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1st timer multi-purpose i5 750 build - $750 - advice or critique?

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December 3, 2009 8:38:24 PM

Hello. I am about to attempt my first build for a jack of all trades computer. I've already purchased my parts as there were some deals I could not pass up last weekend. I am wondering if there are any issues I might come across with these parts? I am a complete noob so any help or advice putting these particular parts together would be greatly appreciated!

Also, do I need to buy a CPU cooler? I don't plan on overclocking just yet.

Thanks!


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: last week BUDGET RANGE: $750 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Movies (1080p capable), Design (Photoshop / Illustrator), audio production (Reason, Ableton), Movies (1080p capable), and some gaming.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS, DVD-R drive, sound card

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

Cooler Master 690 - $39.99 (Newegg w/ rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 - $49.99 (Newegg w/ rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - $165.36 (Micro Center)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI P55-GD65 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - $134.99 (Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333 (PC3 10666) - $69.99 (Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - $59.99 (Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HIS H467QS1GH Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 - $64.99(Newegg w/ rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG SYNCMASTER 2333SW High Glossy Black 23" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - $137.99 (Dell + Bing CB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

*M-AUDIO Audiophile 2496 PCI Interface - *already had
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

*LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM - *already had
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


TOTAL $723.29
December 3, 2009 10:11:39 PM

Nice job of picking things up on sale! That is a fine build. I am sure you will enjoy this computer.

You should consider adding a CPU cooler because it will be quieter than the stock Intel HSF and will do a much better job of keeping your CPU temperatures low. A Hyper 212 will only add about $30 to your build. But you want to do this while you are assembling the system because you need to be able to get to the back of the motherboard to install the brackets for the HSF. It would be a PITA to try to do this after everything is put together.

Good luck on your build.
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December 4, 2009 12:13:36 PM

I'm ordering the Hyper 212 Plus right now. Thanks dpaul8! :) 
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