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I5-750 + HD5850 Build, need help finalizing

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September 26, 2009 1:55:59 PM

Hi,

I posted here about 2 weeks ago and received great help from you guys... I already picked up a few pieces of my new build, and I am DONE waiting for new things to come out (it never ends!).

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within 1-2 weeks.

BUDGET RANGE: $900 USD +/- 50

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: GAMES

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, PSU, Windows 7

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Any reliable site (I'm from California, so if I can save some tax from an out of state etailer that would be great). I also have a Microcenter nearby I can drive to.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA (California)

PARTS PREFERENCES: i5, HD5850

OVERCLOCKING: YES

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not now. But in the future maybe (if motherboard is within budget and if my 550W PSU can handle it).

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:


Parts I already have:
Acer P235H 23" 5ms LCD 1920x1080
OCZ 550FTY 550W Active Power Supply Retail


Parts I need:
CPU, heatsink, Motherboard, RAM, GPU, Tower, Hard Drive, Optical Drive, Thermal Paste :D 


My current wishlist:

i5-750 - $159.99

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout + COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 - Combo $109.98

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH - Retail - $94.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM - $49.99

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - OEM - $31.99

Total Price including tax and shipping minus bing cashback : $499.35


Still need help deciding on:

With about $400 left in budget I need to pick up a Mobo and GPU.

Motherboard. Xfire capability would be nice, but not sure if my 550W PSU (which I already bought) could handle it, and it will probably push me over budget. The most important factor would be overclocking stability and quality of materials (don't care about those automatic overclocking gimmicks)

GPU. Leaning toward the 5850. Zipzoomfly had the XFX HD5850 for 269.99 just a few minutes ago for preorder. And now it's 299.99 and says out of stock! :fou: 

Thats about it. Feel free to critique my build, suggest combos, or anything. Saving a few bucks is always nice! (As long as there's not too much performance compromise) I was thinking of maybe changing to a cheaper case or something, or shaving a few bucks off the RAM.
September 26, 2009 5:20:59 PM

I'm looking for something around the same pricepoint with an i5 750 and Radeon 5850 as well.

Any suggestions on a Mobo?
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September 27, 2009 3:53:33 AM

For the motherboard, if you buy from a famous company like MSI, Gigabyte, ASUS, but if you buy a cheaper version, does it mean the overclock Quality isn't as good?
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September 27, 2009 4:51:05 AM

Godzealot said:
For the motherboard, if you buy from a famous company like MSI, Gigabyte, ASUS, but if you buy a cheaper version, does it mean the overclock Quality isn't as good?


Not necessarily. Read the (few) reviews you can find, and real about the boards on the manufacturer's site. I'm leaning towards the ASUS board, but I'm not quite positive yet.
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September 27, 2009 4:58:05 AM

The OC ability has more to do with the chipset followed by the quality of components on the mobo itself. If you get an Asus or Gigabyte, even the entry models, you'll have a good OC board. Since you've locked yourself into a single GPU solution without a PSU upgrade, you can pick one that only has 1x pcie 2.0 x16 slot. That will be the boards around $100, so you can still get your 5850 and stay well under the $1k mark.

Tigerdirect is exempt from CA taxes.
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September 27, 2009 5:08:15 AM

Thank you! Even 5850 should be a huge upgrade for me. I have a Athlon 3200+ with Radeon 9700 lol.
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September 27, 2009 1:02:03 PM

Just in case anyone else is looking to get this board (and from California), I found it on http://www.provantage.com/gigabyte-technology-ga-p55m-u...

You can get it for $110 shipped no tax (save 10 bucks vs newegg)

Also for the Storm Scout case, it has a free shipping promo code on Newegg. SPETFS
I saved $9.61, and it works with the combo!
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September 27, 2009 2:12:22 PM

Godzealot said:
Just in case anyone else is looking to get this board (and from California), I found it on http://www.provantage.com/gigabyte-technology-ga-p55m-u...

You can get it for $110 shipped no tax (save 10 bucks vs newegg)

Also for the Storm Scout case, it has a free shipping promo code on Newegg. SPETFS
I saved $9.61, and it works with the combo!


Thanks!

This is kind of a thread hijack, but if I had something with similar specs and wanted crossfire in the future, what would be a good mobo around $150 to purchase?

Also, is this PSU good enough for Xfire? http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...
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September 27, 2009 2:20:36 PM

Don't hijack threads!!!!!!!!!!!

But since you're here, no, that PSU isn't great unless its just 4850s you're CF. There's only 2 PCIe 6/8 connections, and you'll need four for a 4870+ CF setup.
Look for something with 4x PCIe connections. The corsair 750tx is a decent choice.

The 790FX will give the best CF performance, but a 790GX should do well too. Just make sure there are in fact 2x PCIe x16 slots on the board. If your looking at the 5850 too, I'd wait till an evaluation review hits to see if the 790gx bottlenecks the CF setup or not.

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September 28, 2009 1:12:29 AM

So my 550W will definitely not suppoort crossfire? haha. How much power do you need for it?
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