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Micro-ATX i5 Gaming/Portable Build ~ $600

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November 20, 2009 4:48:11 PM

Alright, after posting here a few weeks ago, I think I've moved from the Phenom to the i5-750 for a new portable system build

Basically, I need to move my system every week between two locations, thus the desire for portability.

It seems like the no-brainer approach is to go with the following for a case:

Thermaltake VF1000BWS Black Aluminum Front Panel/ SECC Chassis MicroATX Desktop Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133035&cm_re=thermaltake-_-11-133-035-_-Product

As such, my opportunities are limited to MicroATX motherboards (a new venue for me).

In addition, I've picked up a NEW 24" Dell Monitor, so I've got higher requirements for resolution (1920x1200).

Here's my system build right now:

Alright, after some reading, I'm penciling in the following for my new system build:

MOTHERBOARD: - $219.98 (COMBO - see memory below)
GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD4 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MEMORY: - $0 (COMBO - see combo above)
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000) Desktop Memory Model F3-15000CL9D-4GBRH - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

PROCESSOR: - $199.99
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail - $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

VIDEO CARD(s):
2 x Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 512MB in CrossfireX Configuration - $105 ea ($210 total)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001XW4BKO
** I'm planning on hunting down the best of the Black Friday deals for these **

The above will be combined with my EXISTING components:

CASE:
Thermaltake VF1000BWS Black Aluminum Front Panel/ SECC Chassis MicroATX Desktop Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

POWER SUPPLY:
Corsair 550VX Power Supply

SATA Drive and SATA DVD-R Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

My only real question mark is the memory now. I'll be doing some air-overclocking on the i5 and due to the mATX case, won't be "shooting for the moon" in terms of OC'ability. So what kind of memory should I look for? Is 1866 good enough or is it overkill? Could I go with 1600 or even lower speed DD3 memory?

Thanks!
November 20, 2009 6:17:19 PM

1333 with cas 7 lats. Any higher that 1333 doesn't make hardly any diff and the lower lat gives you more OC options.
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November 20, 2009 6:25:37 PM

Perfect. Thanks for the quick answer Sonic!
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