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Advise on a i5-750 Lynnfield system (First time building)

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October 9, 2009 3:26:50 AM

I plan to build this system within a week or two or when the HD5850 becomes available with a budget of $ 900-1100.

I will mostly use the system for gaming and for internet browsing and a bit of college work.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard mouse and speakers.

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD3R LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
Im pretty convinced about getting this CPU but if you have any advice on a different motherboard, please let me know. I found a good combo with the GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD3R on newegg for. $325
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
I plan for this GPU to hold me for a while before upgrading. $260
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
This looks to be a great and affordable case with great airflow, but Im concerned with all the components fitting in, specially the GPU. $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit
Another combo from newegg. $190
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Coole
I don't really know how hot the CPU really is going to get, but this CPU cooler seems to suffice, but if you have a better and maybe cheaper suggestion please let me know. $34
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 20000 :1 (ASCR) Built in Speakers
At first I was aiming to get a monitor with 1920X1200 resolution, but found them too expensive. $170 after rebate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


All this adds up to $1039 while I still need to decide on the PSU, HDD, and Disc Drive. Please, your suggestions are welcome.


PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to build my system around i5 CPU and ATI 5850, but Im willing to get a cheaper GPU and upgrade later if the price of the system goes too high.

I don't know much about overclocking but i would like to overclock in the future, specially the CPU.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I plan to game on a 1920X1080 resolution.

This is the first system i build and although its exciting :bounce:  Im afraid to mess up :ouch: 

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October 9, 2009 4:23:10 AM
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Sweet Jesus! Don't get that HSF! You are much better off with getting one of the CoolerMaster 1156 HSFs, preferably the $30 one. Its not Awesome but it does the job. My advice on HSFs is just use the stock for now and the new brackets should be out soon.

Your case selection will do the job but its going to be cramped! Its a good case and if your on a budget and want to spend your money on more important hardware you have made the right choice. Just make sure to buy the Antec 300 Illusion version or some 120mm fans for the front.

A solid PSU for you would be an Antec 650 Truepower or a Corsair 650 which will cost you from $99-$120

The best HDD you can buy for price/performance is the Spinpoint F3 500GB for $50

A Sony DVD Writer should do the trick. Buy the one you prefer as they are just about all the same. Just make sure its SATA!

*Edit* actually that HSF isn't all that bad. I thought it was a different one. I still think you should wait on the 1156 brackets and get a Xiggy S1283. But to each his own.
October 9, 2009 3:54:23 PM

BohleyK said:
Sweet Jesus! Don't get that HSF! You are much better off with getting one of the CoolerMaster 1156 HSFs, preferably the $30 one. Its not Awesome but it does the job. My advice on HSFs is just use the stock for now and the new brackets should be out soon.

Your case selection will do the job but its going to be cramped! Its a good case and if your on a budget and want to spend your money on more important hardware you have made the right choice. Just make sure to buy the Antec 300 Illusion version or some 120mm fans for the front.

A solid PSU for you would be an Antec 650 Truepower or a Corsair 650 which will cost you from $99-$120

The best HDD you can buy for price/performance is the Spinpoint F3 500GB for $50

A Sony DVD Writer should do the trick. Buy the one you prefer as they are just about all the same. Just make sure its SATA!

*Edit* actually that HSF isn't all that bad. I thought it was a different one. I still think you should wait on the 1156 brackets and get a Xiggy S1283. But to each his own.



Thanks for the advice, what do you think about the mobo? Should i get a cheaper one?
October 9, 2009 4:57:50 PM

The board you select is a solid board. I also went ahead and got a Gigabyte p55 and am very happy with it.

I purchased the P55-UD4P for the pretty heatsink and a few more features like CFX/SLI ready, etc. Its $30 more expensive than the one you selected but worth looking at.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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