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New I7 P55 Build Under 1500

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November 17, 2009 10:03:26 PM

Came out under $1500, first brand new build from scratch in 5 years( my last build was athlon 64 3000+ socket 939...with radeon x800xt lol...still plays Wow pretty good). Been using iMac for 2 years(for logic and Pro Tools) and loved its simplicity and OS but it absolutely sucked when it comes to gaming (with low settings and 1280x720 resolution) so decided to build a new gaming rig.

Case: Cooler Master HAF 922
CPU:Core i7 - 860
Cooler: Noctua NH-U12P
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P
RAM: Corsair XMS3 DDR1600 2GB x 2
Video Card: Radeon HD5870
Power Supply: Corsair 750TX
CD/DVD burner: Cheapest LG 22x i could find
HD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 1TB
Monitor: Already got 55 inch 1080p samsung
Keyboard/Mouse: already got logitech wireless keyboard and laser mouse.
OS: Windows 7 Professional

Any comments or suggestions are welcome.

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November 17, 2009 10:09:41 PM

You can drop down to a 600-650w psu, just have to make sure it has 4(FOUR) 6 pins and that will cover x-fire, no need for 750w. The rest looks good, I would say the hyper 212 over the noctua though.
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November 17, 2009 10:19:24 PM

The 750TX is a good choice for crossfire, it keeps you in the efficiency range for the PSU.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-5870,2422...

Change the HDD for the F3 from samsung, it uses 500GB platters and has the highest average transfer rates of any HDD in tom's chart section.

That build should be able to max out anything for a while yet.
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November 17, 2009 10:40:35 PM

That is a really great build!

I recently completed a build using the older version of the Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4P motherboard, and it has been rock solid and joy to use. Windows 7 automatically loaded the latest versions of all of the drivers, and I only had to load the Realtek audio drivers. I decided not to load any of the Gigabyte software because I didn't intend to use any of it, but that is just my preference.

I would stick with the Corsair 750TX -- this is a really good power supply.

I see nothing wrong with the Noctua HSF. This unit is extremely quiet and although it is little more expensive than some other HSFs, it has an excellent repution for reliability and performance.

Go for it and good luck!
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November 17, 2009 10:48:55 PM

If you live near a Microcenter store, you can pick up an i7-860 CPU for $230, or an i5-750 CPU for $150. However, this deal is only for in-store pickup, not mailorder. I am guessing there marketing strategy is that they can sell you other things, if they get you in the store. That strategy didn't work with me, because I was in a hurry, and just had time to pop in the store to pick up the processor.
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November 17, 2009 11:27:02 PM

thanks for all your suggestion, i changed F1 to F3, as i made a mistake thinking that F1 was the 500gb platter one..lol.
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