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1st i5 build - what do u think- what can be changed to make it better.

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December 8, 2009 12:37:13 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: I would like to purchase everything within the next 30 days.

BUDGET RANGE: around $1000 if i can

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (Company of Heros -Tales of Valor and WOW), Internet browsing, watching HD movies, and General usage)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, CD/DVD drive, and HS/fan for the CPU (Brand new Cooler Master hyper 212 plus).


THE BUILD!! (*means I'm NOT 100% about this Choice)

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit $105

CPU: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor $199

*MoBo: MSI P55-GD65 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard $160

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory $125

Which one do i really need?
*Graphics Card <1>: SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity $310

*Graphics Card <2>: XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $180

Should i get 2 and do Raid or whatever its called?
Hard-drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $55

*PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $160

Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KXN1-GP Black Steel, ABS Plastic, Mesh bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $160

*Monitor: ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers $200

Speakers: Logitech Z-2300 200 watts RMS 2.1 Speaker System $140

Final Price after Tax and Shipping: is around $1600

Well let me know what i need or should change, and whatever!!!

This is a Computer i built a few months ago.
**(The price is what i paid, not the current market price)

OS - Windows 7 Home 64-bit - $99

CPU - AMD Athlon II X2 245 Regor 2.9GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor - $66

CPU cooler - Cooler Master hyper 212 plus - $30

Memory - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) - $65

MoBo - GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX - $80

GPU - XFX HD-5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $ 175

HD - WD 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA - $70

PSU - 600watt - $50

DVD/CD drive - Sony DVD/RW 22x, CD 48x - $35

Keyboard - Saitek - $35

Mouse - Logitech - $40

Monitor - DCL 20inch flat-screen (1680x1050) - $130

It runs Chilly and its also quiet... From 1 ft away around head level, i can barely hear the fans...( faint hummm)
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December 8, 2009 1:41:14 AM

IMO i would get this ram, its almost brand new, just a few weeks old i believe. Its the new Eco friendly series, same quality and specs as other equal ram but much lower voltage.

RAM: (G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBECO) $97.99

Capacity 4GB (2 x 2GB)
Speed DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
Cas Latency 7
Timing 7-7-7-21-2N
Voltage 1.35V
Multi-channel Kit Dual Channel Kit
Heat Spreader Yes

Should knock about $27 off your bill and save ya more over time.

Another thing you can do if one is close to ya(use the drop down on the page to see), is to get your i5-750 from microcenter and save $50

The 5770 should work just fine as your GPU

For your HDD, you could keep a watch on this one..
Its the 1TB version of yours and will save ya $20 or so(if you bought 2x500GB and RAID'd them)

As for your case and PSU, im not to up on them so others can help ya but judging by the prices im sure we can shave a decent amount off them and still get ya what you need.

Also you may want to add in a DvD drive if you dont have one already picked out.
Lots to pick from on there, just grab ya one that can write/read the formats you want.
December 8, 2009 6:55:09 PM

I agree with the RAM, CPU and HDD.

GPU: This really depends on the monitor resolution. If it's a high resolution, or you want to play games on high detail, you need the 5850. If not, go with the 5770.

Case: I prefer either the HAF 922 or 932. They're cheaper and two of the best ones available.

PSU: Can't go wrong with a Corsair. You're paying $60 extra for modular, which isn't really needed...

Optical: No matter what, get a SATA drive. Should cost about $30.
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December 8, 2009 7:00:06 PM

Go with the HAF 922 (it is huge and is plenty big enough)

I would get a Corsair PSU, And I fully agree with the SATA it is a given to not get an IDE.

I would get the 5850 or crossfire 5770.
December 8, 2009 8:38:09 PM

If you're really need to stick to that $1000 budget, I would recommend dropping the monitor and speaker set, at least for now. Upgrading from 20" @ 16x10 to 23.6" @ 19x10 isn't an immediate upgrade need, IMO. You can always pick up peripherals down the line.

An important question to ask yourself is whether you plan on getting a second gpu for crossfire in the future. If YES, then get the 5770 for its dual gpu scalability and newer technology. If NO, pick the baddest mofo your budget allows: 5850/70.

Your PSU also depends on if you plan to crossfire in the future. You can run crossfired 5770 with a 650w corsair. And if aren't planning on a second gpu, then a 550w corsair is good enough. (This is also assuming you overclock and have 2 hard drives, which you may not even do/have)

HAF as your case and a SATA opt. drive are good suggestions. I also like sheath's RAM suggestions; it's my first time seeing the ECO series actually. But if it's G.Skill quality RAM, then you should be okay.... especially with those nice timings, latency, and voltage.

If you wanna, nitpick.. you can also go for a cheaper mobo, especially if you aren't gonna crossfire or overclock. Even then, I would still consider it. Your board doesn't specify if crossfire runs at x8/x8, so I'll guess that it probably runs x16/x4 (which is an inferior setup to x8/x8).
December 8, 2009 11:35:41 PM

If it doesn't mention it, it's 16x/16x. If you notice, the ones that run 16x/4x say so.
December 9, 2009 3:48:02 AM

Except you can't run x16/x16 on a p55 board. The 16 on-board lanes can only be used as a single x16 or dual x8 for 1156-based cpus.