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Over budget with my very first build - Please, help!

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December 3, 2009 5:23:27 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Before Christmas

Budget: $1000-1200

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard/Mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: Would like an i5 machine, but am not set on any part. This is basically a rough draft.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: In the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Looking to build a machine that can play anything current and with future upgrade potential, but still within my budget.

CPU: Intel i5 750 $199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

 MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard $169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
 
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM $124.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
 
DVD:
 
HDD: WD Caviar Black 1TB $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LCD: ASUS 21.5” 1080p $169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
 
GPU: HD 5770 Juniper XT $179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
 
PSU: Antec 750w ATX12V $119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE: Antec 900 $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Still missing a DVD, but other than that, will these parts run together? Without any possible rebates or combos, this puts me at around $1250, which is a bit over what I'm willing to spend. Any advice on substitutions for what I have? I'd be willing to decrease power as long as the future upgrade potential is still there. Keep in mind that this is my first build, and I'm still a little groggy on what I need/don't need. Also, am I missing anything?

Thanks in advance!

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December 3, 2009 11:46:44 AM

Agree with most of the above.

The EVGA board doesn't have as many PCI slots, but most people don't fill them anyway. Also, the board is more future proof, as it doesn't include a PATA connector and has USB 3.0 connections.

The RAM above is very good, and is faster than the ones you originally selected. There isn't much of a performance increase in buying DDR3 1600 vs. DDR3 1333, so you won't see any difference for the price.

The F3 is one of the fastest HDD out there, exculding SSDs. It's also one of the cheapest.

The only thing I disagree with is the PSU. I would stay with Corsair, but since you might Crossfire in the future, you will probably want the 650W unit, not 550W. 650 should be enough with some headroom, but the 550 might cut it a little close, especially if overclocking.

The case is a matter of tastes. The 900 is a great case, but pricey. The one above looks good, but doesn't come with a lot of fans. You could also check out the Antec 300 Illusion. It's basically a smaller version of the 900, and saves you around $30.
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December 3, 2009 1:50:34 PM

Indeed, there are a lot of good cases in that price range but I try to mention the Midgard as often as possible. :na: 
About the PSU. 550W should be perfectly fine for crossfiring two 5770s. Check these two reviews for example. 1 2
December 3, 2009 2:53:08 PM

Updated build:

CPU: Intel i5 750 $199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

 MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard $169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
 
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
 
DVD: LG DVD Burner Black SATA $28.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
 
HDD: Spinpoint F3 $84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LCD: ASUS 21.5” 1080p $169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
 
GPU: HD 5770 Juniper XT $179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
 
PSU: Corsair 550w $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE: Antec Illusion $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That puts me around $1050. Awesome! So, a 550w PSU would be fine? I'm not against downgrading that, as well. Also, can anyone recommend a cheap, reliable DVD? How does my choice of monitor look? Any other suggestions?
December 3, 2009 3:19:54 PM

jupa12 said:
So, a 550w PSU would be fine? I'm not against downgrading that, as well.


Absolutely. If you click on the first link you'll see they used an overclocked 965 which consumes by far more watt than your i5. For the sake of it, here's another review. Compare the power consumption of the 5770 with the old cards and be amazed.

jupa12 said:
Also, can anyone recommend a cheap, reliable DVD? How does my choice of monitor look?

Solid monitor.
DVD drive, no idea, I guess they are all more or less the same.
December 3, 2009 3:56:40 PM

Alright, awesome. Will swap the PSUs.

Are there any wires or anything of that sort that I need to order, as well? Or will I be ordering everything that is sufficient to build this machine? Plan on putting the order in later tonight, if all things look okay!

Edit: I edited in the updated components into my Updated Build post, so that is the new master list, as of now.
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