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Basically, I am in the same boat as many first time builders. I have an idea of what parts are necessary for a gaming PC, and I am pretty confident in actually putting one together (have seen numerous videos). My issue is actually making sure components are compatible and work well together. The following are the parts I have researched after reading numerous reviews and forum opinions. I am not really willing to go any higher than my current price which is around $1,500.00.

If you guys have any advise on better parts that are more compatible, or parts that are equally powerful but less expensive, please I need suggestions!

CASE: NZXT TEMPEST EVO Crafted Series TEVO-001BK Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (big enough to fit the CPU cooler) - $100

CPU: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - $200

CPU COOLER: Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler (They are out of the black version sad.gif - sad ) - $65

COOLER FAN: Scythe SY1225SL12M 120mm "Slipstream" Case Fan (I'm am not sure if I want two for the pull/push air mechanism) - $12

MOTHERBOARD: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $200

RAM: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D - $230

VIDEO CARD: ASUS ENGTX470/2DI/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $350

HARD DRIVE: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $90

POWER SUPPLY: CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power - $90

SOUND CARD: Creative 70SB073A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer - $70

NETWORK CARD: VisionTek 900296 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI-Express Killer Xeno Pro Gaming Network Card - $100

OPTICAL: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM - $25

1. Will the motherboard have enough slots for the x3 2GB? Should I be sticking with x2 2GB or upgrade to x2 4GB?
2. The EVO crafted series case seems to come with at least 3 case fans, does this mean I will not have to purchase extras for the case?
3. Do you see anything that is not compatible?
4. Is there anything that seems unnecessary price wise (in other words, could I downgrade anything and still see good results)

Thanks in Advance!

Edited by Jatanasio, 10 May 2010 - 05:33 PM.

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