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Ok, so i'm planning to build my first computer aimed at gaming and for the the up-coming battlefield 3. I have a budget of $1800, I think all my components are compatible with each other but otherwise tell me. Also if there's any components that'd you'll recommend over another please tell (I'm buying all my components on newegg so please let it be on the site)

Case - HAF X
Video Card - EVGA GTX 580 or Radeon HD 6950 Crossfire
Processor - Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz
Heatsink - ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm
Motherboard - EVGA X58 FTW3
PSU - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W
Harddrive - Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s
Ram - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB
Blu ray Driver - ASUS Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model
Operating system - Windows 7 home Premium
Edited by HamsterOfWar - 7/21/11 at 12:34am
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I'd go for the crossfired 6950s, they will stomp a single 580

You might want to get a beefier heatsink if you have the budget for it (Rasa Kit Maybe?)

and everything else looks good to me
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Originally Posted by Hobybobag View Post
I'd go for the crossfired 6950s, they will stomp a single 580

You might want to get a beefier heatsink if you have the budget for it (Rasa Kit Maybe?)

and everything else looks good to me
edit: sorry, missed the bit about newegg
If you can squeeze it into your budget I'd go for the Noctua NH-D14 for a cpu cooler, it will run circles around that zalman, and if bf3 is anything like bfbc2 that overclocking headroom will be useful to you
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for a hsf, if your going to spend $75 get the d14 instead
Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835608018

a sata 3 spinning drive wont be any faster than a sata2 ver of it

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185


were you looking at this ram kit?
G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory $60 with code EMCKCJA24
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231461
better for amd

intel likes speed vs timings, id recomend this kit for the i7 build
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000) Desktop Memory $75 with code EMCKCJA25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820233142
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your pick on harddrive is questionable..for 80 bucks you can pick up a 1tb black caviar or 50bucks for a samsung f3 spinpoint. also that cpucooler is meh..get a noctua
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Originally Posted by HamsterOfWar View Post
Ok, so i'm planning to build my first computer aimed at gaming and for the the up-coming battlefield 3. I have a budget of $1800, I think all my components are compatible with each other but otherwise tell me. Also if there's any components that'd you'll recommend over another please tell (I'm buying all my components on newegg so please let it be on the site)

Case - HAF X
Video Card - EVGA GTX 580 or Radeon HD 6950 Crossfire
Processor - Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz
Heatsink - ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm
Motherboard - EVGA X58 FTW3
PSU - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W
Harddrive - Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s
Ram - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB
Blu ray Driver - ASUS Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model
Operating system - Windows 7 home Premium
+1 Noctua NH-D14

Hard drive as others suggested maybe even an ssd if you can afford it.

The way I see it, it's always good to squeeze in a few extra bucks and get better components since it's not like you're building a pc to last you a month.

Crossfire is good but personally I prefer a beefier single card over 2 lesser cards whether in sli or crossfire any day of the week.

Nvidia has much better support and most games seem to be made going toward Nvidia but don't take that to heart.

Both good companies just a matter of personal preference.

Not sure on prices you're paying but the 580 if it's the right brand will crap all over the crossfire setup mentioned.

Just because you get more frames doesn't mean it's going to be as smooth.

Once again depends on price I would go for different ram.

Check the one in my signature. It's very good.

Also if you were to get the cpu cooler that has been mentioned it clears it perfectly.

You could probably get away with 750w as well but as I stated you're not building a pc for a month so room to breathe is always good.

Isn't that motherboard for a 1366 socket and your processor is 1155

Can't believe noone picked up on that
Edited by makesithappen - 7/21/11 at 1:51am
 
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were you looking at this ram kit?
G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory $60 with code EMCKCJA24
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231461
better for amd

intel likes speed vs timings, id recomend this kit for the i7 build
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000) Desktop Memory $75 with code EMCKCJA25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820233142
Actually Intel doesn't really prefer speed or timings from almost all tests I have seen. Plus RAM performance bonuses are very minute in real world applications, I'd recommend just getting the cheaper kit, especially considering that with SB RAM Frequency won't affect your CPU overclock.
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Isn't that motherboard for a 1366 socket and your processor is 1155

Can't believe noone picked up on that
yep, x58 = 1366 and i7 sandy = 1156
if this was the intel subforum someone would have pointed that out right away




either get a 1155 p board, or a i7 950-975 or better
Edited by ffejrxx - 7/21/11 at 12:56pm
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yep, x58 = 1366 and i7 sandy = 1156
if this was the intel subforum someone would have pointed that out right away




either get a 1366 p board, or a i7 950-975 or better

1155 sandy bridge (current)

1156 is older (didn't hang around for long it died out)

1366 much older (lot more processors but also a lot crappier then sandy bridge)
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Moved to the forums at Intel
Look for the Samsung F3 1TB for just $55 on Superbiiz shipped and $70 + shipping with a DVD drive!
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