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I am building a new core i5 rig and would appreciate some advice. Thanks to all who help in advance.


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: 1k-1.2k

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: mouse, keyboard, speakers
I have a Logysis 550 clear acrylic PSU that i bought on clearance at xoxide, I know its junk, will buy a new one if needed.
http://www.xoxide.com/logisys-550w-pcix-acrylic.html

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: teh egg COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: XFX 4770 45nm since I dont plan on dropping 150 on a new monitor anytime soon. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150369

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Getting this case : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112241 Talk about expensive. Would like this mobo to match since it has window, but not absolutely needed : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186175

Edit: speakers not needed
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  1. Do you care about the AMD logo on the case your new Core i5 750 is going into?

  2. go amdtel
  3. WR2 said:
    Do you care about the AMD logo on the case your new Core i5 750 is going into?

    http://images17.newegg.com/is/image/newegg/11-112-241-S04?$S640$


    That makes me smile. Throw a GTX 275 in there with a Radeon HD 4650 sticker on it. I would be a grinning fool. Yep, as opposed to just a fool.
  4. You don't need a 4770 for 1280x1024
    Maybe get 4670 for $69.99
  5. Yeah I know its there and dont mind.
  6. I can't remember anyone asking to color match a motherboard before - but I guess it's probably happened.

    ASUS Maximus III Formula 1156 P55 $250

    Or Foxconn Inferno Katana Be sure to look for good reviews of this board. We don't see many Foxconn MB's recommended.
  7. Best answer
    SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223B $30.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151187

    LIAN LI ARMORSUIT PC-P50R Red Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $229.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112241

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5 $54.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

    XFX HD-477A-YDFC Radeon HD 4770 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card $109.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150369

    CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply $89.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL $85.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

    ASUS Maximus III Formula LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard $249.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131482

    Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 $189.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm $29.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    Grand Total: $1,071.91

    Others can tweak this accordingly :).
  8. Lol era beat me to it, but check the axiotech link that the xigmatek scorpion is red as well
  9. Spending a little more for style, here's my picks:

    XFX 4850 1gb $125 - For just a few bucks more, you'll be getting a better GPU. My 4850 512 maxes everything except crysis, so the 1gb should be super solid for a while.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150351

    i5 750 and Vigor Monsoon III Combo: $228 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.260484
    CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215
    HSF http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835702007

    EVGA mobo and Win Vista HP w/free win7 upgrade: $290 - $10mir http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.261712
    Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188055
    OS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116677

    4gb GSkill Ram Cas 7 1600: $95 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231279

    OCZ 550w Fatalty PSU: $65 - $25 mir and -10% with code cz10: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022
    For $65 more, there is a more powerful 700w version of this PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341023

    Your case of choice: $230 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112241

    Spinpoint F3 1tb HDD: $80 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    Or the 500gb for $55 linked above

    Optical: $31 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151187

    Shipping $33

    Total: $1170 - $35 mir if you want
  10. Thanks, I really appreciate all. A question on the Foxconn, why is it not liked? I have seen some nice reviews, even some on this forum.
    http://www.benchtec.co.uk/index.php/2009/09/14/foxconn-inferno-katana-gti-review/
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/263201-30-latest-platform-foxconn-inferno-katana-look
  11. snakej said:
    Lol era beat me to it, but check the axiotech link that the xigmatek scorpion is red as well
    XIGMATEK HDT-RS1283 Red Scorpion also needs the
    Crossbow I5361 1156 adapter kit
  12. skora said:
    Spending a little more for style, here's my picks:

    XFX 4850 1gb $125 - For just a few bucks more, you'll be getting a better GPU. My 4850 512 maxes everything except crysis, so the 1gb should be super solid for a while.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150351

    i5 750 and Vigor Monsoon III Combo: $228 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.260484
    CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215
    HSF http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835702007

    EVGA mobo and Win Vista HP w/free win7 upgrade: $290 - $10mir http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.261712
    Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188055
    OS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116677

    4gb GSkill Ram Cas 7 1600: $95 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231279

    OCZ 550w Fatalty PSU: $65 - $25 mir and -10% with code cz10: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022
    For $65 more, there is a more powerful 700w version of this PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341023

    Your case of choice: $230 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112241

    Spinpoint F3 1tb HDD: $80 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    Or the 500gb for $55 linked above

    Optical: $31 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151187

    Shipping $33

    Total: $1170 - $35 mir if you want

    Forget the 4850, for the same exact price $125 you can get a 4870. I wouldn't go any lower than a 4870 for a new build...o and it matches the colors of your theme haha.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150441
  13. cory1234 said:
    Forget the 4850, for the same exact price $125 you can get a 4870. I wouldn't go any lower than a 4870 for a new build...o and it matches the colors of your theme haha.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150441

    Yeah, the 4870 would be a better fit for that price. Since there's room in the budget, lets go for the 1gb flavor for $140+
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=40000048&Description=4870%201gb&name=Desktop%20Graphics%20%2f%20Video%20Cards&ActiveSearchResult=True

    Foxconn like most mobos will do their job at stock speeds just the same as others. Once you start OCing, then Foxconn will trail behind the Asuses and Gigabytes of the world. Intial quality might be an issue also compared to the top tier boards.
  14. sonic-boom said:
    Thanks, I really appreciate all. A question on the Foxconn, why is it not liked? I have seen some nice reviews, even some on this forum.
    http://www.benchtec.co.uk/index.php/2009/09/14/foxconn-inferno-katana-gti-review/
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/263201-30-latest-platform-foxconn-inferno-katana-look



    That guy didn't know what he was talking about, ignore him. Foxconn motherboards are good.
  15. Thanks for all of the input. Still deciding on the mobo, Foxconn Katana GTI or Asus Maximux III.
  16. Foxconn isn't bad, nobody question Foxconn in here, but plain simple Asus work closely with republic of gamers to make that board, it has everything us "gamers" want, is almost as if we designed that board with the stuff we wanted in it, although the Foxconn isn't bad FOR ITS PRICE that is, i'll say go for the Asus if you have the money, if you don have enough money than thats a different story, and the Foxconn wouldn't be a bad ALTERNATIVE but thats all it is an ALTERNATIVE.
  17. While I take reviews from newegg with a grain of salt, the foxconns do seem to have a higher reported DOA rate than Asus or Giga. Not nearly as bad as an ECS, but l'd recommend the Asus before Foxconn for quality control reasons alone.
  18. without mentioning that every DOA comment on the Asus motherboard has a answere from a representative, don't see that on Foxconn.
  19. This was just pointed out to me by zipzoomflyhigh:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/budget-p55-motherboard,2436-15.html

    For overclocking, which the OP wants as an option, the second tier boards and lower do have quality issues. Foxconn would be a second tier or lower.
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