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New Build Around $800 any tips?

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November 24, 2009 6:13:48 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next 3 months BUDGET RANGE: 600-900 After Rebates etc.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Watching Movies, Playing an occasional game, surfing the internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Power Supply: Cooler Master (Model: RS-600-AMBA-D3) 600W, with COOLER MASTER (RC-690-KKN1-GP) Case and Plextor (PX-880SA) Optical Drive

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:, any other good suggestions, that's just where I've bought from in the past.

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use an Intel CPU & Asus mobo


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like the PC to be fairly quiet.

I'm Looking at:
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail

ASUS P7P55D LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

What stock RAM can I use without changing the voltage to be recognized correctly?
Also, what HDD would you suggest for this build, I was looking at either a Cavier Green or Black (WD)?

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November 24, 2009 6:20:40 PM

First, if you might want to Crossfire in the future, get a board that supports 2 PCIe cards at 8x/8x not 16x/4x.

HDD: Get a Samsung Spinpoint F3 (500 GB or 1 TB). They're usually cheaper than the WDs and have better performance.