Improvements performance/cost and conflicts 1200 max

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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  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. Even a 550W would be plenty
    CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7

    Also this RAM is cheaper and faster
    OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop
  5. Thanks for the suggestions and about the ram would the ram jbakerlant posted be faster or this:
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM - Retail
  6. Actually no, despite the higher cost and frequency, they have higher latencies, so they'll be about the same.
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