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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)


Total Price $1197.88

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler
Item #:N82E16835186134
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

ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel

OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop

ASUS EAH5850/G/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal

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


COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve
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

G.skill DDR3 4GB -115

TP-750 PSU -115

XFX 5850 -290

Caviar Black 1TB and Antec 1200 case -220

Your optical

A good cooler with LGA 1156 hardware and paste

And a copy of Win 7
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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
Ati HD 4890 Little more money for a little more speed
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