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#1 Aug 12 2010 at 2:50 PM Rating: Decent
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Pros/cons of this build? I'm going to play FFIV on it. What else would I need to buy besides monitor, mouse, keyboard?

Motherboard

ASUS P6T Motherboard ($200)


CPU

Intel Core i7 960 ($550)



RAM

Corsair XMS3 Tri Channel 12GB ($440)



Video Card

Sapphire Radeon HD 5970 2GB ($700)



Sound Card

Creative Labs SoundBlaster X-FI Titanium ($130)



Hard Drives

Intel X25-M Solid State Hard Drive 160 GB ($430)


Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB ($95)



Optical Drives

Pioneer BDR-205 Blu Ray Burner ($200)


LG GH22NS50R DVDRW Drive ($28)


Case

Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower Black Case ($140)



Power Supply

Corsair TX750W 750-Watt Power Supply ($110)


All help is greatly appreciated :)
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#2 Aug 12 2010 at 3:37 PM Rating: Good
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What else would I need to buy besides monitor, mouse, keyboard?


An OS license?

More generally, I would have to wonder if you're charging this to someone other than yourself (or if you simply have a lot of money). A bit of what you've specc'ed treads well past bang for your buck territory.

- The i7 960 is nearly twice the price of, and not nearly twice as fast as a stock-clocked i7 930 (which should overclock well past a stock 960 to boot).

- 12GB of RAM is excessive for gaming right now. 6GB is too, for that matter, but it's the best tradeoff for triple channel. Not like RAM can't be added later.

- A 5970 is very nice, sure, still the best single card (though not single GPU). Again, if you have the money to burn...sure...but if not, there are very viable cards for less than half the cost. Value there may depend on the support/performance of multi-GPU setups for FFXIV at release, as right now a couple GTX 460s is rather potent for the cost (when supported, of course), and would be a few hundred less.

- I would maybe consider a slightly smaller SSD (it should just be OS/apps anyway) at more around the $300 range. It's already costly per GB.

- Do you actually have immediate plans to be burning Blu-ray? Chances are the burners (and media) will only be going down in price and up in quality.
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#3 Aug 13 2010 at 10:55 AM Rating: Decent
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Isiolia wrote:
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What else would I need to buy besides monitor, mouse, keyboard?


An OS license?

More generally, I would have to wonder if you're charging this to someone other than yourself (or if you simply have a lot of money). A bit of what you've specc'ed treads well past bang for your buck territory.

- The i7 960 is nearly twice the price of, and not nearly twice as fast as a stock-clocked i7 930 (which should overclock well past a stock 960 to boot).

- 12GB of RAM is excessive for gaming right now. 6GB is too, for that matter, but it's the best tradeoff for triple channel. Not like RAM can't be added later.

- A 5970 is very nice, sure, still the best single card (though not single GPU). Again, if you have the money to burn...sure...but if not, there are very viable cards for less than half the cost. Value there may depend on the support/performance of multi-GPU setups for FFXIV at release, as right now a couple GTX 460s is rather potent for the cost (when supported, of course), and would be a few hundred less.

- I would maybe consider a slightly smaller SSD (it should just be OS/apps anyway) at more around the $300 range. It's already costly per GB.

- Do you actually have immediate plans to be burning Blu-ray? Chances are the burners (and media) will only be going down in price and up in quality.


Thanks for your reply. I bought an alienware desktop to play FFXI and spent more money then what this one will cost if I build it myself. I'm really not all that into computers....I guess being an avid gamer I should change that lol. I ordered windows 7 as well just wasn't listed. As for cooling, am I missing something? What would you recommend?
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#4 Aug 13 2010 at 2:15 PM Rating: Good
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If you order a "retail" version of the CPU, then it'll come with a stock heat sink/fan that'll be sufficient for running at stock speed in a standard size case.

'course, there are always plenty of good 3rd party coolers as well, though offhand I don't know of a standout one for the i7. Partly depends on your goals, IE, overclocking, noise level, or whatever.
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