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November 30, 2009 8:19:56 PM

I'm going to build a new computer, the computer will be used for everything from gaming to surfing the web. I'm also going to overclock it, but nothing extreme. I want it to be relatively quiet, the price range is ~$2000. This will be a nice upgrade from my current s478 computer.

these are the parts I'm thinking about:

CPU: Intel Core i5 750
CPU-fan: Noctua NH-U12P SE2
GFX: Radeon HD 5850 1GB
HD: WD Caviar® Black 1TB 3,5" SATA
MB: Asus P7P55D
Chassi: Antec P183
PSU Corsair CMPSU-650TX 650W
Memory: Corsair XMS3 DDR3 PC12800/1600MHz CL9 2x2GB
Monitor: Samsung P2450H

I'm not 100% sure about the memory & motherboard and I'm a little worried if the P183 will fit the Noctua cooler and the HD5850, without any problems?

The other DDR3 memory I've been looking at is this one:
"Corsair Dominator DDR3 PC12800/1600MHz CL9 2x2GB"
Would it be a better choice, it's not so much more expensive. Maybe the cooling on this memory will be in the way for the noctua cooler?

The other motherboards I've been looking at is these ones:
Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3
Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3R with USB3
Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 with USB3
Asus P7P55D Pro

Would any of these be a better choice then the Asus P7P55D, the price for them is about the same, a couple of $10 at max difference.

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November 30, 2009 9:40:20 PM

The P183 is a quiet case and consequently costs more for the sound deadening panels and such. It is also as wide as the antec 900 gaming case (8.1 inches) so it should fit the noctua.

The 5850 is not a large card and should fit anywhere you dont have the case overlapping the motherboard. Every mid tower Ive seen would fit one.
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December 1, 2009 12:36:52 AM

$2000 budget and i5-750 don't really go together if you ask me. If you really plan on spending $2000, aim a little higher on the processor AND GPU. I have an i5-750 + ATI 5850 and it's most definitely NOT a $2000 gaming rig. Had I had an extra $800 to add to my $1200 rig I would have had some more muscle under the hood.
December 1, 2009 12:38:30 AM

Corsair memory is terribly overpriced atm.

The WB Black only comes with 500 GB platters in the 2 TB model, the other sizes have the older / slower 333 GB platters. Would suggest a pinpoint F3
December 1, 2009 12:26:14 PM

So performance wise I should choose the Spinpoint F3 1TB and the G-SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB instead? Does anyone have some knowledge about the motherboards? The Gigabyte P55A's both have USB3, but I heard somewhere that USB3 on these motherboards wouldn't be as fast as USB3 should be because of some motherboard limitations, is that true?
December 1, 2009 1:22:36 PM

It has to use a 'turbo' mode or something like that and take bandwidth from the graphics cards to do USB3 because the P55 doesn't support it and does not have the bandwidth. I don't remember the exact limitation, but I know you can't use dual cards and USB3. You can download the manuals for the boards from the manufacturer's website.
December 1, 2009 3:38:43 PM

Okey, thanks for the information!

What about chassi, the Antec P183 seems really good, but is there any other quiet chassi in the same price range that I should take a look at?
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