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September 19, 2009 4:18:02 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: By end of September BUDGET RANGE: $900.00 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, music and movies streamed to XBOX360, web surfing, photo and home movie editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, harddrives

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, amazon.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel i5 750, with mid tower case

OVERCLOCKING:
Yes

Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, in the future, so want to have the ability

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080


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Processor, Motherboard, Memory: Intel Core i5 750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750, ASUS P7P55D EVO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard, G.SKILL Trident 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model F3-16000CL9D-4GBTD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Combo Deal- $454.97

Or this Comb Deal( http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... )that replaces the ASUS motherboard with this GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard, for $449.97.

I am leaning towards the ASUS unless I am giving a good reason to go with the GIGABYTE

Graphics Card: not sure, should I wait until after the new ATI cards come out? If not would love some recommendations

Power Supply: one of these 2: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply $129.99- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7" Power Supply $129.99- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case and Cooling: LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $119.99- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Would really appreciate any recommendations for CPU cooling, thanks

OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM
Includes free Windows 7 upgrade coupon- $109.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OPTICAL DRIVE: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - OEM $27.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MISC. Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM $6.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TOTALS: With AUSUS $849.92, with GIGABYTE $844.92

Is there any reason to get more the 4GB of memory to start with? Thanks for any help.

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September 19, 2009 4:57:40 PM

Welcome to the forums bigspur,

The build looks pretty good, just a few tweaks to save some money and answer your questions:

850w PSU is overkill unless you're running lots of HDDs and two BIG GPUs. Don't think that's the case here. 750w is nice for options if you think you'll ever go two GPUS, but for a single GPU rig, a 550w-600w is enough.

Look for other combos, the case you choose and Windows together saves another $10.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

I go to frostytech.com for my cooling reviews. Do a little homework, find one that you like the look of that's reasonably priced and post your choice.

4 gigs of ram is enough for what you have listed there. Only users that need more are into production grade editing. If you find you do need more, thats an easy add later.

As for the GPU, you're up at your budget already. You'll either need to extend your budget or cut some cost out. Plan to spend at least $125 on a 4870 1gb. That's the lowest I'd go for a 1920x1080 monitor. The new 58x0 cards will be a little pricey to start. I think I read $200 for a 5850 and $300 for the 5870. If you do any waiting, it may be so the current cards prices adjust to make room for the new cards. The 4890 should come down in price and if nVidia counters, the GTX 275 should too. Both are good choices for your monitor.

Hope that helps, fire away with more questions when you have them.
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September 19, 2009 5:48:00 PM

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850w PSU is overkill unless you're running lots of HDDs and two BIG GPUs. Don't think that's the case here. 750w is nice for options if you think you'll ever go two GPUS, but for a single GPU rig, a 550w-600w is enough.


Yea, I thought 850w was to much, I am going to go with 750w for future use.

As for the GPU, you're up at your budget already. You'll either need to extend your budget or cut some cost out. Plan to spend at least $125 on a 4870 1gb. That's the lowest I'd go for a 1920x1080 monitor. The new 58x0 cards will be a little pricey to start. I think I read $200 for a 5850 and $300 for the 5870. If you do any waiting, it may be so the current cards prices adjust to make room for the new cards. The 4890 should come down in price and if nVidia counters, the GTX 275 should too. Both are good choices for your monitor.

I should have changed my post to read $1100.00 build, I forgot to add in the graphics card. So with that budget I might get the 5850, I will probably wait and see how that card looks.

Good to know 4GB should be enough, I will also look into the coolers and post my choice.

Thank you for the help.
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September 20, 2009 12:05:11 AM

you said you might do sli or crossfire in future. with i5 build, you cannot get 2 16 lanes..you will have x8 and x8..which limits your video card bandwidth.
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September 20, 2009 2:39:58 AM

This should not be a problem, from what I have read they cannot fill those lanes up.
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September 20, 2009 3:29:16 AM

If youre waiting for the 5850, watch for reviews of 8x/8x CF to see if those cards do.
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September 20, 2009 8:50:59 PM

I like the Coolermaster, looks like a good solution for a good price. The ASUS motherboard has a 4 pin CPU fan connector, if I got a second fan for this unit, where do you connect it?
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September 20, 2009 8:54:45 PM

bigspur said:
I like the Coolermaster, looks like a good solution for a good price. The ASUS motherboard has a 4 pin CPU fan connector, if I got a second fan for this unit, where do you connect it?


power supply. depending on what kind of fan connection it is.
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September 20, 2009 8:57:54 PM

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power supply. depending on what kind of fan connection it is.


Do you mean connect it to one of the PSU connectors or to the PWR_FAN connector on the motherboard?
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September 21, 2009 3:03:56 AM

bigspur said:
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power supply. depending on what kind of fan connection it is.


Do you mean connect it to one of the PSU connectors or to the PWR_FAN connector on the motherboard?

The fan on your PSU heat sink must plug into the main motherboard fan connector.

For additional fans it depends on what kind of fan you get. Many have a manual speed control so using a molex connector and manually controlling the speed is good. With some motherboards using a secondary motherboard connector and controlling the fan speed that way makes more sense.
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September 21, 2009 3:05:45 AM

dndhatcher said:
The fan on your PSU heat sink must plug into the main motherboard fan connector.

For additional fans it depends on what kind of fan you get. Many have a manual speed control so using a molex connector and manually controlling the speed is good. With some motherboards using a secondary motherboard connector and controlling the fan speed that way makes more sense.


^+1 funny how we registered the same month, you have more posts than me, this what you do on spare time?
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September 21, 2009 3:08:51 AM

dndhatcher said:
The fan on your PSU heat sink must plug into the main motherboard fan connector.

For additional fans it depends on what kind of fan you get. Many have a manual speed control so using a molex connector and manually controlling the speed is good. With some motherboards using a secondary motherboard connector and controlling the fan speed that way makes more sense.


Thank you for the information, it will help me when I start putting everything together. I will have to get some adapters for my case fans.
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September 21, 2009 3:16:53 AM

overshocks said:
^+1 funny how we registered the same month, you have more posts than me, this what you do on spare time?
For some reason I have dropped about 10 hours a week on my MMORPG schedule and instead been doing hardware research and posting. The new intel CPUs and ATI GPUs coming out so close together kinda sucked me in.
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September 21, 2009 3:17:14 AM

bigspur said:
Thank you for the information, it will help me when I start putting everything together. I will have to get some adapters for my case fans.


your case fans arent molex?
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September 21, 2009 3:19:14 AM

overshocks said:
your case fans arent molex?


No, 3 pin.
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