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I5 Build for around $700 - Suggestions/Advise needed

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November 18, 2009 9:49:04 PM

I have never built a PC before and based on various articles and reviews I compiled the following list for my first build.

Typical Uses :
Programming (Heavy)
Editing Home Videos (Occasionally)

If this build works the next build I am planning uses a similar configuration but with a i7 processor (add $90 more)

CPU ($200) - i5 2.66 GHz (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

MOBO ($120)- MSI P55M-GD45 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Memory ($92) - CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

GPU ($40) - DIAMOND 3450PE512SB Radeon HD 3450 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Hard Drive ($50) - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s ($50) - (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

PSU ($70) - Antec EarthWatts 500W (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Case ($100) - Antec Nine Hundred (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Cooling ($34) - Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

DVD Burner ($30) - LITE-ON SATA CD/DVD Burner (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Any suggestions/advise is much appreciated.
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November 18, 2009 10:48:49 PM

If you want to save some money and still get the same good cooling, look at the Antec 300 illusion case (it also includes filters on the front fans to reduce dust inside the PC). For a quieter computer look at the antec P183 case.
November 18, 2009 11:04:52 PM

I would change some things out. This would come out to right around the price of your build but with alot better GPU




SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223C - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151192
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

$28.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



XFX HD-575X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814150448
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
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$144.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128405
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$5.00 Instant $109.99
$104.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817341022
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811119137
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$35.00 Instant
-$15.00 Combo
$25.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$169.98
$119.98 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...




Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115215
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1333LV4GK - Retail
Item #: N82E16820227478
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

-$10.00 Combo
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$299.98
$289.98 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Subtotal: $688.93

Pick up the Samsung F3 500 HDD the op posted for 54.99

No really need for a HSF less you are going to OC


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