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I5 build. Need some advice.

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September 23, 2009 12:23:49 AM

Hey guys, I decided that I will be building an i5 rig as the first computer I will ever build myself. However with my limited knowledge of computer hardware I need some advice from you guys. I've done a lot of reading and research so I came up with this list but I want everyone opinion whether its good or bad what to change etc. I'm still in the process of choosing my parts so here it is. My budget is around 1000$ to 1200$CDN.

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memoryhttp://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Intel Core i5 750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processorhttp://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboardhttp://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
*note: motherboard and processor is a combo deal at newegg.ca

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supplyhttp://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
-As for the graphics card I will be getting one of the new ATI5000 series either the 5870 or the 5850.


I will be using my current case, optical drive, hard drive, key board, mouse and monitor. I will be using windows 7 at 64 bit. I will be playing at the resolution of 1920x1080. I don't think I will be overclocking anything since this is the first computer i will build. My questions are

you think this setup last for 3-4 years?
Are they all compatible with each other?
Is the motherboard good or should I pick the cheaper ones?
Is the power supply good enough I have a feeling its too much but I might decide to go sli ro xfire in the future?
Is the ram good enough?
Is the setup, windows 7 64 bit compatible?

I also want to have the option of going SLI or Xfire in the future when the prices of the new card goes down dirt cheap. Any suggestions?

Thanks for your time.

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September 23, 2009 1:24:32 AM

For memory, I'd suggest 2 steps lower latency and a lower price:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

-you think this setup last for 3-4 years? Yes

-Are they all compatible with each other? Yes

-Is the motherboard good or should I pick the cheaper ones? If you want to preserve SLI/xfire, you are in the right price range.

-Is the power supply good enough I have a feeling its too much but I might decide to go sli ro xfire in the future? The psu is fine for anything appropriate for 1920 resolution, including sli/xfire.

-Is the ram good enough? Go slower speed, lower latency, cheaper, as suggested above.

Is the setup, windows 7 64 bit compatible? Yes
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