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$1500 muli-use i5 build

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October 24, 2009 4:42:50 PM


I'm planning an i5/Radeon 5850 build for multi-use as our main computer for the family. Mainly recording and watching TV, internet surfing, and occasional gaming. Quiet is important


Motherboard- ASUS P7P55D Deluxe $219.99 May do some basic newb overclocking, what about comparable Gigabyte

Processor Intel Core i5-750 $199.99

CPU Fan COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $29.99 good reviews, best bang for buck

RAM G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH $89.99 allows moderate Ocing?

Disk WD Caviar Black 500G $59.99 Like WD reliability, is the Samsung F3 that much faster?

Graphics Card SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5850 $279.99 Occasional gaming, running 2 monitors, believe it will bit Antec Solo case below

Case Antec Solo $89.99 Really like the Antec Sonata III better but hear it won't fit the 5850 graphics card with the internal HDD fan installed, which I would want with this case, also Sonata comes with 500W PSU which may not be big enough and I've heard of reliability problems

Case fans-front 2x Nexus PWM Series DF1209SL-3PWM 92mm Case Fan ($9.99 ea) $19.98

PSU CORSAIR 650TX 650W $99.99 Is this overkill? I evenually will have 3HDD's and a dual TV Tuner card

OS MS Windows 7 Pro $149.99

DVD/CD Sony Optiarc DVD LightScribe SATA Model AD-7241S-0B $33.99

Monitor Samsung T240 24", 1920 x 1200 $309.99 best bang for buck

Total 1583.87

Appreciate any input.

tds

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October 24, 2009 7:05:27 PM

Welcome to the forum!

The F3 is very fast (compare to the 1000gb WD Caviar Black @~85 versus ~110)
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-har...

and also
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-har...

I would just get this mobo at $220 you're into 1366 range
ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

that PSU is fine, as is this one
CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, is there any particular reason you're not just going with Home Premium?

Here's some cases
LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 24, 2009 7:27:50 PM

Jabkerlent,

You hit on two of the items I've gone back and forth on most. I think I will with the ASUS P7P55D PRO @170. May drop again soon as I read that the P7P55D Premium is due out soon (up on ASUS site).

On the PSU, I really need to figure out what the wattage requirement will be for my setup. With the number of disks and TV tuner/encoder, I' don't want to undershoot.

I really like the Antec quiet cases (sonata and solo) .

Thanks for the input.

tds
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October 24, 2009 7:53:13 PM

The Lian-Li looks like it will certainly cool better, but I'm more into quiet and understated look. No see through and LED lit cases.

The Samsung F3 speed and price is better..May get that instead. I'll search around on reliability specs/feedback.

I'm getting Windows 7 Pro for the integrated networking and backup/restore capability. I have another computer and 2 laptops that will be networked.
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