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December 11, 2009 2:06:58 PM

Hi All,

As title states, I just want to make sure I picked everything I'll need as well as comments on whether or not these parts will work together :p 

I'm a first time builder, so I want to make sure I get this right. Basically, I'm sick and tired of getting 5fps in WoW (specifically in Dalaran) and literally getting 1fps in 25 man raids (25 man Onyxia). It's hell!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within two weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $1200.00 After Instant Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (specifically WoW, SimCity 4 and now hopefully newer titles), running emulators (N64, Sega M2 arcade emu, down to 8 bit NES), burning cd's, Usenet, surfing the web

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: None really, except Intel CPU's

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I think its 1600x1200, I run WoW in 1400x900 for my Lenovo 19" widescreen

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Prefer a quiet PC that runs cool.


Here's all the parts I picked out from newegg, the HDD keeps coming up Out of Stock, that's okay. I can always pick another one when its time to order.

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

RAM: G.SKILL Trident 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model F3-16000CL9D-4GBTD - Retail

Burner: LITE-ON 22X DVD Writer Black IDE Model iHAP422-98 LightScribe Support - Retail

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Mobo: ASUS P7P55D LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Videocard: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 4870 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail

CPU Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

CPU fan: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler - Retail

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a b Ý World of Warcraft
December 11, 2009 2:17:05 PM

Ever consider it's your internet?

Ditch the WD for a Samsung Spinpoint F3 (either 500 GB for $55 or 1 TB for $85). These are faster because of the 500 GB platters and cheaper. They're the best value out right now, but might be hard to find.

RAM is overkill. Here's a great set that's cheaper at $98 and performs as good.

Don't get an IDE burner. Get a 24x SATA one. Usually about $30.

To save some money, you could switch to an Antec 300 Illusion. It looks the same as the 900, but is $30 cheaper and a little smaller.

Switch to this motherboard if you want to be able to add another card in Crossfire later: Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P for $185. It also has SATA 6 GB/s and USB 3.0 ports so you don't have to upgrade it later. I know you said you didn't plan to, but it's better to keep your options open.

Switch the video card to a newer HD 5770 for $180. It's cheaper, more future proof, and plenty powerful for what you need.

A 750W PSU is a bit too much for your needs, especially with the new ATI cards. Drop to a 650W if you plan on Crossfiring later or a 550W if you don't.

EDIT: Forgot to add that if you're not overclocking, you really don't need the thermal compound or the aftermarket cooler.
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December 11, 2009 2:23:17 PM

Do mad's changes. In addition:

HSF- no to the Freezer Pro.

Go with the CM Hyper 212 Plus $29.98 Cheaper, better and ships free.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS- go to http://win741.com get Win 7 premium or pro for $30. Find a random college kid if you aren't in college.

RAM- I'd actually recommend G Skills new eco series. It's cheaper, got tighter timings and uses less power.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

edit: Mad found the cheaper one actually in his edit so grab that instead.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 11, 2009 2:29:05 PM

@banthracis: Mine are cheaper, but the same timings (almost) at a lower speed. I thought the advantage of the lower speed RAM was the tighter timings. Wouldn't that make yours better?
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December 11, 2009 2:32:57 PM

MadAdmiral said:
@banthracis: Mine are cheaper, but the same timings (almost) at a lower speed. I thought the advantage of the lower speed RAM was the tighter timings. Wouldn't that make yours better?



Well technically, the difference in performance from the 1066 to 1600 is not noticeable, measurable in some cases, but not noticeable. I guess I'll have to add up everything and see how close we get to the $1200 limit of his. I'd love to squeeze in a 5850 is we can.
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a b Ý World of Warcraft
December 11, 2009 2:45:08 PM

Ok so here's a complete build for ya

CPU and MOBO- Combo for P55 UD4P w/ USB 3.0 SATA 6 bg/s and i5 $364.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HSF- CM Hyper 212 Plus $29.98. Should be back in stock anytime.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD-Samsung Spinpoint F3 $54.99 Watch this. I swear it goes in an out of stock at least 2x a day.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU- Corsair 650TX $99, $79 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive- Sony SATA $26.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case- Cm HAF 922 $99 w/ free shipping. (Case is the most expensive item to ship)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU- HD 5850 $309.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermal COmpounds- AS5 $6.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS- $30 from win741.com


total $1021.92 before MIR $101.92 after

add another I guess $30 for shipping so total of ~$1050


Edit: Wow, much less than I thought it'd add up to. So yea, grab the RAM i linked then, might as well spend a few extra bucks since its currently so far under budget.

Adding in the DDR3 1600 RAM

G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

so final total is $1159.99
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a b Ý World of Warcraft
December 11, 2009 2:51:58 PM

That's an excellent build. If you can't get the 500 GB F3, there's the 1 TB for $30, but that's out of stock right now too. If you get impatient waiting for those, the Seagate 7200.12 is a decent substitution. It usually costs the same.
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December 11, 2009 3:05:12 PM

Thanks guys! I did a pile of changes as per your comments.

Bathra, I'll take a look at your build this evening :)  Everything looks good and the price is insanely low.

As for the HDD's, if their out of stock I'll check the Seagate or try Tigerdirect for the F3.

I'll get working on purchasing win7 from the student discount (I still have email with my college...I'm hoping that's all I need :p )
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December 11, 2009 3:20:18 PM

Quote:
Thanks guys! I did a pile of changes as per your comments.

Bathra, I'll take a look at your build this evening :)  Everything looks good and the price is insanely low.

As for the HDD's, if their out of stock I'll check the Seagate or try Tigerdirect for the F3.

I'll get working on purchasing win7 from the student discount (I still have email with my college...I'm hoping that's all I need :p )



If you're gonna look at Tiger Direct as well then consider the Element G. I've got that case and a HAF 922 and the element G is actually quieter oddly enough even though it's got 1 more fan. Also has filters, built in fan controller and some other random stuff I like more.

Downside is some ppl think it looks butt ugly =D

$99 after MIR
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

edit: Noise wise it's not based on any decimeter readings, it's more of a which one do I hate more when I'm trying to sleep with it on next to my bed. Thought the fact I can turn off the lights on the element G might be a slight bias...
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