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New builder with i5, help please!

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September 26, 2009 1:25:43 AM

Hi, I'm looking for a gaming system that could run games either at medium or high settings (preferably high setting of course).

Originally I was thinking about whether to start with i5, or i7.. but after looking at some websites I'm leaning towards i5, since I don't think it will be necessary to shell out for the extra $ for i7 (is that true?)

My price range is around $1000-1200 but I'd like to get it as low as possible.
I'm sticking with my old 22inch monitor, keyboard, and mouse.


Below are the parts I've been looking at

Intel i5 750 processor

Intel DP55WB Motherboard
Chose this motherboard because this was one of the cheapest ones that I found compatible with i5/i7.
It was only for $120, but should be sufficient enough right?

G.SKILL 6GB DDR3
Will 6GB of ram be too much or not enough or maybe just good enough?
Or are there other brands worth getting?

Hitachi1TB Hard Drive
This was $90 so I think this is fairly good to go with.

Cooler Master HAF 932 Black Case [/b
This looks like a huge case, but looked over a bit on the internet and found good reviews on this.
Should I get a cheaper case or just stick with this one?

EVGA GeForce GTX 260
I've been looking around for video cards, but I don't really want to go over the $200 mark, and I am thinking in the future I could get another GTX 260 for SLI. Don't know if that is a good choice though.
But this should be sufficient to run most games right?

Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply
This power supply was $90, and seems like 750Watt will be sufficient for the system.

Vista w/ window 7 upgrade
The system I'm currently using is windows XP on a 4 year old computer. So I don't really have any operating systems to work with.
I think it would be necessary to upgrade to windows 7 so I found a Vista w/ windows 7 upgrade.
Costs around $140. Are there any other methods that could lower my cost on the OS?

That's all the set up I have right now for this new build. I'm brand new at this, so I don't know if everything will be compatible. Please help me out and give some pointers.

Thanks!

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September 26, 2009 1:46:22 AM

Dont get an intel motherboard. Get the Asus P7P55D Pro, it supports SLI and crossfire and overclocking, along with having better heatsinks on the chipsets for only slightly more when combo'd with an i5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

For an i5 get 4GB of the CL 7 ripjaws, two sticks will run in dual channel providing a performance boost over an odd number
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

One of the fastest 1TB drives out there, for only $80, it will be faster than that hitachi
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would suggest corsair, antec, seasonic, or PC Power & Cooling over ultra for a PSU, for slightly more you can pick up a corsair 750TX, its only 100 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

What is your current resolution? Which GTX260 are you looking at? If its one of the ones like the superclocked edition you are better off getting a 4890 and overclocking that yourself, if its one of the stock clocked ones try to find a combo or check the prices on a 4870 they perform similarly but ATI cards tend to cost less.
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September 26, 2009 2:05:15 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$20.00 Combo Price: $124.94
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Antec TruePower New TP-550 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-P55M-D2 Combo Price: $299.99 | $284.99 $15 off w/ code FUN15, ends 9/30 Free Shipping
Intel Core i5 Processor i5-750 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1156 CPU, Retail
GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 Socket 1156/ Intel P55/ DDR3/ CrossFireX/ A&GbE/ MATX Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBRL - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=SHS223B_BE $29.99 Free Ground Shipping
Samsung SH-S223B/BEBE 22X SATA DVD+/-RW Internal Drive (Black), Bulk w/o Software

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$10.00 Combo Price: $179.98 Free Shipping*
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 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

Total: $802.78
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September 26, 2009 2:27:51 AM

Sorry I forgot to mention I'm from Canada, so those prices I gave were in CND. Thanks a lot for the choices, I think I will drop down to 4GB instead of 6GB since it'll be cheaper too.

My current resolution is 1680 by 1050. The GTX I looked at is:

EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Video Card - 896MB GDDR3, PCI Express 2.0 x16, SLI Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, VGA Support

and this was only 180CND after rebates so I thought it was a decent price.

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