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Newbie trying to build an i5 with GTX 260 :) help needed

Hey everyone,
This is my first attempt at building a computer and I really need help choosing parts and making sure everything is capatible with each other. I plan to build an overall all-around pc based on the i5 cpu and gtx 260. Here's my info :)


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-2weeks
BUDGET RANGE: ~$800 plus $150 for monitor
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (esp MMO's like Aion), web surfing, adobe suite, word processing, work
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Tigerdirect
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, Nvidia, anything that is reliable
OVERCLOCKING: no (I don't know how to)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: maybe? I have no clue what those are.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 +

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am REALLY new at this so I only know half of what I've doing. I want to build a PC that will last me a number of years before I have to upgrade. I also would like nice parts at a decent price. I haven't decided a case yet because I'm unsure of what to get. Oh yeah, I plan to upgrade to windows 7.

Some questions I have is about the PSU. I'm not sure if the psu I linked to is compatible with my video card or cpu. Also, I was researching the gtx 260 and there's been a lot of complaints about it DOAing or just dying a few days after use. Is the gtx 260 a good card or should i opt for a different one?

Any advice and help with my build is really really appreciated. ^_^


Processor: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD3R LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128401
Video Card: EVGA 896-P3-1257-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130433
PSU: Rosewill RP600V2-S-SL 600W ATX12V v2.01 SLI Ready Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182032
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231193
Optical Drive: LITE-ON Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106333
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073
Case: I haven't decided on it. If you want to suggest me one, feel free! (clear sided is preferred)

I have also been suggested to getting a cpu cooler and not using the intel stock cooler...

Thanks for the help in advance!
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  1. Best answer
    Video Card: You can get an ATI 4890 for less than the price of that GTX 260.

    PSU: Not a good brand


    Here's a suggestion:

    Intel Core i5-750
    +
    MSI P55-CD53 LGA 1156
    Combo Price: $304.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.245507

    OCZ Obsidian 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600Mhz
    +
    SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100269VXLE Radeon HD 4890 1GB
    Combo Price: $261.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.270565

    Antec Nine Hundred Black
    +
    Antec BP550 Plus 550W Modular PSU
    Combo Price: $154.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.265995

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB - $54.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395

    LITE-ON Black SATA CD/DVD Burner - $28.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    Grand Total:* $805.92 (before $30 Mail in Rebates)
  2. I would go with build's build (wtf? hahaha) except for the following:

    Mobo: Asus P7P55D http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131404
    Memory: Gskill Ripjaws http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231279
    Harddrive: Samsung F3 500 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

    And as for PSU, go with Corsair or Silverstone. Other brands give top notch PSUs as well... for example, I just bought a cooler master silent pro. You may have to hunt for these though. Stick to the name brands and you should be fine.
  3. era86 said:
    I would go with build's build (wtf? hahaha)


    :lol:


    era86 said:


    I always recommend that HDD but it's out of stock atm :(
  4. Thanks for the suggestions! :) I am definitely looking into those parts.

    I have a few more questions though. I was looking at the sapphire vapor card and I was wondering if it is up to par to the gtx 260. Like, what are the differences between both cards?

    If I change the graphics card, do I have to change the motherboard also?

    and... is a 550w PSU too small to power my system?

    If I wanted to change the case, what type of case should I look for?

    OH! and should I consider a CPU cooler? I was reading everywhere and a lot of people are suggesting this one:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
  5. Link to the Sapphire card please? :)

    Also, you will not have to change the if the video card uses PCI-E. And like I mentioned before, you're going to want a more quality PSU with ample wattage, not just a PSU with ample wattage. Look into other brands besides Rosewill.
  6. era86 said:
    Link to the Sapphire card please? :)

    Also, you will not have to change the if the video card uses PCI-E. And like I mentioned before, you're going to want a more quality PSU with ample wattage, not just a PSU with ample wattage. Look into other brands besides Rosewill.


    sure :)

    Sapphire http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102848
    GTX 260 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130433

    Is there anything specific I should be looking for in a PSU? I know that I need a specific amt of amps to power my video cards.
  7. The Sapphire ATI 4890 is on par with the GTX 275, and the 275 > 260 ;)

    You won't have to change the motherboard.

    The 550W I suggested is enough.

    You said you wanted a case which is clear sided, so I assumed you meant you wanted it to have a window. The Antec 900 has excellent cooling and has a window.
  8. build said:
    The Sapphire ATI 4890 is on par with the GTX 275, and the 275 > 260 ;)

    You won't have to change the motherboard.

    The 550W I suggested is enough.

    You said you wanted a case which is clear sided, so I assumed you meant you wanted it to have a window. The Antec 900 has excellent cooling and has a window.


    Haha...yeah, clear sided case is what i'm looking for. :) So I can't just go for ANY case right? I need one with sufficient cooling?

    Is the Sapphire VApor 4890 reliable? I know the GTX 260 crashes a lot and is DOA...

    Would you also recommend a cpu cooler? I was looking into this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    Thanks, I'll go with your PSU :)
  9. Totally forgot build's build (again, lol) had an Antec PSU, so yea you should be fine with that.

    As for the CPU cooler, I have a CM Hyper 212+ with and added 120 mm fan on it. My 860 idles at 24C. That might be good for you because it only costs 25 on Amazon.

    If you want something a little more extreme, go with Noctua or AC Freezer Rev. 2.
  10. You can go for a cheaper case if you want, just make sure it has 2 or more case fans.

    I have a Sapphire 4890 and it hasn't failed me yet :)

    If you plan on overclocking then get a CPU cooler, otherwise the stock cooler will suffice.
  11. Thanks for everything guys! you both have helped me a lot. :love:

    Almost forgot, I can choose between any of those mobos you both suggested right? any of them will fit the video card (either video card)?
  12. Yeah, mine is cheaper but the Asus P7P55D era86 suggested would be better if you don't mind spending more
  13. I would wait for the ATI HD 5850 to become available. For about $60 more you get a card similar to the 4890 in performance and DX11 support!
  14. His resolution is only 1680x1050, he would be fine even with a 4870. Plus his budget is only $800, he is already slightly over-budget as it is :)
  15. build said:
    His resolution is only 1680x1050, he would be fine even with a 4870. Plus his budget is only $800, he is already slightly over-budget as it is :)


    I am planning on purchasing a 22" monitor (which can possibly go above 1680x1050). But yeah, I don't want to spend too much on just a video card. Thanks for the suggestion though. :)

    Oh, and "he" is actually a "she" :P
  16. Sorry about that :lol:

    I have an LG 22" monitor with 1920x1080 resolution and my Sapphire 4890 plays any game I throw at it nicely :)
  17. cynicism said:
    I am planning on purchasing a 22" monitor (which can possibly go above 1680x1050). But yeah, I don't want to spend too much on just a video card. Thanks for the suggestion though. :)

    Oh, and "he" is actually a "she" :P


    Stereotyping at its finest :) :)

    As for the video card, you really are better off with the 5850. It is about 60-70 more than 4890? And you will be able to run newer monitors at higher resolutions better. You also get DX11 support. I would try my best to fit the 5850 in there especially if you consider upgrading your monitor.
  18. cynicism said:
    Oh, and "he" is actually a "she" :P


    Based on rule 29 of the internet I am inclined to not believe you.

    http://www.rulesoftheinternet.com/index.php5?title=Main_Page
  19. build said:
    Sorry about that :lol:

    I have an LG 22" monitor with 1920x1080 resolution and my Sapphire 4890 plays any game I throw at it nicely :)


    sweet! Thanks for that input. At least I know it works.

    Quote:
    As for the video card, you really are better off with the 5850. It is about 60-70 more than 4890? And you will be able to run newer monitors at higher resolutions better. You also get DX11 support. I would try my best to fit the 5850 in there especially if you consider upgrading your monitor.


    When does that come out? I'm not a heavy PC gamer (except for MMO's) so I'm not extremely worried about keeping up with directx. I mostly play console games. ^^

    Quote:
    Based on rule 29 of the internet I am inclined to not believe you.


    LOL. that's all I have to say :P

    And would you guys recommend ATI or Nvidia? I heard Nvidia's drivers are better (something like that). Unbias input would be best. :)
  20. For some reason, I can't edit my previous message, but I just wanted to ask if it's better than the PSU be on the bottom of the case rather than the top?
  21. Just look for a case that you like, has decent cooling and fits your budget :)
  22. cynicism said:
    For some reason, I can't edit my previous message, but I just wanted to ask if it's better than the PSU be on the bottom of the case rather than the top?


    Funny you should bring that up: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/267934-28-mount-power-supply

    I guess it comes down to preference, but there seem to be more benefits to having it mounted on the bottom.
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