Building i5 system


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, encoding, surfing the internet, watching movies, general use

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: prefer NCIX, had good dealings in the past, but open to something different) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (Canada)

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (I guess Intel, looking mostly at the i5)



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Been lurking around for a while. This site is without a doubt the best place I have found to get information from, so I have done a lot of reading. I have done most of my shopping from in the past, had good experiences with them. Last time I built a complete system was around 3 years ago, and have not been paying much attention until now. At first I was just planning on getting a pre-built Dell but the advice here has certainly convinced me to build myself.

Here is what I am looking at right now (roughly) and any advice would be appreciated as I am sure I am missing out on the particulars. My budget is under $1000 CDN, with my sights slightly more set towards longevity than gaming. But only slightly.

Intel Core I5 750 Quad Core Processor Lynnfield LGA1156 2.66GHZ 8MB Cache Retail Box

ASUS P7P55D LE LGA1156 P55 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI Crossfire GBLAN 6SATA IDE Motherboard


Gigabyte P55M-UD2 mATX LGA1156 P55 DDR3 2PCI-E 2PCI SATA2 RAID Video Sound GLAN Motherboard

G.SKILL F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH Ripjaws PC3-10666 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1333 CL7-7-7-21 Core I5 1.65V Memory Kit

Antec Three Hundred Mini Tower Gaming Case 300 ATX 3X5.25 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB & Audio

Antec Earthwatts 650W Power Supply ATX12V V2.2 EPS12V Active PFC 80PLUS 120MM Fan


Seasonic SS-650HT 650W EPS12V 20/24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 80PLUS 6PIN PCI-E 120MM Fan OEM

ASUS Radeon 4870 Dk 750MHZ 1GB 3.6GHZ DDR5 PCI-E Dual DVI HDCP HDTV Out Video Card

Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200RPM 32MB Dual Proc 3.5IN SATA Hard Drive OEM 5YR Mfg Warranty

So is this build any good? Parts that should be replaced with something else? Very thankful for any comments that make this easier.
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    It's a solid build. You've definitely done your homework! I, personally, prefer a full size ATX motherboard. You could step up to the GA-P55-UD3R, but you'll have to determine if it's worth the extra $35.

    Gigabyte P55-UD3R ATX LGA1156 P55 DDR3 2PCI-E 4PCI SATA2 RAID Sound GLAN Motherboard $149.99

    A 650W PSU is overkill for a single GPU system, but that's an amazing price on the EA650. I'd snatch it up quick at that price. A quality 500W - 550W PSU would easily power your system, but you might as well get the EA650 since it's a very good deal at $70.
  2. Thanks, that was just the sort of confirmation I was looking for. Appreciate the comment.
  3. No problem. Good luck with your build!
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