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Building a Gaming PC, need advice

Postby Sandman2012 » Fri Oct 26, 2012 2:06 pm

I have decided to buy all the components to build a gaming PC. I looked at the Alienware Aurora R4 and really like it but for the configuration I chose it ended up being well over $3,000. I do not particularly want to spend that much, which is why I want to build my own.

So, I have done some research and I am thinking about a certain processor and a certain motherboard but am not sure if they are compatible or recommended for each other. Also I am not sure what case to get or where to find a good one. I know I need a case that has a 850W power supply.

Anyways the mother board Im looking at is ASUS Rampage IV Extreme LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard.

The processor I a considering is a 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3820 (10M Cache, Overclocked up to 4.1 GHz).

Also, I want to start with about 16GB DDR3 RAM, with the ability to upgrade if needed. Also, I plan on putting Dual 2GB Radeon Graphics cards and plan on having at least two monitors hooked up. I really want the ability to have a graphics intense game running on one monitor and still have desktop and other applications running on the other monitor without constantly having to use ctrl +alt+del to switch back and forth.

Well, I would appreciate any advice as to if these two options would work together, as well as if they would meet the needs I have listed above.

Thanks in advance!!
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Postby Mr T » Fri Oct 26, 2012 9:36 pm

Welcome to the motherboards.org...

If you plan on overclocking and running two graphics cards, look at a case which is big (full size ATX) has loads of room inside and plenty of fnas and ventilation ... Good brands are Antec, Coolermaster, Lian-li and so on.. DO NOT BUY ONE with an installed PSU... Buy your PSU seperately and look at at least 1000w... For what you want, you will need the power overhead... Buy a decent brand again such as Corsair, OCZ, Silverstone, Antec etc... The PSU is one thing not to skimp on at the high end level... If you wish to upgrade RAM at a later date, go with 8Gb sticks..

You know what you want... good luck... :D
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further thought?

Postby Sandman2012 » Sat Oct 27, 2012 9:12 am

Mr T,

Thanks for the great advice.What are your thoughts when it comes to the motherboard and processor I mentioned. Would they work together (ie are they compatible) and would they (in your professional opinion) accomplish the goals I mentioned?

Thanks in advance.
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Postby bdub » Sat Oct 27, 2012 5:15 pm

mobo and proc are fine. just one thing, though... the 3820 can only do 1333 ram in quad channel config. if you use 1600 ram, it'll only see 3 ram chips, unless you tamp down the ram speed in the bios.

and mr.t is absolutely right about buying a quality psu seperate from the case. almost always the psu that comes with the case sucks.
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Postby Sandman2012 » Sat Oct 27, 2012 6:06 pm

Thanks for the insight, bdub. I did know that it would not see the 1600....So do you think thats a significant shortfall in that mobo, or nothing worth worrying about?

Thanks again!
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Postby Mr T » Sun Oct 28, 2012 4:02 am

Not really, unleess you are a real performance freak... In real world apps it makes no difference...
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Postby bdub » Sun Oct 28, 2012 3:51 pm

not a shortcoming of the mobo... it is the cpu that has the ram controller built into it.
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