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2010? - I5 gaming rig - $1700

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October 15, 2009 11:08:03 AM

Ok i just built a new computer and now my friend wants me to build one for him!! (i have $1700 to spend on everything..)
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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: at least before or during January 2010
BUDGET RANGE: $1700
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: light gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies
PREFERRED WEBSITE FOR PARTS: newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use an Intel I5 cpu and a p55 mobo
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 7 home premium 64bit

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This is pretty much what i have chosen (there are a few selections that i need some help with though)
**are the parts i need help with

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - $199
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I have always had great TEMPS with stock CPU coolers so unless said otherwise i will use the stock cooler for the I5.

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory - $99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

**Motherboard - best one out of those 5? $100-$170
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...$100%20-%20$200&ActiveSearchResult=True#

**Power supply - 700W needs to be a reliable brand $80-$140
http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategor...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor - $199
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX/m-ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - $99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sony Optiarc Black 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - $32
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Logitech MX518 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 1800 dpi Gaming-Grade Mouse - $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XTRAC PADS Ripper Optical Mouse pad - $14
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Saitek PZ30AU Black 104 Normal Keys 4 Function Keys USB Standard Eclipse Keyboard - $38
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - $7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Logitech Z-2300 200 watts RMS 2.1 Speaker System - $104
http://www.logicbuy.com/deals/Logitech-Z-2300-THX-2-1-S...

OK I AM AT $1400 BEFORE TAX/SHIP

Post your choice of MOBO, PSU, and if you see any issues with the stuff i have chosen. Also post more stuff i might need or be useful to make it even better!!

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October 15, 2009 12:56:02 PM

First of all, the motherboard: i really like Gigabyte they have less problems than ASUS and are most reliable but if i were you i wud forget the UD3 because while you wont be doing XFire its always a good idea to leave that option open so i suggest you go for the UD4 so you will have 2x PCI-E16x II lanes whereas the UD3 only give 1 16x PCI-E II & 1 4x PCI-E I and the UD4 is really a UD6 missing some of the embellishments.

Graffix card: i too like the idea of getting on board ATI`s new road show by buying a reasonably priced 5xxx series card but the card youve picked is similarly priced to the 4870 and 1or2 4890 cards both of which are faster but i wud go for the 4890 myself the main reason being that it can handle the high resolution of the screen youve chosen whereas the 5770 is going to struggle with its 128bit memory bus.

PSU: thinking about that XFire option shud you decide to go there in future you will need a unit that has 4x PCi 6/8 pin connectors and the Corsair TX 750w fills that bracket perfectly and is prolly the best value/performance ratio around.

Computer Case: although the Antec 900 is a good case its a bit dated now and the thing i dont like about Antecs is the crumby cable management, its non existent unless you mod the case yourself. A lot of these problems stem from having to mount the PSU upside down which Antec recommend you do and that puts the wiring on the wrong side for management which is all important for that airflow and heat dissipation. Ive got a CM Storm Sniper which is only `a few dollars more`and gives you looks, cable management, a multi fan control centre, filtered intake, 3x200mm fans + a 120 at the back and its modern and beautiful.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119194
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102848

Have a look at some other 4890 cards before you decide the Saphire is in the middle price wise, the rest of your stuff looks ok to me but do consider what ive said
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