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Building a mid-range gaming pc

by kingofhades / July 28, 2011 12:53 PM PDT

This is my first time building a computer so I wanted to make sure that all the parts are good and compatible with one another. I've done a lot of looking around so I hope there aren't too many problems with my components.

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Looks Good
by rockyjohns / July 29, 2011 8:34 AM PDT

Looks like a sweet system. I did not check on memory compatibility since I assume you already have, but the rest should work fine.

I see you went with a top of the line PSU which is good. That size will be more than enough for your single card, but you might consider moving up to the 750w if you plan to add a second later and maybe even 850w if you expect to do much overclocking on the cards and CPU. Its normall best to plan for a system that operates at about 70-80% of the PSU capacity to allow room for misc. upgrades and normal (but slight) decreases in output over time

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SSD
by rockyjohns / July 29, 2011 8:39 AM PDT

Ooops - forgot to include above:

I see you have the classic Intel X-25 SSD. Always a a safe choice. Before purchasing you might want to read this THG article on - a new review that I have not even read yet. It reviews 120 GB drives but the data should extrapolate well to 40 GB. If it were me, I would go with a larger drive anyway - 80-129GB to enable loading key applications on the SSD as well as the OS.

Second-Gen SandForce: Seven 120 GB SSDs Rounded Up
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sf-2200-sandforce-ssd,2987.html

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