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Windows 7: Building a pc - NEED HELP

18 Apr 2012   #11

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

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18 Apr 2012   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I wouldn't recommend more than 8GB of RAM, like others have said unless you have a specific reason to run that much RAM, it likely won't provide any performance improvement.

The motherboard seems pretty extreme as well. You might be able to cut that back quite a bit and make budget room for an SSD which would certainly provide noticeable performance differences.
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18 Apr 2012   #13

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1

If your goal is a gaming PC, I'm not sure that you want a Socket 2011 system. The main advantage that it offers over the Socket 1155 boards is the extra PCI-E capacity. That's mainly useful if you want to use multiple graphics cards in SLI or Crossfire. I'm not sure how helpful it would be with only 2 cards, especially if they are PCI-E 3 cards, like the 7950. (PCI-E 3.0 X8 is supposed to have roughly the same bandwidth as PCI-E 2.1 X16.)

If you want to go bleeding edge, wait for the Ivy Bridge CPUs, and a Z77 motherboard. The gain over Sandy Bridge/Z68 may not be large, but I expect that the price premium won't be large either. I don't know what the numbers will be like on the Ivy Bridge CPUs, but in Sandy Bridge the recommended CPU is an I5-2500k. It lacks hyperthreading, but that may not hurt most games. It costs $100US less than the I7-2600k.

For everyday use, having a 120GB SSD for the operating system is one of the best investments. It won't do much for gaming, but it'll make general operation of the PC more responsive.

You don't list an OS. If you are using 16GB of RAM or less, Windows 7 Home premium is adequate. (More than 16 GB, you'd need Professional or Ultimate.)
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18 Apr 2012   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

sry I was slow responding it is (us)
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18 Apr 2012   #15

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

How many hard drives do you need?

Like Bob said, the Ivy Bridge processors will start to show up at the end of this month. Your budget may be large enough to afford Ivy Bridge, but you probably wouldn't notice the difference on a gaming PC.

I'd probably decide on the case, hard drives, video card, and RAM now, and then wait for maybe 3 weeks and look at Ivy Bridge and choose a processor and motherboard at that time.

Here are 2 good SSDs: Intel 320 Series 80 GB SATA 2.5-Inch Solid-State Drive Brown Box: Computers & Accessories Samsung 830 - Series MZ-7PC128D/AM 128 GB 2.5 Inch SATA III MLC Internal SSD Desktop Kit with Norton Ghost 15: Computers & Accessories

Cases are pretty much personal preference. You may like flashing lights and a window in the side panel, or not. You may not care about the noise level--or that may mean a lot to you. For gaming performance, it won't matter much. Pick out one you like. Antec and Coolermaster are good brands. I'd get a standard mid-tower ATX case.

I don't know much about video cards.

If you don't want to wait and want to buy tomorrow, I'd look at an Intel 2500K/2600K/2700K processor and a mid level Asus or Gigabyte Socket 1155 motherboard, with 8 GB of 1.5 volt DDR 3 RAM from a company like Corsair, G Skill or Crucial.
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18 Apr 2012   #16

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Ok ty ever so much
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