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October 20, 2009 5:45:07 PM

This is my first time building a computer, I would like some help. I am mainly going to use it for gaming and surfing the internet.

My preferred website would be www.newegg.com

This is what i have so far

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922
CPU: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz
Mobo: ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W
Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
GPU: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100269VXLE Radeon HD 4890 1GB
CD / DVD Burner: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

I am looking to purchase all of this about next week. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Edit:forgot the CPU :)  I have taken some of your suggestions. Thanks a
ton!

Edit2: Alright thanks for the suggestions, i have gone with the 4890. My monitor resolution will be 1680 x 1050. Thanks for all the help so far!

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October 20, 2009 6:01:47 PM

Picked out a CPU yet? What you have is looking pretty good.
The EVGA SSC version is just $2 more after rebate
Powercolor HD 4890 $170 would save some money and perform a bit better too.
What size monitor will you be using?

The WD Caviar Green is a slight performance mis-match for a gaming system. It's the energy savings model - it spins down pretty aggressively.
By next week you'll see Win7 in the listings for the same price.
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October 20, 2009 8:22:45 PM

WR2 said:
Picked out a CPU yet? What you have is looking pretty good.
The EVGA SSC version is just $2 more after rebate
Powercolor HD 4890 $170 would save some money and perform a bit better too.
What size monitor will you be using?

The WD Caviar Green is a slight performance mis-match for a gaming system. It's the energy savings model - it spins down pretty aggressively.
By next week you'll see Win7 in the listings for the same price.
Thanks for the suggestion of the SSC version.

I have stayed with a nvidia card, but thank you for the suggestion of the 4890!
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October 20, 2009 8:26:42 PM

Those Lite-On DVD drives are loud. I like the LG or Samsung ones better.
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October 20, 2009 8:29:24 PM

for some reason ppl struggle with the ocz plat 1333's
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October 20, 2009 8:44:09 PM

You sure about the GTX260? I mean, with the HD5xxx series and all...
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October 20, 2009 9:35:52 PM

ATI cards don't run PhysX for those who are really picky on graphics.
That means overall, the games will look better with PhysX, but not by much.
I have a system with dual 4870s and another one with dual GTX 260s. I like them both. I would love it if my 4870s can run PhysX. Overall my 4870s perform a tad better and run much cooler and use less power than my GTX 260s.
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October 22, 2009 2:16:46 AM

Alright, i have updated my list AGAIN :)  Tell me what ya think!
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October 22, 2009 2:36:08 PM

If you don't plan on overclocking, you won't need a cooler. The Lynnfields run really cool. I get temps in the low 30s (Celsius) with the stock cooler on my i7 860. Otherwise one of the ziggys that WR2 suggested should do you just fine.

Also, if you plan on adding a side fan you'll want an air filter.

Otherwise, have fun building your first computer.
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October 22, 2009 5:52:13 PM

If you don't plan on overclocking you won't need a cooler or that HAF 922 case.

The Powercolor 4890 has slightly better performance specs (850/975) than the Sapphire VaporX 4890 (850/950) you have linked now.
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