First system build

Gigabyte / Ga-h55-usb3
May 24, 2010 at 17:57:13
Specs: Windows 7, i3 G6950
I came up with this parts list for a modest socket 1156 system. Gives me an upward CPU migration path to i5 or i7 later...

although the Intel Core i3 is easily over-clocked to 3.50 with a temp @ 65C with stock cooler when running Everest stress test.

It looks like it would be only $10 more for 1333Mhz memory. But, I do need clarification on the memory. What's the difference between the PC3 10600/10660/10666?

Any comments, suggestions, especially for incompatibility or to make the system more cost effective, are appreciated... TIA


Intel Pentium G6950 Clarkdale 2.8GHz

SAPPHIRE 100296HDMI Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16


Kingston ValueRAM 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support

Rosewill Wind Knight Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with pre-installed 2x 120mm Fan

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May 25, 2010 at 01:24:30
Dang and FWIW...

I put the wrong CPU in the first post, too many windows with shopping carts...

Should be the Core i3:

Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz

I also made a change to the video card:

SAPPHIRE 100284L Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16

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May 25, 2010 at 08:03:40
...and working through graphics benchmarks. I like the price/performance of the GTS 250, but the GTX 260 has a bit of a performance edge.

But with regard to frame rates, the 720p60 format is 1,280 × 720 60 and 1080p60 format is 1,920 x 1080 - both at 60 fps.

So isn't anything above 60fps at these resolutions really super-duper, but unnecessary overkill?

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