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October 22, 2009 4:03:47 PM

I am looking to buy an i5 system today. Budget is 800. Would these parts work? Would you recommend any upgrades? Thanks so much!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX HD-487A-ZWFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

Subtotal: $704.89

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week
BUDGET RANGE: Around $800 Before Rebates - Would like to be under 800 though.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, general use, surfing the net, writing papers, and just about it all.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Amazon, I do have a micro center 5 minutes away. So whatever.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel i5 processor.

OVERCLOCKING: Possibly, not a major concern.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: unsure

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like an i5 build. Something with sli c/f capabilities down the road. The key here is, I would like to start out minimal i.e. - 500g hd - 1 graphics card preferable gtx260 or 4850 - something along those lines - 4g ddr3 ram, cd/dvd rw, and a Mid tower case

I have no idea how parts are compatible, etc. So I just want to get a good set of parts that I know will all work together. Any and all recommendations would be greatly appreciated and very helpful.

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October 22, 2009 4:07:50 PM

LOL, you'll have a hard time fitting an Intel CPU into an AMD motherboard. Please edit your post to follow the format in the "How to ask for new build advice" sticky at the top of the forum so we can help you.
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October 22, 2009 4:11:22 PM

Fixed sorry.
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October 22, 2009 4:11:55 PM

Well, for a start, the motherboard you selected is AM3 (for AMD procs), and not compatible with I5.
You need a p55/socket 1156 motherboard.

EDIT: Ok, looks better now :) 
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October 22, 2009 4:19:16 PM

That looks better. You can get the Antec 300 Illusion in a combo with the EA650.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

What's included in the budget? What will the computer be used for? What resolution does your monitor run at? What OS are you planning on using. We need to know a little more before we can really offer much help. That's why I asked you to follow the layout in the sticky.

I don't see a hard drive in your list. I recommend this one:

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99

I would also get 64-bit Windows 7 since it was officially released today.

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99

You can even get Windows 7 for $30 if you're a student:

www.win741.com
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October 22, 2009 4:22:51 PM


shortstuff_mt said:
That looks better. You can get the Antec 300 Illusion in a combo with the EA650.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

What's included in the budget? What will the computer be used for? What resolution does your monitor run at? What OS are you planning on using. We need to know a little more before we can really offer much help. That's why I asked you to follow the layout in the sticky.

I don't see a hard drive in your list. I recommend this one:

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99

I would also get 64-bit Windows 7 since it was officially released today.

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99

You can even get Windows 7 for $30 if you're a student:

www.win741.com




I am a student, however the $30 is only an upgrade. I will need the complete system........

As far as other stuff goes I added it to the post. I will be purchasing the i5 at my local microcenter for it is only $149.00 there. Everything else will be through newegg.
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October 22, 2009 4:24:46 PM

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SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223B - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151187
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Protect Your Investment (expand for options27-151-187|hide options27-151-187)

Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan

The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info27-151-187.0.18)

* 1 year: $6.99
* 2 year: $11.99



$28.99

select item 2 quantity of item 2


SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152181
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy



$54.99

select item 3 quantity of item 3


XFX HD-487A-ZWFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

XFX HD-487A-ZWFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814150436
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy

-$5.00 Instant


$149.99
$144.99

select item 4 quantity of item 4


CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 - Retail
Item #: N82E16820145260
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy

-$5.00 Instant


$85.99
$80.99

select item 5 quantity of item 5


GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128405
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Protect Your Investment (expand for options13-128-405|hide options13-128-405)

Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan

The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info13-128-405.0.18)

* 1 year: $16.99
* 2 year: $25.99



$109.99

select item 6 quantity of item 6


Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115215
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy



$199.99

select item 7 quantity of item 7

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

*

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16817371015
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

*

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811129066
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy

-$20.00 Instant
-$15.00 Combo


$169.94
$134.94

Subtotal: $754.88
Calculate Shipping Zip Code: . GO
Shipping: $21.62
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October 22, 2009 4:30:41 PM

wat said:
I'm no expert but I just bought an i5 build and I noticed you said you wanted c/f capabilities but the motherboard you selected doesn't have it.
Here's an example of one that does:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Thanks Wat.

I would like to down the road, but I really want to keep costs down right now. So far 1 4870 for me should be sufficient. I could always gets a better mobo down the road if I felt sli c/f was crucial.
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October 22, 2009 4:41:01 PM

will my current build work though? Will all parts be compatible?
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October 22, 2009 4:42:58 PM

bmik22 said:
will my current build work though? Will all parts be compatible?

Yes, your latest build will work fine. All the components are compatible.

Just keep in mind that you'll need to manually set your RAM speed/timings/voltage to the manufacturer's recommended specs in the BIOS to get your RAM running at its rated speed. That's not a problem, though, since you should do that anyway.
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October 22, 2009 4:45:12 PM

Definitely get the i5 from Micro Center. I would also get the PSU from Micro Center. PSU's are DOA about 10% of the time and they're expensive to return. Returning to Micro Center will be much less painful.
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October 22, 2009 4:51:35 PM

KidHorn said:
Definitely get the i5 from Micro Center. I would also get the PSU from Micro Center. PSU's are DOA about 10% of the time and they're expensive to return. Returning to Micro Center will be much less painful.

Only cheap POS PSU's would be DOA 10% of the time. I build a lot of computers using quality PSU's and have never had a DOA unit yet. The EA650 is a quality PSU that I HIGHLY doubt would come DOA. It would also be very hard to beat the price of that case + PSU combo at MicroCenter.
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October 22, 2009 5:01:58 PM

KidHorn said:
Definitely get the i5 from Micro Center. I would also get the PSU from Micro Center. PSU's are DOA about 10% of the time and they're expensive to return. Returning to Micro Center will be much less painful.



You are right. Turns out PSU is 79.99 there and case is only 49.99 - about $10 cheaper the newegg.....

Total with both microcenter and newegg for this build is 728.60 that includes tax and shipping. Not bad at all....


Windows 7 will cost me $80 bucks with my student discount at my school. There is no way to get the whole OS for 29.99 that is only upgrade. I tried and made calls. Whoever said that maybe got lucky or dealt with someone who had no idea what they were saying.
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October 22, 2009 5:09:58 PM

bmik22 said:
Windows 7 will cost me $80 bucks with my student discount at my school. There is no way to get the whole OS for 29.99 that is only upgrade. I tried and made calls. Whoever said that maybe got lucky or dealt with someone who had no idea what they were saying.


Who did you call? I understand that if you indicate that you need to have network access to your school that it will change the order to Pro if you use the Digital River site. There have been quite a few posts indicating that is the case.
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October 22, 2009 7:58:35 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
Who did you call? I understand that if you indicate that you need to have network access to your school that it will change the order to Pro if you use the Digital River site. There have been quite a few posts indicating that is the case.



Confirmed. After an hour phone call I finally got through. DO NOT GO TO DIGITAL RIVER. Go straight through microsoft. They will give you a complete *Full* copy of Windows 7 PRO for 29.99 sent to your mailbox with the DVD. All you need is a valid .edu email address.

Digital River will only give you a download, and ONLY an upgrade. They will not give you a full version.
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October 22, 2009 8:42:21 PM

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Sorry to hijack this thread, is the discount avaible in uk or is it only in us? And yes your parts are comptable http://tsutton.site90.net/imgs/signature_smiley1.jpg


Not sure, But I doubt it. Do to your email adress - .edu has to be part of some "microsoft program." I doubt out of country schools are part of it. But who knows.
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November 11, 2009 6:18:19 PM

You'd be better off waiting for the dx11 cards price's to settle down.
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