Is this a good i5 build?

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1 week, after I get my report card.

BUDGET RANGE: Around $700

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, programming, and surfing the internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: W/e I have listed below.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like the computer to last a long time.

Gigabyte GA-P55 UD3R + Core i5 750
Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 7200 RPM
Sapphire Radeon HD 4830
G.SKILL 4GB DDR3 SDRAM
Antec 300 Illusion + Antec Earthwatts 650w (Combo deal)

Could someone find a me a good, cheap dvd drive.
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  1. Anyone?
  2. I would suggest the following changes for improved performance:

    Samsung Spinpoint F3 - $55
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

    GSkill Ripjaws - $ 95
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231279

    The hard drive performs exceptionally well and it is quick. Wish I had made that purchase!

    The memory timings on your config aren't too good. You may want to go with the ripjaws for only $10 more.
  3. I would go for the Spinpoint F3 500GB, and a better GPU. At least a 4850, as well as this RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231279

    Edit: era beat me to it
  4. jbakerlent said:
    I would go for the Spinpoint F3 500GB, and a better GPU. At least a 4850, as well as this RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231279

    Edit: era beat me to it


    :) great minds think alike!
  5. Here is the cheapest DVD drive I could find (it isn't a burner though, which you can get one for $10 more)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118031
  6. era86 said:
    I would suggest the following changes for improved performance:

    Samsung Spinpoint F3 - $55
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

    GSkill Ripjaws - $ 95
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231279

    The hard drive performs exceptionally well and it is quick. Wish I had made that purchase!

    The memory timings on your config aren't too good. You may want to go with the ripjaws for only $10 more.

    Thanks for the suggestions. I need my build under $700 so I can't switch the gpu. I'll switch the hd and ram though.
  7. xcrusher said:
    Thanks for the suggestions. I need my build under $700 so I can't switch the gpu. I'll switch the hd and ram though.



    Save money by getting something like this instead of the i5.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103649&Tpk=amd%20720

    I think u need a more graphics power than a 4350 can offer. At that resolution get at least a 4850 or 4870.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150441
  8. raydog said:
    Save money by getting something like this instead of the i5.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103649&Tpk=amd%20720

    I think u need a more graphics power than a 4350 can offer. At that resolution get at least a 4850 or 4870.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150441

    Thats just my desktop resolution and there is a 90% chance I will be upgrading later on when I get more money. I want the i5 =]
  9. Will the 4839 be able to support directx11 or does the gpu have to be made with dx11.
  10. has to be built with dx11 support. they claim 48xx cards will support some dx11 features, but not the big ones like shader model 5.0 or the new tesselation engine
  11. ewood said:
    has to be built with dx11 support. they claim 48xx cards will support some dx11 features, but not the big ones like shader model 5.0 or the new tesselation engine

    Oh, I see. Well.. Anymore suggestions anyone?
  12. Just recommended this build for a 800$ build so take a look if you still need more suggestions
    Cooler Master RC-690 case + 640gb HDD combo 100$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.273732

    OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail 70$ -10% so like 63
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817341022

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail 86$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231193

    Core i5 + Asus P7P55D 1156 mobo combo 330$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.273250

    SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - OEM 31$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827151187

    SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail 160$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814102858

    The samsung f3 spinpoint 500gb hdd they recommended above is better but that combo deal i listed is insanely cheap

    Total: $770 + shipping

    A good video card for that resolution you have is the 4770, which would put this build right in your price range if you dont want dx11 yet
  13. That's pretty good but i need a build that's around $700.
  14. If you can't spend an extra $50-100 dollars, AMD may be a better choice in this case as it will allow you to get a decent GPU.
  15. jbakerlent said:
    If you can't spend an extra $50-100 dollars, AMD may be a better choice in this case as it will allow you to get a decent GPU.


    I'm going to have to agree with this. AMD is much cheaper for very similar GAMING performance. If you really want the I5, save more and just be patient. No need to rush anything.
  16. xcrusher said:
    That's pretty good but i need a build that's around $700.



    Did you read my post? I clearly said that for your resolution you can get the 4770 over the 5770 and it would be right in your ballpark of $700 as the 4770, which will run your resolution fine, is 60 cheaper.
  17. A 4770 is actually not really the best option since it is inferior to the 4850 which retails for the same or less. It does have it's advantages, but gaming performance is not one of them.
  18. sonic-boom said:
    Did you read my post? I clearly said that for your resolution you can get the 4770 over the 5770 and it would be right in your ballpark of $700 as the 4770, which will run your resolution fine, is 60 cheaper.

    I was going to be getting a 4770 but it's around the same price as the 4830.
  19. Inferior? They are very very close in benchmarks and at the resolution he is using it will make NO difference what so ever and what the 40nm manufacturing process of the 4770 its a much better option than the 4850.
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=273&Itemid=72&limit=1&limitstart=5

    Running cooler = higher OC which means > 4850
  20. xcrusher said:
    I was going to be getting a 4770 but it's around the same price as the 4830.


    The 4770 replaced the 4830 and is a better card, the numbers dont mean better
  21. sonic-boom said:
    The 4770 replaced the 4830 and is a better card, the numbers dont mean better


    Replaced the 4830 and costs as much as the 4850.

    I do agree that it has advantages, mainly it runs cooler, uses less power, and can be quieter.
  22. Why is it a big deal that it costs as much as the 4850 if it has almost the same performance but runs cooler and uses less power, at which it doesn't matter that it has less performance because of the resolution the OP is using.
  23. sonic-boom said:
    The 4770 replaced the 4830 and is a better card, the numbers dont mean better

    ok
    Any other suggestions?
    If my crappy intel 865g can support 1280x1024 why wouldn't the 4830 be able to support it fine? I don't see a point in getting the 4770 and wasting money because i'll be getting a 5xxx around Christmas anyways.
  24. Thank for the suggestiions, I won't switch the cpu/mobo because I prefer atx. The ram and case i'll switch.
  25. xcrusher said:
    Thank for the suggestiions, I won't switch the cpu/mobo because I prefer atx. The ram and case i'll switch.


    If you're replacing the RAM get this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148262

    If you have a good excuse not to get this best-value RAM, I'd like to hear it. I have a set running here at DDR3-1980 1.65V
  26. Crashman said:
    If you're replacing the RAM get this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148262

    If you have a good excuse not to get this best-value RAM, I'd like to hear it. I have a set running here at DDR3-1980 1.65V


    At what latencies?
  27. jbakerlent said:
    At what latencies?


    At DDR3-1980 it runs at stock CAS 9 latencies. It will run DDR3-1600 CAS 8.

    Read the Tom's Hardware article on how extra-tight timings and extra-high speeds show no tangible benefits on Core i7, then apply that knowledge to value: The price is right, and if you need the extra speed to show off you can get it.
  28. I see, good to know.
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