Good gaming setup?

May 30, 2010 at 15:33:32
Specs: Windows XP, Athlon 64 3400+/1 GB
Hey, I'm currently planning on building a gaming PC and I was just wondering if this PC would be a good rig and if all the parts would work together. I would like to play games such as GTA IV, Crysis, Just Cause 2, Bad Company 2, and other games like those.

Motherboard: MSI 785GM-E65
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965
RAM: Corsair XMS3 TW3X4G1333C9AG 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 RAM
Hard Drive: Western Digital WD10EARS 1 TB Caviar Green Hard Drive
Power Supply: Corsair VX550W
Case: Aerocool VX-R
Graphics card: EVGA GeForce GTX 260
Fan: Corsair Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1

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May 30, 2010 at 16:07:01
- the Hydro cooler is unnecessary.
- green hard drive? not if you want best performance.
- a case with a bottom mount power supply is NOT a good choice.

"Moving the power supply to the bottom of the case has several negative effects. First, it takes the power supply’ fan away from the top, so that another fan has to be used to remove case heat, adding noise. Second, it makes cable management more difficult, often times with the ATX12V cable not reaching its motherboard connector. Third, as the power supply casing warms up, it heats the graphics cards.

The only benefit of putting a power supply at the bottom of a case is that the power supply itself runs cooler temporarily, drawing dusty air from under the case until it plugs up. Once the power supply is full of dust, carpet/paper fibers and whatever other small items clutter your desk or floor, the benefit of having its own cooling path disappears."

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May 30, 2010 at 16:32:42
Thanks, and I have made some new choices.
First, I'm changing the processor to an Intel i5 750. I'm also buying another set of 4GB ram so I can have 8GB. I believe I have to change the motherboard now but am still deciding what to choose

Would this hard drive be a better choice?

How about this case?

As for the fan, I'm not really sure which one would be best. Can anyone help me out?

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May 30, 2010 at 18:26:16
You must have money to burn because 8GB RAM is gonna cost close to $250.

You didn't post any links for the HDD & case. Why do you feel you need an aftermarket cooling fan? Do you plan on overclocking the hell out of your CPU?

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May 30, 2010 at 21:05:18
Can I not just buy two copies of the ram I already chose?

Also sorry, here are the two links, respectively

I don't think I will be overclocking my processor but I might so would I be fine without an aftermarket fan? I guess if I plan on overclocking it then I could buy a fan.

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May 30, 2010 at 21:12:30
Also, I've heard the cooling systems that come with Intel CPUs aren't the greatest, so should I consider getting one since I'm mainly going to be doing a lot of gaming?

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