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Need advice on i5 750 build - <$1,200

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September 11, 2009 4:31:42 AM

Okay, so here's my latest stab at a new build. My current computer is approx. 5 years old and I'm in dire need of an upgrade. I'm open to suggestions on all of the parts. I'm particularly interested in any suggestions for a solid i5 cooler...I was thinking Prolimatech Megahalems but I see it's 775/1365 sockets only. I'd also appreciate any tips for bringing the cost down slightly (in spite of adding the cooler). Thanks in advance!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next 2 weeks BUDGET RANGE: <$1,200

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Work, gaming, internet, movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg or other reliable sites

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 (SyncMaster 226bw)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC


Parts:
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail - $99.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail - $119.99

ASUS P7P55D Deluxe LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail - $219.99

Intel Core i5 750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail - $209.99

COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU ... - Retail - $29.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail - $89.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM - $49.99

SAPPHIRE 100279-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail - $154.99

LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM - $28.99

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM - $109.99

Total: $1,113.90 ($20 less after MIR)

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September 11, 2009 5:00:43 AM

You 'might' want to get a PSU with more juice if you're planning on OCing and crossfire at the same time, at least according to the corsair website's PSU calculator.
September 11, 2009 5:07:17 AM

I believe the i5 needs lower voltage (1.5V) ram like this, not 1.9V ram like you selected.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There are 2 cheaper models of the P7P55D motherboard. Not sure why you picked the most expensive.

You forgot a CPU cooler. Coolermaster Hyper 212 plus is a good value at $30.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I think Dragoon is right, you will want a 750-850W PSU if you ever get a second GPU.
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September 11, 2009 8:16:13 PM

dragoon190, thanks for pointing that out. I'm definitely overclocking but am unlikely to crossfire. However, it's only a $10 difference after MIR, so I've updated the OP.

DNDHATCHER, good call on the ram. I like the set you picked and have updated the OP. I hadn't forgotten the cooler, just didn't know what to pick. I really like your selection here as well (also add to the OP). Any recommendations on a thermal compound?

As for the motherboard, I'm torn between the EVO and the Deluxe. There aren't too many reviews out there. I'm sure both boards are good, but I hear the Deluxe has better power management making for a more stable overclock. I'm open to opinions/recommendations.

Thank you!
September 11, 2009 8:46:11 PM

That is the problem with P55 motherboards, not much to base an opinion on other than the specs. ASUS website doesnt even have their p55 specs up yet.

Thermal compounds, on the other hand:
http://www.bjorn3d.com/read.php?cID=1605&pageID=7121
Seems that good quality is all within a couple degrees anyway.
Arctic Silver 5 seems to be the current favorite.
September 11, 2009 11:50:11 PM

On an antec900, make sure you have a front fan placed to blow air at that southbridge cooler and the larger cooler wont matter unless you have to overload the voltage for extreme overclocking.

Another comment - that was a weak presentation. Lots of "um", "well", "hum" and dead air as he was reading the reference card. There was no organization or preparation.

If you would use the multiple bios configs, are going to squeeze maximum overclocking or care about 10 channel sound then maybe the higher price motherboard is worth it.

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September 12, 2009 1:01:37 AM
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$10.00 Combo Price: $129.98
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU ... - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99 ($99.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card) Free Shipping*
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$30.00 Combo Price: $349.98 Free Shipping*
ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 Intel Motherboard - Retail
Intel Core i5 750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$10.00 Combo Price: $149.98 Free Shipping*
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Retail
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM | Includes free Windows 7 upgrade coupon

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$15.00 Combo Price: $229.98 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM - Retail
SAPPHIRE 100279-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 29.99 Free Shipping*
Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $4.99
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

Total: $1014.39 *not including mail in rebates, shipping/tax

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/landing/haf922/ <--- Cooler Master HAF 922
September 13, 2009 12:13:07 AM

dndhatcher, well I definitely don't care about 10 channel sounds, probably wouldn't fidget with multiple bios setups and I'm going to do a fairly conservative overclock -- I think you made that decision easy! Thank you.

Why_Me, you're a comboing machine. Thanks very much for the work. My only change will be from the HAF 922 to the HAF 932, largely because the 922 is too large for my desk's hanging CPU hold (9.5" wide).

All the help is greatly appreciated, and I'm really excited to get my hands on this new build!

-Dys
September 13, 2009 12:22:22 AM

No way do you need an 850 watt psu

These
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel-core-i5,2410-...
include the power draw of a i750 with a 4870 x2 [ which should draw twice the power of a single 4870 ]
The absolute max they draw from the wall is 495 watts , so this system could game comfortably with a quality 650 watt psu

Since you have a single 4870 that probably draws 160 watts LESS you could get by with 500 watt , but the 650 watt option is sensible .
September 13, 2009 2:28:35 AM

Outlander - you missed where he is going with Why_Me's suggested combo with a 750W PSU. That will give him plenty of power to overclock and add a second PSU later.

4870x2 draw 1.5 times the power of 2 separate cards, not twice.
September 15, 2009 5:49:46 AM

One last question for those of you sticking with me. I'm thinking of picking up two of the Spinpoint F3s. Any thoughts on that? Better to diversify?

I see the F3s are bare drives...will I need to pick up cables to hook them up or will the Mobo come with enough? I can't seem to find this kind of detail.

Thanks...I'm ready to pull the trigger (tomorrow, or when someone replies).

Cheers,
-Dys
September 15, 2009 7:58:20 PM

Thanks for the response. I was thinking two drives because I'm going to have to reformat when Windows 7 rolls out in late October. This way I can store my files on one drive a reformat/reinstall on the other drive.

Faulty reasoning? Better ideas?
September 15, 2009 9:00:27 PM

Well the same thing could be achieved by just partitioning one larger hard drive into 2 parts.

Though if your were planning on doing some sort of raid setup, 2 hds would make that possible
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