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September 20, 2009 8:28:57 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Over the next 2-3 weeks BUDGET RANGE: $1000-$1200 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, other trusted sites COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use an Intel CPU

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like this PC to be highly upgradable, so I don't have to start from scratch again in a couple years.
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1. CPU/MoBo/RAM: $410
Combo, Intel Core i5, Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3R, G.SKILL Trident 4GB DDR3 2000

2. Case/PSU: $195
Combo, Antec Nine Hundred Two, Antec EarthWatts 750W

or Case/PSU: $250
Combo, Antec 1200 with 750w PSU

3. HD/OS: $150
Combo, Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB, Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium

4. DVD Burner: $34
Sony Optiarc Black 24x DVD+R

5. Video card: 5850 when released ~$300

I am partial to the Antec 1200 case, but would like to hear your opinions. I will most likely add more HD's down the line and possibly another video card.

I am not sure about this MoBo....Any suggestions?

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September 20, 2009 9:32:06 PM

Either the 902 or 1200 are good choices. Overall, good build. Haven't used that board yet (but using the X5-UD3R, which is OK for most, but it's got a massive vdroop), but the Precision OV feature sounds promising if OCing. If planing to OC down the road, grab a CoolerMaster Hyper 212.

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I would like this PC to be highly upgradable, so I don't have to start from scratch again in a couple years.

if that is truly the case, go X58. The X58's will get the 6 core CPUs (aka i9) while the P55 will not.

September 20, 2009 10:18:46 PM

Shadow703793 said:
Either the 902 or 1200 are good choices. Overall, good build. Haven't used that board yet (but using the X5-UD3R, which is OK for most, but it's got a massive vdroop), but the Precision OV feature sounds promising if OCing. If planing to OC down the road, grab a CoolerMaster Hyper 212.

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I would like this PC to be highly upgradable, so I don't have to start from scratch again in a couple years.

if that is truly the case, go X58. The X58's will get the 6 core CPUs (aka i9) while the P55 will not.
http://static.arstechnica.com/Roadmap1.jpg



Thanks for the advice. Where can I find the coolermaster hyper 212?

Also, do you know of any x58's to run with i5? I think jumping up to i7 will put me over budget.
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September 20, 2009 11:39:57 PM

Cwood429 said:
Thanks for the advice. Where can I find the coolermaster hyper 212?

Also, do you know of any x58's to run with i5? I think jumping up to i7 will put me over budget.


The P55 boards just came out last week, so it might be a bit early to already be killing them off on here imo. btw that board you have in your build isn't a true dual card board for the fact the other PCI-E slot only runs at 4x. So let's set you up with a board that runs two cards at 8x and 8x. Also this board down below is set up to run SLI and Crossfire...so your not stuck with out any choices on a dual card set up.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$30.00 Combo Price: $339.98 Free Shipping*
ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Intel Core i5 750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $29.99
COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
September 20, 2009 11:45:46 PM

Why_Me said:
The P55 boards just came out last week, so it might be a bit early to already be killing them off on here imo. btw that board you have in your build isn't a true dual card board for the fact the other PCI-E slot only runs at 4x. So let's set you up with a board that runs two cards at 8x and 8x. Also this board down below is set up to run SLI and Crossfire...so your not stuck with out any choices on a dual card set up.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$30.00 Combo Price: $339.98 Free Shipping*
ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Intel Core i5 750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $29.99
COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail



Again, I really appreciate the feedback.

I was actually continuing my research and found that CPU cooler. Also, I was looking at the ASUS P7P55D PRO and the ASUS P7P55D EVO.....any thoughts?
September 20, 2009 11:52:48 PM

Cwood429 said:
Again, I really appreciate the feedback.

I was actually continuing my research and found that CPU cooler. Also, I was looking at the ASUS P7P55D PRO and the ASUS P7P55D EVO.....any thoughts?


The only difference between those two boards is the EVO cost an extra $20 more and it has more crap on there that you most likely will never use. Also you can come down a bit on that RAM you chose and get a decent set of G.Skill ripjaws for $20 less and still get a decent o/c.
September 20, 2009 11:55:28 PM

Cwood429 said:
Thanks for the advice. Where can I find the coolermaster hyper 212?

Also, do you know of any x58's to run with i5? I think jumping up to i7 will put me over budget.


Ok...double post and all that...I can post an x58 build on here that would fit your price range but it would mean changing the that case you have to a CM 690 or a CM 922 HAF.
September 21, 2009 12:06:14 AM

Why_Me said:
Ok...double post and all that...I can post an x58 build on here that would fit your price range but it would mean changing the that case you have to a CM 690 or a CM 922 HAF.


Please by all means, I am open to any suggestions.

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September 21, 2009 12:42:31 AM
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This might be a bit over your budget for the fact I haven't added a vid card to this build ...I'm not sure if you going to wait until the new DX11 cards come out next week or go with a gtx 275. The gtx 275 will fit into your budget, but the new cards are going to be like $300 from what Iv'e heard. This build will do a nice o/c and that psu is a quality one that runs neck and neck with the Corsair 750w psu. That case down below is a good size one...it's over 10" wide so you have np fitting a large h/s in it and it's set up to run up to 3 large vid cards. It's the newer brother to the CM 932 HAF. I posted two good links on it at the bottom of this post. That mobo is the Dark Horse of X58 boards this year and has received nothing but great reviews. It has nice easy o/c utilities also.

http://www.provantage.com/cooler-master-rc-922m-kkn1-gp... $69.18
Cooler Master 922 Haf 922 ATX/Micro ATX Include Two 200MM

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product... $99.99 Free Shipping
PC Power and Cooling SILENCER 750W QUAD S75CF Power Supply Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $169.99
ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$20.00 Combo Price: $399.98 $10.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $389.98 Free Shipping*
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8 G - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$4.00 Combo Price: $39.98
Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

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/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $27.99
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - OEM

Total: $947.09 | $937.09 w/mail in rebate

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/landing/haf922/ <--- more pics, specs, and professional reviews of that Cooler Master 922 HAF

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <--- more pics, specs, and customer reviews of that Cooler Master 922 HAF

ASRock X58 Extreme Reviews

http://www.motherboards.org/reviews/motherboards/1923_1...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cheap-x58-motherboa...

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/mainboards/display/asr...

http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=3593

*Down below is a nice factory over clocked gtx 275

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=GA-GTX275C $214.99 Free Ground Shipping
GIGABYTE nVidia GeForce GTX275 OC 896MB DDR3 DVI/HDMI PCI-Express Video Card
September 21, 2009 1:26:15 PM

Why_Me said:
This might be a bit over your budget for the fact I haven't added a vid card to this build ...I'm not sure if you going to wait until the new DX11 cards come out next week or go with a gtx 275. The gtx 275 will fit into your budget, but the new cards are going to be like $300 from what Iv'e heard. This build will do a nice o/c and that psu is a quality one that runs neck and neck with the Corsair 750w psu. That case down below is a good size one...it's over 10" wide so you have np fitting a large h/s in it and it's set up to run up to 3 large vid cards. It's the newer brother to the CM 932 HAF. I posted two good links on it at the bottom of this post. That mobo is the Dark Horse of X58 boards this year and has received nothing but great reviews. It has nice easy o/c utilities also.

http://www.provantage.com/cooler-master-rc-922m-kkn1-gp... $69.18
Cooler Master 922 Haf 922 ATX/Micro ATX Include Two 200MM

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product... $99.99 Free Shipping
PC Power and Cooling SILENCER 750W QUAD S75CF Power Supply Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $169.99
ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$20.00 Combo Price: $399.98 $10.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $389.98 Free Shipping*
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8 G - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$4.00 Combo Price: $39.98
Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

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/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $27.99
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - OEM

Total: $947.09 | $937.09 w/mail in rebate

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/landing/haf922/ <--- more pics, specs, and professional reviews of that Cooler Master 922 HAF

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <--- more pics, specs, and customer reviews of that Cooler Master 922 HAF

ASRock X58 Extreme Reviews

http://www.motherboards.org/reviews/motherboards/1923_1...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cheap-x58-motherboa...

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/mainboards/display/asr...

http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=3593

*Down below is a nice factory over clocked gtx 275

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=GA-GTX275C $214.99 Free Ground Shipping
GIGABYTE nVidia GeForce GTX275 OC 896MB DDR3 DVI/HDMI PCI-Express Video Card



This looks great, I really appreciate the advice. Thats a nice looking video card but for only like $90 more I can get the new 5850. Do you think the $90 is worth it?
September 21, 2009 10:38:58 PM

^Wait till tomorrow. NDA should be lifted and we should have valid benchmarks :D . +1 for Why_Me's build.
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