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I5-750 / 5850 - $1000

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October 12, 2009 3:54:55 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: End of the Month BUDGET RANGE: $1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, College Coursework, Videos

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Microcenter COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

PARTS PREFERENCES: i5-750 and 5850

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe as future upgrade

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like to pickup parts from Microcenter when possible to avoid shipping fees, one within 15 minutes of my house.


Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD4P LGA 1156
Microcenter Price: $170.00

Processor:Intel Core i5-750
Microcenter Price: $160.00

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Newegg Price: $86.00

Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W
Newegg Price: $90.00

GPU: Radeon HD 5850 1GB
Newegg Price: $260.00

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
Newegg Price: $80.00

DVD: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW
Newegg Price: $32.00

Case: Antec 300
Microcenter Price: $50.00

CPU Cooler: ?

Windows 7 Student Price: $30.00

Total Before tax and shipping: $958.00

Questions:

Ram Choice. I picked the Ripjaws after seeing them in several other builds. Considering budget and performance are there better or less expensive options?

Case. How will the 5850 fit into the Antec 300? I know it may be tight, but I'm confident that one will fit fine. If I decide I want to Crossfire down the road, how will two manage?

CPU Cooler. Haven't looked into 1156 coolers yet.

More about : 750 5850 1000

October 12, 2009 5:51:23 PM

Thanks, I overlooked the number of PCI-E Connectors. Looking into your suggestion as well as others now.
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October 12, 2009 7:39:48 PM

You have the antec 300 black linked, not the 300 illusion. The illusion is the same case with the two front fans already installed. Without those front fans it wont have the same airflow. (Or you could buy the 300 and a 120x25 fan to install in the front).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The 5850 is only a 9 inch card so it will definitely fit.
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October 12, 2009 7:40:59 PM

Yea, I linked the normal 300 on purpose as I plan to pick it up at a microcenter to avoid shipping fees. If the illusion comes up with free shipping on newegg I will snatch it up quickly.
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October 12, 2009 7:51:30 PM

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If you plan to overclock, I'd stay away from s1156 mobo's until the capacitor blowing issues are addressed by Intel.


I had not heard about this. Care to elaborate with links or more info?
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October 13, 2009 1:49:59 PM

dndhatcher said:
If you overclock you need to be aware that the p55 is not rated for as high of voltages as prior chipsets. Toms reviewer jumped the voltage to 1.45 for overclocking and fried 3 of 5 p55 motherboards.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/budget-p55-motherbo...


Thanks for the info. I see the blown boards were ASRock, ECS, and MSI. I'm confident in Gigabyte, but will be cautious when OCing.
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October 13, 2009 3:54:42 PM

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How do you know? They only tested 5 brands and that was just testing. And it not only fried the board, it fried the processor too.

How do you know the other brands wont fail too at a later date? Theres been a ton of posts here the last few days about overclocked i5's that worked fine for a week or two and now they wont boot or they crash.

These boards are built on Intel spec and I would hold off on buying any of them. If your blows due to overclocking, they are not going to replace it.

And it wasn't just 1.45v, one of them failed at 1.36v.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/264400-30-help-system...



I guess it is a good thing I am waiting until the end of the month then. Hopefully by then there will be more information on the matter. For now I will just pickup case, psu, GPU and such that are unrelated to P55.
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