enthusiast level GPU - 560 ti/ 6870 is my recommended minimum for a 1080p gamer - get just a basic $20 DVD drive and put the $80 saved towards a better GPU = winner

    You'll need an OS - the OEM copy of win 7 64-bit is $100/£70

    Seagate aren't as reliable as Western Digital for HDDs, look for a single Caviar Black or Blue and put the money saved towards the GPU
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    Old 08-21-2011, 12:17 AM
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    Thanks for the reply. But sadly I'm not able to return the mobo. I got it a few months ago and its been sitting in my cold dry storage since purchase. Most likely i'm OC the cpu once i have the rig setup i'm also picking up a cpu cooler to deal with the extra heat. ive been looking around for video cards and noticed that the 550ti is a little under powered for what i need.

    I just used your advice and here is the 560ti's that are easy for me to get.

    All between $250 - 280

    ASUS GeForce GTX 560 Fermi 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E Video Card
    EVGA SuperClocked GForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR
    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560Ti 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E
    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560TI 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI-E
    MSI N560GTX-TI TWIN FROZR II OC Geforce GTX 560 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-E

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    ASUS 24X SATA DVD Writer - Black

    HDD
    WD Caviar Black 3.5" 1TB 7200RPM 32MB SATA II

    With those adjustments it should save me about $250 even with the slight price increase on the 560ti. I also have a copy of Windows 7 pro 64 bit at home.

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    Old 08-21-2011, 12:29 AM
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    I like the MSI Twin Frozr II cooler, but it really comes down to which has the longest the warranty (I think that's generally EVGA for Nvidia cards) if you aren't planning to hard mod or flash the BIOS

    In that price range, there are some good 6950s, which should generally have the edge over the 560ti, unless you need CUDA support, Nvidia 3D or PhysX
    This one has a solid cooling setup and a lifetime warranty
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    Old 08-21-2011, 12:44 AM
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    I think that I might need the use of 3Dvision. But my current screen is pretty decent and I'm not happy about dropping an extra $600. I'll most likely go with the closest HD6950 I can get quick. XFX HD-695X-CDFC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI-E is the one and its about $30 more than my selection out of the 560ti's in my last post.

    Cheers, your helping out quite a bit
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    Nothing wrong with that motherboard. The 1st gen i7's arent up to Sandy Bridge specs but theyre still damn outstanding processors that will handle any gaming loads you throw at it for several years to come. No worries there.
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