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So I've always had low-to-mid range computers pretty much all my gaming life and I'm kind of tired of turning every setting down on all games I play as the first thing I do after an install, just to make it actually playable. Now that a new year is starting, with plenty of good games coming out to boot, and I've come across some cash, I decided to go all out and finally get a proper gaming machine - I want this to be pretty a beefy setup.

 

I do some graphics work, but I have access to pretty good machines for that - this one is I'm primarily using for some high-end gaming. I also like having large collections of music/video, hence all the hard drive space, with planned room for future expansion if necessary.

 

 

So I'm looking at something along the lines of:

[*]CPU: INTEL Core

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Personally I would save the almost $300 and get a 920 instead of the 960. 3.2 on a 920 is nothing so you can easily match the speed. Other then that pretty solid build :)

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Personally I would save the almost $300 and get a 920 instead of the 960. 3.2 on a 920 is nothing so you can easily match the speed. Other then that pretty solid build :)

 

100% correct.

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And with the money you save on the 960, you could skip the 5970 and go with 2 5870s in crossfire. :lol:

 

Nobody needs that kind of horsepower, but 2 5870s are faster than 1 5970.

 

And I'm not sure about the PSU, I've never used any of the bigger coolermasters(the only cooler master psus that I have used were the cheap ones, great psu for the money). I used to use antec, but now they're kinda sketchy. I've had this corsair for about a year and it has been ROCK solid.

 

And my 920 does 3.8 on 1.15v--high 40s after and hour and a half of far cry 2. I've had it up to 4, but I just changed heatsinks and am still getting used to this one. I was using the cooler master v8, went to the noctua just to see if I could quiet this thing down.

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Personally I would save the almost $300 and get a 920 instead of the 960. 3.2 on a 920 is nothing so you can easily match the speed. Other then that pretty solid build :)

I third this statement, nothing useful is gained from doing to a 960 i7.

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An i7-920 it is. Everything else seems to be in order. I was just reading up on the 5970's massive size, so I'm wondering: does anyone know if the NZXT Zero case is enough to fit it comfortably? Or am I going to have to go for something like a HAF 932? (I like the way the NZXT tower looks a hell of a lot more but obviously don't want to get something that will be cramped or have bad airflow).

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V8/Megahalems for CPU Cooler

 

Haven't heard of the thermal compound..

 

I think 5970 is good enough maybe driver updates will improve the performance.. (What resolution?)

 

PSU: corsair is more reliable than coolermaster..

 

Get a nice logitech gaming keyboard and a razer mouse...

 

I like the HAF 932 for a case.. to ensure 5970 fits in go thru reviews and check their cases...

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I'm actually deliberately avoiding gaming keyboards. I'm a programmer, so I'm really particular about keyboards and I hate doing massive amounts of typing in most of the gaming or curved keyboards - I really like the regular sized, standard model ones (maybe I'm just used to them, idk).

 

As for the case though, I'm not entirely sure what to go with. I don't really like the nameless, faceless big square box of doom look on models like the HAF, but I don't really know that much about alternatives. These look like they might work:

 

Kandalf LCS

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I'm actually deliberately avoiding gaming keyboards. I'm a programmer, so I'm really particular about keyboards and I hate doing massive amounts of typing in most of the gaming or curved keyboards - I really like the regular sized, standard model ones (maybe I'm just used to them, idk).

 

As for the case though, I'm not entirely sure what to go with. I don't really like the nameless, faceless big square box of doom look on models like the HAF, but I don't really know that much about alternatives. These look like they might work:

 

Kandalf LCS

Thermaltake Armor+

 

One reviewer used Antec 1200.. Donno about these..

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