New gaming build, suggestions and comments


Apr 6, 2009
I will be building this pc soon. It will be my first build used mainly for gaming. I'm looking for suggestions/comments. Maybe like a "get this instead of this" or "you would get more performance with this". Thanks n advance,


Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 Wolfdale 3.33GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor --- I plan on overclocking this chip to 4.3GHz

ASUS P5Q-E LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

ASUS 22X DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model DRW-22B1LT

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

XFX GX260XADJF GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V Power Supply

CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Antec 77095 120mm Blue LED Case Fan --- side panel fan


Dec 24, 2008
I think you are wasting money on that E8600, you might as well build an i7 or get a Q9550 for what you are paying.

Go for a WD6401AALS or WD1001FALS, both will be faster.

Get a ATI card so you can Xfire, otherwise get a GA-EP45-UD3R

P45 sees no benefit from faster ram, Just get low timing/low voltage DDR2 800
+1 for xthekidx.

For gaming, the vga card is much more important than the cpu once you get to a clock rate of about 3.0.
Back off the cpu to a E8400 and spend the savings on a GTX275 class card.. You won't even need to overclock.

The zalman cooler is pretty, but a bit dated. Look for a tower type cooler with a 120mm fan like the Xigmatek S1283:
It is cheaper and better.

The case already has very good cooling; I like it. Don't bother with a side fan, I think it is unnecessary, and disrupts the natural front to back airflow.
You could always add it later if needed.
Well again +1 for xthekid...
Get a Q9550 for the same price range or the i7 for a just a little more...
If you are going with P45 chip with dual pcie slot, ATI is a better option as it gives future crossfire option...else buy a P45 mobo with a single pcie slot if you are planning to buy nvidia...

And like geofelt said give us the sure you can get a better build...