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I built my current computer about 5 years ago with some great help on these forums... now I'm back for some help on my next!! The primary focus is gaming with basic use beyond that (internet, word processing etc). Like I said though, gaming is the focus...

Here is the system as I have it now, looking for some tips on:
1. Does it all work together?
2. Any parts I should upgrade/downgrade?
3. I have heard of "Gaming" Network Cards... are they worth it?
4. Is liquid cooling a needed investment or is a well ventilated case enough?
5. Should I invest in a sound card or is the onboard sound adequate?

Thanks in advance!! Heres the system:

Case: Antec Illusion Black
http://www.newegg.co... illusion black

Motherboard: Asus M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6GB/s USB 3.0

CPU: AMD Phenom II 965 Black Edition 3.4 Ghz AM3 125w Quad
http://www.newegg.co... Ghz AM3 125w Q

RAM: Corsair XMS 8GB (2x4) DDR3 2000 PC3 16000

HD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1002FAEX 1TB SATA 6.0GB/s

CD: Samsung SH-B123L Blue-Ray, DVD, CD
http://www.newegg.co...amsung SH-B123L

Video: MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD5770 1GB 128 GDDR5
http://www.newegg.co...k Radeon HD5770

Power: Corsair CMPSU 750 TX ATX 12v
http://www.newegg.co...Tpk=Corsair 750

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

Edited by MikeS71, 18 January 2011 - 11:28 AM.

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Hi mike$71, welcome back.

Going to start at the bottom.

5. Integrated sound is pretty good today. Unless you have a theatre type set up You would be hard pressed to distinguish between integrated and dedicated sound during gaming.

4. I don't think liquid cooling is worth the trouble. A case with good airflow, decent heatsink and cooler and regular cleaning and dusting is all you should need.

3. Gaming NIC, hokum pokum. Read this article + the comments. > http://www.crunchgea...g-nic-nonsense/

**1** Yes, it will work.


2. Have you a budget?
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Thanks for the feedback, I figured that was the case with the liquid cooling...

As for the budget, I am trying to keep it in the 1200-1300 range for the machine itself (not including monitor, speakers, etc)
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For a gaming rig you may want to think about switching to an Intel build.

Here are a couple of reviews with benchmarks.

> http://www.tomshardw...32-nm,2831.html
> http://benchmarkrevi...d=667&Itemid=69 4 boards reviewed.

CPU, Newegg, > http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115072

Mobo comparison, Newegg, > http://www.newegg.co...9^13-131-689-TS
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