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Advice on i5 build for multi-purpose PC

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November 18, 2009 3:34:33 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: before or around Christmas time

BUDGET RANGE: 800 to 900$

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photoshop, gaming, some movie editing, daily office/internet usage

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor, mouse/keyboard, optical drive

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: not sure, I've been mostly looking on ncix.com and newegg.ca

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: CANADA

PARTS PREFERENCES: not really

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, if it's easy and safe enough

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024, but will most likely update the monitor in the future.

CPU: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 220$

Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D 185$ or Gigabyte P55-UD3R 150$

RAM: Not sure....

GPU: XFX Radeon HD 4870 750MHZ 1GB 3.6GHZ GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI HDCP 170$

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 100$

Case: COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC 80$

Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint f3 1TB - It's not available on the Canadian version of Newegg or Ncix, does anyone has an idea where else I can find it?

Does all of this fit together or is there better choices?
November 18, 2009 5:53:51 AM

The parts you have will be compatible with each other.

You will need some DDR3 dual channel RAM with a voltage of 1.65 and you should get 4GB for about $85.

Don't forget to factor the Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit operating system into your budget at $110.

You could probably go with a lower capacity power supply to save about $35 since you are not going to use Crossfire.

Since you do a lot of gaming and editing you may want to upgrade to a Radeon 57xx or 58xx video card.
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November 18, 2009 8:26:52 PM

Which of these motherboard would better suited for the build? ASUS P7P55D 185$ or Gigabyte P55-UD3R 150$ ?
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November 18, 2009 8:30:41 PM

Either will work great. The Gigabyte world be better for a 800$ build.
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November 18, 2009 9:09:04 PM

One more question, if I buy a PSU with 450W rather than 550W, would it still be compatible with Radeon HD 57xx or 58xx, and how about if i upgrade to an i7 CPU in the future?
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November 18, 2009 9:13:29 PM

A 450w will be fine for one 5770 you'd need a 500-550w for a 58xx
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November 20, 2009 1:03:33 AM

That's true. I'd like to be able to eventually upgrade to an i7 cpu in the future at least, and might try overclocking too. So I'd like to have as much of the build future-proof as possible within the budget limit (I can go over a bit, but would like to keep it under 1000$). Should I go for even higher PSU then? How future proof is the other parts of the build?
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November 22, 2009 1:28:50 AM

Thanks, the canadian newegg site still gives a decent price of 110$, but in some other threads most seem to prefer Corsair to OCZ, is Corsair more reliable?

Which one should I pick between Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower or the COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC ? Newegg offers a combo price on the Antec of 70$ but I'd like a case that can hopefully last through next upgrade. Or is there another one that beat them both?
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November 26, 2009 3:26:13 AM

Can anyone tell me which of these two RAM will be better for my built?

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH

or G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

The 2nd one is on sale at newegg for 84 CAN$ and I'm wondering if it's worth buying...
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November 26, 2009 3:47:39 AM

What are the timings on them? If the 1333 has lower timings like 7-7-7-21 or 8-8-8-24 it is better than 1600 9-9-9-27. If the 1333 is 9-9-9-27 than get the 1600 if its cheaper on sale.
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November 26, 2009 12:51:47 PM

the 1333 has a timing of 8-8-8-21 CL 8 and the 1600 has a timing of 7-8-7-24 CL 7
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