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October 6, 2009 11:43:05 PM

Wanting to put together a computer for gaming, photoshop, video editing, browsing, etc. Been running an old Athlon 3800+ and a 7600gt for a couple years now and they're showing their age. Wanted to really go with an i5, and try to stay below $900. Also I suck at picking out power supplies. Is this one OK? What do you guy's think of this build?

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

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

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

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

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... [Already Own]

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

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

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

Thanks for your help!

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October 6, 2009 11:54:18 PM

I think you could get a better motherboard, like the GB P55 at $135.. I've had bad experience with asrock mobos..

And if possible pick a GPU that blows air out of the card is better than this one which just dissipates hot air all around your case.
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October 7, 2009 12:39:08 AM

That motherboard wont handle more than one graphics card. As long as you are not looking for that future expansion, Gigabyte is a good manufacturer. EVGA, ASUS, DFI and MSI are other good motherboard manufacturers.

This ASUS P7P55D LE is another with basically the same capabilities and price.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


XFX (lifetime warranty) is the preferred GPU manufacturer. EVGA, Sapphire, HIS and ASUS are also good.
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October 7, 2009 10:50:48 AM

I just purchased all the things for my i5 build from newegg last night.

I went with the Gigabyte board rec'd above since I just used another Gigabyte board last month to build a system for my husband (not p55...but I liked the board despite a RMA for a bad memory controller).

Here is what I went for if you are interested (that's why I'm here...to see what other people are doing for their i5 builds).

One thing though...seriously consider getting an aftermarket CPU cooler. I went with Zalman CNSP10X Quiet. Read the reviews...it will fit on the board. Other i5 builders reviewed it at newegg. On another note, I noticed alot of i5 builders going for the Coolermaster CPU cooler which is alot cheaper than the Zalman. I just like Zalman because they are pretty quiet.

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

Case = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MB = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PS = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU cooler = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The whole build came in under 900$ before rebates and such. With bing.com cashback, and rebates the above components will cost ~830. On a side note...this prices does not include the new keyboard, mouse, DVD/CD drive, and a Win 7 purchase.

Have fun with your build...I hope I will with mine.

Cheers,

Kim
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October 7, 2009 12:13:20 PM

video card/ psu combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

mobo/ram/cpu combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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

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

Hd (1tB): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Mobo gives you option to go crossfire, but with the second card only in a 4X slot. with another 4870 you should still see a big performance boost. build also gives you a 1 tb hd and a good cpu cooler for a bit of overclocking.

all for $852 before shipping and MIRs. after MIRs it would be under $800
keep a look out for combos
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October 7, 2009 2:58:29 PM

Thanks everyone for your help! This should definitely help me decide.
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October 7, 2009 3:57:09 PM

Coolmax is not a quality PSU manufacturer. I would NOT get the GPU + PSU combo suggested above. The cooler suggested also isn't compatible with the LGA 1156 socket.

You can get the OCZ 500W PSU you originally picked in a combo with that XFX 4870 1GB card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $199.98 - $40 MIR's

This cooler is compatible with your system:

COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail $29.99
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October 7, 2009 5:26:57 PM

Thanks! I also have a few questions. I'm not planning on overclocking anything. Do I really need an aftermarket cooler or could I just use the stock?
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October 7, 2009 5:58:00 PM

The stock cooler will work fine for the CPU at stock speed. That's what Intel designed it to do.
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October 7, 2009 6:09:48 PM

The build looks good. Don't forget about an OS. You'll want a 64-bit OS so you can fully use all 4GB of RAM and have the option of adding more later if needed.
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October 7, 2009 6:41:58 PM

smokeybill08 said:
Thanks! I also have a few questions. I'm not planning on overclocking anything. Do I really need an aftermarket cooler or could I just use the stock?


The stock cooler that comes with the chip is horrible. The sink is really thin and the fan is weak. I highly recommend an aftermarket HSF even if you aren't overclocking. I'm not saying to go out and spend $60 on a HSF, but a good $20-30 one would help in the long run.

Just my recommendation... Goodluck and let us know how it goes!
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October 7, 2009 7:57:50 PM

I'm gonna go ahead and buy, then pick up Windows 7 when it drops. I got a copy of the RC I'll use till then.
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