PARTS PREFERENCES: Parts that I plan on getting are: CPU Intel Core i5 750 2.66ghz Quad LGA1156 MoBo ASUS S1156 P7P55D Deluxe Core i5 RAM DDR3 4GB G.Skill Trident 1600mHz PC12800 HDD WD 800GB AADS SATA 7200rpm w/ 32MB Video Card Gigabyte ATI Radeon HD5750 1GB PCIe Case Antec Nine Hundred 2 Black Case (No PS) PSU Antec TruePower 650W TP-650 Optical Drive LiteOn 24x DVD Writer SATA Black Network Card D-Link DWA-556
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Crossfire comes with the Video Card (help?)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Is this system configuration correct? Will the 650W PS be enough for the system? and most of all will it fit into the case?
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The psu is more than powerful enough. For gaming, the graphics card might be a little weak. There are cheaper and equally good cases than the 902 (antec 300 for example, or even the sonata III, which is truly a bargain for its quality). You could save a little bit on the mobo and a network card is usually integrated in the motherboard. With the money saved, you could buy a 5770 or even a 5850, which will greatly improve your system. You should also consider a Samsung spinpoint F3 as a HDD, it's easily the best price/performance HDD on the market today. It's fast, cheap and cool.
BTW: crossfire is putting two ATI graphics card in one pc, so you'd need to buy 2 cards to use it.
a network card is usually integrated in the motherboard.
The network card he added is a wireless N network card and I found no MB with integrated Wireless N controllers, which is a shame.
Oh yeah, I'm sorry about that. Didn't notice it was this type of card...
I am looking to change the mobo (to another P7P55D), any ideas, should i go down to the evo?
You wouldn't notice a thing, I guess. Such expensive mobo's, like the Deluxe, only seem to be helpful in crossfire solutions, not to mention that even a cheap Asus motherboard already means good quality.
If you aren't into extreme overclocking or dual GPU, this motherboard is indeed more than sufficient.
If I don't plan on oc'ing the CPU, is the stock heatsink that comes with the Core i5 750 sufficient? Or should I get a good aftermarket heatsink anyway just to keep the CPU cool?
btw looking at getting a Noctua NH-U12P heatsink, if I do buy one.
With the stock cooler, you can get a tiny bit of overclocking with some luck, but it's not sufficient normally, certainly not for the real thing. You need an aftermarket cooler. These things go from $20 to insane amounts. Ask yourself this: 'Do I want to give it a mild overclock, or do I want to squeeze every bit of power out of the bloody thing?'. In the first case, a decent entry level cooler is enough, if not, get something bigger and better.
Can't tell you much about that model, but it has a reputation for being silent and giving you enough room for some moderate overclocking.
If i dont plan on oc'ing?
Than the stock cooler is fine. The only thing an aftermarket cooler has in that case, is that they sometimes are a little bit less noisy. So no, there's no reason to get one if you're not overclocking.
Thanks, more money saved to invest in a better GPU i guess
Changed my HDD to a WD 1TB 32mb cache Green Power, GPU to a XFX ATI Radeon HD5770 and a Samsung 20" 2033SW+, anything change in power requirements? I also may not require the wireless adapter.