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October 9, 2009 3:49:20 AM

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
monitor - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
gpu - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ... - Retail
power - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail
ram - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
case - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

cpu/mobo combo
i5 750
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...
vista 64bit
os - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

comes to 1490


Im about to buy this build, just looking for some imput from the experts making sure its all compatible, and as i never put together a computer before are there step by step instructions that i could use to make sure everything runs right, mostly stuff in bios.

Also I need a heatsink for the cpu not sure which one to get

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October 9, 2009 4:01:27 AM

^ It would be better if you could even post the component names here...Not everyone would like to click all the links to see what you have come up with...

As for your components,
- change the DVD to SATA from IDE - Thinner cable - less clutter...
- Why do you want a slow HDD as your boot drive...Even a Samsung F3/ Seagate 7200.12 drive would be good options or WD Black...
- LCD - Get the 2ms version of the same LCD...
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October 9, 2009 4:27:39 AM

There i updated it a little, but the 2ms monitors are an extra 100bucks so is it really worth it? And i read something about it being more stable with the 1333 ram, or maybe im just confused.
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October 9, 2009 4:42:54 AM

Tomchew said:
There i updated it a little, but the 2ms monitors are an extra 100bucks so is it really worth it? And i read something about it being more stable with the 1333 ram, or maybe im just confused.


Your Mobo will recognize it as 1333 until you adjust the RAM timings in the BIOS, which is pretty simple. Then you will be at 1600 and just as stable.
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October 9, 2009 5:10:38 AM

I updated it a bit more and im looking to buy in the morning, hope everything works "=)
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October 9, 2009 6:15:41 AM

Tomchew said:
There i updated it a little, but the 2ms monitors are an extra 100bucks so is it really worth it? And i read something about it being more stable with the 1333 ram, or maybe im just confused.


From what I've heard, the human eye can't even tell the difference between 2ms and 5ms. 5ms is usually recommended for gaming, but as a minimum.
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October 9, 2009 4:10:33 PM

Ok thanks for all the advice everyone i changed up the monitors like gkay said and went with a diffrent ram.

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

better timings for $6 more not sure if it will make a diffrence or not.

Um just curious how the mir work lol.
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October 9, 2009 5:59:26 PM

Aw Newegg just ran out of 5850s :-(
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October 9, 2009 7:39:33 PM

thats a nice deal but its not on the .ca site
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October 9, 2009 7:54:24 PM

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Personally I'd stay away from s1156 mobo's until the capacitor blowing problem is addressed (if your overclocking).

Even though the Asus and Gigabytes didnt seem to have this problem in Tom's testing, being that they are built on Intel reference designs, means that they still may fail after being used for some time.

If your a chance taking kinda guy then this is a good deal:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Then again, anything can fail after some time right?

Can you provide links for the 1156 capacitor blowing? I want to make sure to protect my investment :) . Thanks for the heads up on this!
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October 9, 2009 8:27:11 PM

Here are a few good informational sites/threads on how to put a PC together... since you asked about it in your first message.
  • Here is a GOOD step-by-step. Really good. If you encounter anything in any other links that contradict this, THIS is the right one. Sadly, no pics: http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/How_To_Assemble_A_Desktop_...
  • Here is a tutorial with pictures that shows how to put together a cheap PC. All parts are cheap and you should NOT use the PSU they use: http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/build_a_500_p...
  • This you tube video has some good points, and is done with fairly modern equipment, all new. The case he is using is a micro-ATX case from Antec: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdsUuWlhOvo
  • Proximon's method for applying thermal paste to Heatpipe Direct Touch (HDT) coolers such as the Xigmatek or Sunbeam CCTF: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/252942-29-some-notes-...
  • This is a good Tom's Hardware article about how to put a PC together. I would recommend reading through this one, as well: http://www.tomshardware.com/review_print.php?p1=1382
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    October 9, 2009 8:28:01 PM

    I see. So I guess the Asus and GB boards are still safe (yeah.. right..). I guess I'll just be careful, although I'm not overclocking.
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    October 9, 2009 8:57:33 PM

    You should be totally safe overclocking without overvolting. You wont get as much of an overclock, but its a free performance boost.
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    October 10, 2009 12:30:28 AM

    Uh I actualy should of asked this before but with this build can I play mmos at max settings for the next couple years? big mmo fan. Also im thinking of getting the 5870 instead because there all out of 5850s, and ive no idea when they will restock, so will my power supply still be good enough?
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    October 10, 2009 12:32:38 AM

    mmo se moer jy sal wow no 20 nog op di kan speel
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    October 11, 2009 12:20:32 AM

    so then what do you suggest for a mobo?
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    October 11, 2009 12:36:16 AM

    The 5870 really doesnt take much more power than a 5850.
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    October 11, 2009 5:15:43 AM

    Tomchew said:
    so then what do you suggest for a mobo?


    Asus or Gigabyte. I've purchased 6 of their boards and none have ever failed on me. I have 2 Asus 1156 boards in the household and I have an I5 overclocked with my main I7 rig stock and they have been just fine and dandy! Although there may be criticisms about these boards, there is always risk when you buy any product, so just be careful and you will be fine.
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    October 11, 2009 4:59:28 PM

    Does it make a diffrence which brand of gpu i buy Gigabyte, Diamond, Sapphire. im having a hard time waiting for the 5850s to come in stock and the 70s are just to expencive.
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    October 11, 2009 8:08:03 PM

    Its all the same card right now. Its just warranty that make the companies different. Sapphire does 2 years from date of purchase, ASUS and Giga do 3 years from date of production, XFX does lifetime. I dont know diamonds.
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    October 13, 2009 3:38:07 AM

    now that newegg put out some asus 5850s im finaly ready to buy my build but i ended up changing a couple things so its crossfire ready if i ever want to use it.

    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

    ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

    So any imput if this psu and mobo will work with this build would be awesome. And uh i know the gpu is large and im curious if it will fit well into my case.
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    October 13, 2009 3:53:21 AM

    Might as well check out this PSU...
    Corsair 650TX - It has more than enough power to run 2x HD 5850 in crossfire and has free Shipping, with USD20 Mail-In-Rebates.
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

    And as for that mobo, it is very good...It supports both SLI and crossfire...
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    October 16, 2009 2:01:01 AM

    Anyone one know when there might be some more 5850s in stock at newegg, ive been waiting and waiting, now some of my hardware is deactivated... ive checked places like Bestbuy but there almost 500bucks.
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    October 16, 2009 4:48:03 PM

    gkay09 said:
    Might as well check out this PSU...
    Corsair 650TX - It has more than enough power to run 2x HD 5850 in crossfire
    Once again, the Corsair 650TX only has 2 PCIE power cables and you need 4 to crossfire 5850s. You have to get the 650HX or 750TX to get 4 PCIE power cables for twin 5850s.
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    October 16, 2009 10:36:54 PM

    dndhatcher said:
    Once again, the Corsair 650TX only has 2 PCIE power cables and you need 4 to crossfire 5850s. You have to get the 650HX or 750TX to get 4 PCIE power cables for twin 5850s.



    Oh yea, good call i did not catch that.
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    November 5, 2009 12:07:13 PM

    I'm surprised that nobody said take Windows 7 as OS instead of Vista.... To OP: I'm tired now its time for me to sleep no actually, but newegg does have some combos on Windows 7. Try to get that instead of Vista.
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