Hey y'all, first post here on Tom's Hardware, and i'm gonna test some waters with this build. I'm looking for a new computer to replace this junk
Decided to go with a more budget oriented i5 build (1156) compared with an i7 (1366)
I did some research, and came up with this list of parts.
All prices are from newegg.com
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz @149.99 (Gonna try and get from micro-center)
SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB @ 309.99
ASUS P7P55D EVO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard @174.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) @79.99
ASUS VW246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor @219.99
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V @87.99 (after rebates)
After Cashback: 1105
So the main questions I have is that... Are there any areas of my board where i'm spending too much $? Are there any places where I could cut costs for things that are unnecessary. I'm looking for a one-gpu setup, with cross-fire a possibility in the future. I think I will use a cheap card (4670) to tie me over for a while until the 5850 reaches a price point of about $200, to lower the total cost to about $1,000. I'm looking to lower costs as much as possible.
I have about that same system i went with a P55-UD4P for xfire @ a latter time
gkay found some good deals there, I have the WD black 640 he posted and it does a good job the samsung F3 would be a little faster but they been out of stock on thos and the HD 5850 are hit and miss trying to get one .