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October 29, 2009 1:14:47 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (this week) BUDGET RANGE: (900-1200) Before / After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: internet, gaming (football manager 2010 nothing overly gpu intensive) and Excel for work

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers)


PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (leaning towards i7 860)


MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1440x900 would like to upgrade to a 23-24" soon if that makes a big difference)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (would probably keep for 5 years then rebuild)

I've been trying to research parts for the last couple weeks and would like to run by my proposed build. I think overall it's overkill for my uses, but when I start researching things I tend to go overboard as I'm sure a lot of guys on here do. Plus I would like it to last 5 years before becoming too obsolete.

Possible build:

CPU - Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I7860 - Retail

MOBO - ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

combo w/ i7 860 and MOBO - 434.98

RAM - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail 87.99

GPU - HIS H577F1GDG Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail

Combo w/ 5770 and PSU - 239.98

CASE - COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Combo w/ Case and HDD - 99.98

CPU Cooler - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ... - Retail 29.99

DVD/CD - LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 -oem 28.99

OS - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM - 109.99

Total - 1038.39 +shipping

Thanks for any help

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October 29, 2009 1:26:09 AM

I wouldn't stick onto all these combos, first off I don't think you need the 750watt, a 650watt will do fine plus you said you wont crossfire so a 750watt Corsair is overkill. And you can get the samsung spinpint f3 500GB for much cheaper then that caviar black and it will be faster. And you can save a good amount if you get an i5, i think it will satisfy your needs and later down the road you can upgrade to an i7 860 since its the same socket so consider that.
October 29, 2009 1:43:59 AM

Thanks for the quick reply, I wasn't sure about how big of psu to get. I changed it to this

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified ... - Retail 79.99 which saves about $20

About the samsung F3 500 GB I was going to get that and a different case but the deal with the WD Black 640 GB and case seemed like a better deal for 99 compared to 55 for the F3 plus at least 50 for a case?

For the i5 vs. the i7 it seems like an $90 difference in price unless there is a different mobo that might be better that I am missing. So in sense of general use not just for games is an i7 better suited with the hyperthreading down the road? Or is it just a waste of $90?
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October 29, 2009 7:18:06 PM

I mean, it won't give a massive difference, rather invest more into your GPU then that so an i5 I think will do fine especially for your resolutions, however don't do anything until you get comments from other posters cause i might be wrong.
try this powersupply, Corsair PSU's are...amazing is all i can say: Corsair 650TX Power Supply
And about the spinpoint, reason why i recommended it was because of its speed, its ridiculously fast for a 7200rpm Hard Drive. And its cheaper also.
October 30, 2009 1:23:23 AM

Actually no, despite the higher cost and frequency, they have higher latencies, so they'll be about the same.