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November 8, 2009 6:28:44 PM

I'm looking to build a new computer (last one I built was ~5 years ago, which is now at the end of its upgrade life), and have been trying to catch up on current hardware. So I've cobbled together the following build from recommendations/guides/reviews, and would love to get some feedback on it, especially on any incompatibilities or space issues. But any feedback/advice is enormously appreciated!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next week or two BUDGET RANGE: $1000-1200 Before / After: Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, some coding, web surfing, etc.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: LCD WS Monitor (with 1680x1050 res), keyboard, mouse, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I definitely want an Intel CPU, and a modular PSU.

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would prefer a quieter computer, and that won't cause me any hassle down the road. Also, I will be throwing win7 64-bit in it.


System:
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Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

CPU: Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

RAM: Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT25664BA1339 - Retail

Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail

Power Supply: RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-630SS 630W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Modular LED Power Supply - Retail

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Case: Antec P183 Black Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Disc Drive: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 24X DVD-R SATA Black 24X DVD Writer LightScribe Support - Retail

Total: $1145
Total (after newegg combo deals): $1115

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November 8, 2009 6:32:53 PM

Hey, here's a build I've put together a few days ago for a person that has the same needs as you.

Use this build as a reference because it has a new monitor and no O.S. It has a heatsink for better temperatures and gives you the option to overclock in the future if you decide to change your mind

I only used newegg, but you can use other sites if you can find the same parts for cheaper.
Or if you can find better combos at newegg

Here's an i5 750 build with new monitor

>MOBO+RAM
30 dollar discount
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

>Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

>CPU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

>Hard drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

>Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

>Monitor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


>Optical Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

>Heatsink

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

>Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $1,288.88 Before Rebate

This build gives you the ability to crossfire/sli in the future if new games are more demanding. You could add in another graphics card, the power supply is decent and could handle 2 graphics card.
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November 8, 2009 6:34:54 PM

The RAM, power supply you've picked is not good

5850 is overkill for 1680x1050, if you don't upgrade your monitor to at least 1920x1080

change the hard drive to a samsung spinpoint they are faster (suggested in my above build)

the case you've picked is not good at cooling, but it's quiet

you really need i7 860? since you only game..i5 750 will be fine
what kind of coding you do?
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November 8, 2009 7:47:56 PM

What's wrong with the RAM and power supply?

I eventually plan on upgrading my monitor, so the 5850 should pull its weight more when I get around to that.

And I'd like to avoid sli/crossfire if possible. I'll take a cooler/stabler machine at the cost of playing brand-new, max-settings games.

I'm not set in stone on the i7-860, since I keep hearing conflicting information on what kind of boost I'd see on it versus an i5-750 with just gaming. The coding I'll be doing won't be very intensive, just some smaller projects with R and C.
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November 8, 2009 7:53:41 PM

^The power supply you've picked is by a bad brand as opposed to corsair..
it isn't certified 80+...and is bad quality as opposed to corsair, that's why it's cheap.
you wouldn't want all your parts die because of a insufficient power supply

the RAM you've picked have high latencies CL9..it's cheap, but you could get better RAM with your budget. look at my suggested build that comes with a monitor above. my ram is 1333mhz with CL7.. yours is 1333mhz with CL9

again, solely on gaming i5 750 will crush anything that comes in the way making i7 860 not relevant in this case. i7 860 is like the equivalent of i7 920, it's for CPU intensive programs like video encoding, and other editing programs or designing programs

i believe my build fits all your needs at relatively a reasonable price.

you could wait for the christmas sale, black friday, cyber monday or whatever it's called in the US and save a few bucks

talk about no thanking me for helping, suggesting an entire build? hmm...interesting..
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November 8, 2009 8:04:16 PM

As overshocks sugested save the money, downgrade to the core i5 750 and use that money to get better ram and a better PSU.
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