Need some expert advice please...


I am building a new PC and have a budget of around $1100. I need it to last me 3 years or more. I already have two 19" LCDs, a keyboard, a mouse, and speakers. My use of the PC is as follows: 1. Gaming (FPS & MMORPGs) 2. Movies/TV Shows 3. Surfing the web

Please look over my build and rate and/or comment. Suggestions are welcome...

Took me awhile to decide between the i7 - 920 and the i5 - 750, but since the i7-9 build would have run me a few hunderd more for very comparable performance, I decided to get an expensive GPU rather than CPU and keep my budget. It looks as tho I probably won't be able to upgrade to i9/6 cores when it is made available, but seriously unless your rendering large amounts of 3d video, I read that there is no real gain and the i5 has a lot of the same new features as the i7 chips, mainly the awesome turbo boost. Also I don't really need the NZXT Sentry Meter but seeing as the case comes with so many fans it would be very handy and it looks cool. It does take me slightly over budget but I can live with that. I think I found a "kick-ass" machine for a really reasonable price tag. What do you think?

Here are the specs:

Case -- NZXT Tempest EVO Gaming Tower Case
Processor -- Intel® Core™ i5 750 Processor (4x 2.66GHz/8MB L3 Cache)
Motherboard -- Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P Intel P55 Chipset CrossFire SLI Supported w/7.1 Sound, Dual-Channel DDR3, Dual Gb LAN, S-ATA 3.0 Raid, USB 3.0, Dual PCI-E MB
Memory -- 4 GB DDR3-1600 Memory Module - Corsair or Major Brand [Free Upgrade from 1333 to 1600]
Video Card -- ATI Radeon HD 5850 - 1GB
Power Supply -- 750 Watt - Corsair CMPSU-750TX
Processor Cooling -- Liquid CPU Cooling System w/ 120mm Radiator [Free Upgrade]
Hard Drive -- 1 TB HARD DRIVE - 16M Cache, 7200 RPM, 3.0Gb/s
Optical Drive -- 22X Sony Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive
Meter Display -- NZXT Sentry LX Aluminum Fan Control, Clock, and Temperature LCD Display
Operating System -- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - 64-Bit

Edit: Does ne1 have experience with IBP's Corsair or Major brand RAM?, they don't have many options and I had to kinda go with this...
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  1. What kind of liquid cooling system is it?
    What kind of hard drive is it?
    Where are you buying this "machine"?

    If you are concerned about this PC's longevity, AMD has announced that the AM3 socket will be sticking around until at least 2011, probably until late 2012. With the SCORPIOUS processor only needing a BIOS update to be installed in any current AM3 motherboard.

    SCORPIOUS might be a competing processor against Intel's i9 processor and will surely be cheaper.

    Also... I am not an expert. I just like tech LOL
  2. Thank you for your response.

    I am buying from ibuypower...

    The cooling was a free upgrade with no name on it...could be anything I suppose. Same can be said said for the HD. They didn't offer brand names here....don't know why. Also the RAM selected is Corsair or Major Brand name...

    Is this ok? The same system priced elsewhere was about $200 more.
  3. What I want to know is, do the components I selected make a great system? Also will a HDD that I don;t know much about bottleneck me?
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    It will be a good system. More expensive than self built because you are paying them to assemble and insure it, but it will perform well.
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