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$1200 build needs some constructive criticism

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October 30, 2009 8:33:50 AM

I would appreciate any advice you guys have. This is my first build. Thanks!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ((the closer the better)) BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 1000-1400) Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (surfing the internet, gaming)

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

Total Price $1197.88


Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #:N82E16811129058
$109.95



CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817139003
$64.99



Intel X25-M SSDSA2MH080G1 MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD)
Item #:N82E16820167005
$289.00



SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223B
Item #:N82E16827151187
$30.99



CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820145224
$229.99



EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512-P3-N871-AR Video Card
Item #:N82E16814130339
$134.99



Intel Core i5-750 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
Item #: N82E16819115215
$199.99



ECS P55H-A(1.0) LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813135244
$119.99



ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler
Item #:N82E16835186134
$33.98
October 30, 2009 9:07:46 AM

You forgot to list your res, but based on the info you provided, I'd opt for something like this:

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

ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS EAH5850/G/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7
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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
October 30, 2009 9:21:03 AM

An SSD will not make your games perform better or make surfing the web faster. It may shave off a few seconds of boot time, and a few seconds of load times in Crysis. Is that worth the performance hit you take by settling for a old video card?

SSDs are best left to people with larger budgets, for now.

Next up, you are spending an insane amount for RAM... again that will get you almost nothing in actual performance. Plus it's triple-channel RAM but your CPU supports on dual-channel.

So, here's a more reasonable build... far faster than yours in both every day tasks AND gaming.

Gigabyte UD4P P55 board and i7 860 CPU - 430
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

G.skill DDR3 4GB -115
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TP-750 PSU -115
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX 5850 -290
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Caviar Black 1TB and Antec 1200 case -220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Your optical
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

A good cooler with LGA 1156 hardware and paste
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And a copy of Win 7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 30, 2009 4:47:06 PM

My constructive criticism:
1st - The memory you chose is a 6GB set. You can only run dual channel mode if you run your memory in matching pairs. Running 3 dims will not allow dual channel memory mode. For this reason I suggest either 4GB or 8GB (2GB X 2 OR 2GB X 4) Stores are selling 3 dimm memory kits because 1366 socket motherboards can run memory in triple channel.

2nd - Buy a better video card. The 5850 has all of the newest technology including DirectX 11... If you're a hard core gamer and money is not an issue then get the 5870. But if you wanted to add a second one, two 5850's make for a serious gaming system.
October 30, 2009 5:06:01 PM

Follow up:
If you are looking for a bit cheaper video card solution I suggest:
Ati HD 4870 Cheap and fast
OR
Ati HD 4890 Little more money for a little more speed
OR
260 GTX if you prefer nVidia
November 15, 2009 5:59:08 AM

get 2 channel memory, not 3
increase your ps size
cheaper p55 boards are having issues
no sound card shown ? using ob ?
ssd are nice but as others have said should be left to bigger budgets
What OS are you going to run ?
Do you have any transfer items ? like monitor,kb,mouse,speakers,wifi,router,modem if not maybe a configured system from Costco or such might fit your needs better
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