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First time builder - Please critique my Core-i5 build

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September 18, 2009 8:33:26 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Mid-Late October

BUDGET RANGE: $1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: N/A

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Planning on OCing my i5, just as soon as I figure out how to do it :) 

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PSU

Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD4 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Harddrive

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card


SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X 100269VXL Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

** Might upgrade to HD 5850 if the price is right @ launch :D 

CPU

Intel Core i5 750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor

ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

September 18, 2009 8:57:30 PM

WD640 Black a little larger and faster than the WD 500.

You will probably need a CPU power cable extension because of the bottom mounted PSU in the Antec 900 case.

Neither the Antec case notr the motherboard has a system speaker.



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September 18, 2009 10:10:44 PM

The above replies do make sense, and they certainly offer good advice, but having said that, I'd just like to encourage you to be confident in your own choices. You didn't make any mistakes, and all the parts you've listed are of high quality and great performance. I've seen so many posts asking for opinions and critiques on builds, and while there's nothing wrong with asking those questions, especially if it's your first time, just keep in mind that you could get a dozen differing opinions and responses, telling you to go in a dozen different directions. Ultimately, it's you who knows what you need and what you want, and it's you who has to live with the result! So don't be afraid to ignore anything we tell you if you think you have a better idea... And if you do end up making a mistake, it won't be anything worse than a good learning experience! Now... I'll get down off my soapbox and throw in my two cents - great choice on the power supply. The Antec Truepower series is awesome. I've been using a 650 watt TP Trio for two years now, and it's still running strong. There... I'm done.
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September 18, 2009 10:36:09 PM

jsc said:
You will probably need a CPU power cable extension because of the bottom mounted PSU in the Antec 900 case.

Depends on the PSU and motherboard. I had no problem at all getting to the power plug at the top of the motherboard. Either my PSU has long cables or that is mostly a problem with really cheap PSUs designed for business desktops.

The advantage of the bottom mounted PSU is you dont have all the extra cables dangling down in the way. They sit at the bottom of the case out of the way. Makes a big difference if you dont get a modular PSU.
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September 18, 2009 10:39:01 PM

Is my PSU too much? I think I could get away with 650w or maybe 550w, but I'm overclocking the CPU... any thoughts?
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September 18, 2009 10:41:17 PM

That PSU lets you overclock and add a second GPU later.
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September 18, 2009 11:35:48 PM

ATI's new 58XX cards will be available by then and combos will change too
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September 18, 2009 11:39:53 PM

Why are you buying form newegg.com if your from canada? canadians like me use newegg.ca/ncix.com/tigerdirect.ca or the shipping price would be crazy
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September 18, 2009 11:50:54 PM

jsc said:

Neither the Antec case notr the motherboard has a system speaker.


Do I need a system speaker? Like... will the computer start without it? (sorry if that is a dumb question)
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September 19, 2009 12:58:06 AM

The only time you want one of those annoyances is for troubleshooting if it doesnt boot.
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