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October 16, 2009 1:33:29 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.....

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...

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...

MSI P55-GD80 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - $214
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - $170
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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...

COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KXN1-GP Black Steel, ABS Plastic, Mesh bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $150
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 $1500 BEFORE TAX/SHIP

If you see any issues with the stuff i have chosen let me know. Also post more stuff i might need or be useful to make it even better!!

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October 16, 2009 1:54:10 AM

A much less expensive modular 750 watt PSU, it is just as good, however for the 5770, even 2 of them, i doubt you would need more than a 550 watt PSU as they only drew 324 from the wall during the review here.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Unless you purchase windows 7 now at the reduced pre-order price, it will increase quite a bit in a few days.

Why such an expensive motherboard? If you arent planning to do heavy overclocking there is no need to pay for all the extra features
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As the prices of the 5xxx series should have dropped a bit by january you may be able to get a 5850 for a bit more than the 5770 is now, that is if fermi ever shows up.
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October 16, 2009 2:30:34 AM

hunter315 said:
A much less expensive modular 750 watt PSU, it is just as good, however for the 5770, even 2 of them, i doubt you would need more than a 550 watt PSU as they only drew 324 from the wall during the review here.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Unless you purchase windows 7 now at the reduced pre-order price, it will increase quite a bit in a few days.

Why such an expensive motherboard? If you arent planning to do heavy overclocking there is no need to pay for all the extra features
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As the prices of the 5xxx series should have dropped a bit by january you may be able to get a 5850 for a bit more than the 5770 is now, that is if fermi ever shows up.


Agreed, get a cheaper ps and motherboard. If you aren't planning on getting an aftermarket heatsink there is no need for 750w or a premium motherboard. Use that extra cash to buy a SSD, you won't be disappointed.

Intel X25M 80gb

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

Or just make your overall build cheaper.
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October 16, 2009 2:59:48 AM

I am looking for very good hardware, that can be upgraded for quite awhile..

I do not want any SSD as their ability to Re-write blocks degrades...

For the motherboard i looked at the reviews and its fairly easy to over clock with it so being my first over clock ill just use the MOBO over clock utility..

Is the stock cooler bad.... i have over clocked my current CPU from 2.93 to 3.73 with the stock cooler and the temps where still low..

if i do over clock the I5 it will only be to around 3.2 or maybe less- would i need an aftermarket cooler for that??

I'm stilll below my friends $1700 limit soo :) 
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