Gaming PC build help

By bevzz ยท 6 replies
Jan 17, 2010
  1. Hi, I am looking to build a good gaming pc. Now here are the parts i have currently selected. please can you tell me if the would all go together or not and make any suggestions if possible. - motherboard - processor - psu - case - RAM - ram cooler

    please any suggestions must be made on sites from which i can order in GB rather than the US, thank you.
  2. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    I don't think that you have any need for 6GB RAM as the Phenom II X4 955 does not have a triple channel memory controller. It would have been useful only with an i7 build.

    A RAM cooler is also useless unless you're looking for extreme overclocks.

    For the motherboard you'll be better off buying the Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P. You may also look into the MSI GD 70.

    The 955BE is a brilliant overclocker. You should look into getting a good aftermarket CPU cooler.

    For PSU, I would suggest the Corsair 650TX unless you absolutely require a modular one. The case could have been better. However, that's a question of personal tastes.

    What GPU are you purchasing for this system?
  3. bevzz

    bevzz TS Rookie Topic Starter

  4. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    It looks alright. Any good G.Skill / Corsair 2x2GB DDR3 kit will do fine for gaming.

    However, your biggest bottleneck will be the HD 4650.
  5. pw2much

    pw2much TS Booster Posts: 84

    These are the compatible modules from corsair for your Motherboard,I think you should concentrate on the dominator because of it's heatsinks instead of buying the cooler that you plan to buy.

    Part Number Memory Type Size Voltage Latency
    CMX8GX3M4B1333C9 DDR3-1333 (XMS3-10666C9*8GB) 8GB Kit (4 x 2GB) 1.5v 9-9-9-24-2T
    CMG4GX3M2A1600C6 DDR3-1600 (DominatorGT-12800C6*4GB) 4GB Kit (2 x 2GB) 1.65v 6-6-6-18-2T
    TW3X4G1600C9D DDR3-1600 (Dominator-12800C9*4GB) 4GB Kit (2 x 2GB) 1.8v 9-9-9-24-2T
    CMD4GX3M2A1600C8 DDR3-1600 (Dominator-12800C8*4GB) 4GB Kit (2 x 2GB) 1.65v 8-8-8-24-2T
    CMD4GX3M2B1600C8 DDR3-1600 (Dominator-12800C8*4GB) 4GB Kit (2 x 2GB) 1.65v 8-8-8-24-2T
    TW3X4G1333C9A DDR3-1333 (XMS3-10666C9) 4GB Kit (2 x 2GB) 1.5v 9-9-9-24-2T
    TW3X4G1333C9DHX DDR3-1333 (XMS3-10666C9) 4GB Kit (2 x 2GB) 1.5v 9-9-9-24-2T
    TW3X2G1600C9D DDR3-1600 (Dominator-12800C9*4GB) 2GB Kit (2 x 1GB) 1.8v 9-9-9-24-2T -go to this site to evaluate your choices
  6. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    I feel that a Dominator is not necessary. They're very expensive modules and are useful only when you're planning to OC the RAM heavily. You won't find any extraordinary performance benefits while playing games.
  7. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Paying a premium for "Dominator" branding isn't worth it. Standard heatsinked XMS would suffice- RAM running at @ 1.65v is not a blast-furnace.

    G.Skill RAM at the same price point would offer better bandwidth and/or reduced latency. It also doesn't suffer from incompatibilities from having each version of the RAM running on different memory chips. Corsair do not manufacture their own memory IC's so they source from Micron, PQI, Elpida, Qimonda, Nanya, Samsung, PSC and ProMOS amongst others- each has its own version number and Corsair version numbers are generally not all listed in motherboard QVL's.
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