First time build, Intel Core i5-750, <$1100, request build advice

Hi, I would appreciate the community reviewing my choices for my very first build. The parts that I could use the most advice on are the Mobo, PSU, and maybe optical drive (although I will welcome all opinions).

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Around Oct. 22 (I just want to clean install Win 7 on it) BUDGET RANGE: <$1100 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Working at home (VNCs), gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, maybe keyboard, mouse, and speakers. Although I may look into a better wireless mouse/keyboard combo later

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:, but can use others. I do have a Micro Center not far away COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA


1. COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail (I already have this, just bought it)
-- $99

2. CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ... - Retail
-- $89.99 - $20 MIR


CORSAIR CMPSU-650HX 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
-- $139.99

3. Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail
-- $199.99

4. ASUS P7P55D LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
-- $149.99


ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
-- $169.99

5. COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ... - Retail
-- $29.99

6. G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail
-- $85.99

7. ASUS EAH4850/HTDI/1GD3/A Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail (or something similar)
-- $119.99 - $20 MIR

8. SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM (maybe 2x of these, not sure if I want to do a Raid 1)
-- $79.99

9. Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
-- $31.99

10. Windows 7 Pro Student edition (full copy), already pre-ordered through calling MS Store - $33

Total: $921 - $40 MIR if I get lower cost PSU and Mobo.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (not at first), if I do I probably won't do any over-volting (I haven't OC-ed before). SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (definitely not at first, but at least want option to later)



This build is an upgrade from my current P4 2.6 Ghz Dell. Getting long in the tooth.

I'm just going with a Radeon HD 4850 vid card for now since I will later get a HD 5850 (maybe in 4-6 months) and move the 4850 into a budget build I will be doing about then. The 5850 will have to come down in price by almost 50% and then I'd consider doing a Crossfire setup. For the 4850, would like one that's quiet and more power efficient.

Does my PSU have enough wattage for what I want? Is it worth it to go modular?

For Mobo, I don't think I'll need SLI, I probably stick to ATI vid cards. I would like eSata or Firewire since I use external drives for backup.

As for optical drive, I'm not sure I'll use LightScribe. Just want it to be quiet and work well.

--10/12 edit, got my Win 7 questions answered
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  1. It has been discussed on these forums that the upgrade is actually the full version but it MAY require a XP/Vista key after installation. Also, a post on here said they called MS Store and go the full version for $37 w/ .edu email. Also, Univs may let you download a free copy of Win 7 pro through MSDN AA.[/url

    Edit: spelling
  2. Thanks for the info on Win 7. I think I'll call the MS Store tomorrow to ask to get a full version of Win 7 Pro x64. If only it were 9 years ago I could get Win 7 through MSDNAA, but I don't have my CSE account anymore.

    On another note, does anyone have any comments on my Mobo, PSU, or other choices?
  3. Bump since I made edits to original post.
  4. Although you said you didn't plan on overvolting, it does help that the board you are looking at passed the test,2436-4.html. Though this doesn't mean since the design is possibly fault it may not blow over time. The build looks like its going to be pretty nice
  5. Crap Newegg discontinued the Spinpoint F3 1TB, and not many others have it although Directron does...
  6. On the 23rd is when the 5700 series cards should come out. One of those should be priced about the same and as fast as the 4850 and still get you DX11.
  7. I think I'm going to tweak my build to use these options:


    GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

    PSU (I like the semi-modular design and also like going to 750W, more room for system adds. Also a lot cheaper than the Corsair HX650):

    Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE ... - Retail

    RAM (better timings, and I have room in my budget):

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH - Retail

    And I may just wait for the ATI 57xx series to come out, although I need to read up on some previews if I can find any. Hopefully they are lower power than 4850 (at least at idle).
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