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December 11, 2009 11:12:13 PM

I am looking for advice on an Intel i5 System. Got a good deal on an I5 at Micro Center (158.00). I am looking for recommendations on everything else.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next 30 days. Picking up components now

BUDGET RANGE: under 600 after rebates. Potentially lower based on deals.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Java Development, Java Servers, JDE, etc. / Gaming / Video

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, Micro Center (live close to 1)

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200 /// plus or minus

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC, running Linux 2.6.31 kernel / Ubuntu 9.10 / Gnome 2.28 desktop

These are some of my current selections

https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...
December 11, 2009 11:17:34 PM

I can't see your wishlist, it just takes me to login. Could you just copy and paste the original links in? Thanks.
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December 12, 2009 12:04:05 AM

Sure.. sorry about that.. These are just some of the things I found. I am wide open for some deals.
Video Card Choices
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MSI R4670-MD512 Radeon HD 4670 $45.99 (after ship & rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

POWERCOLOR AX4650 512MD2-H Radeon HD 4650 512MB $39.99 (after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 $158.00
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler - Retail $37.48 -$3.00 Instant $34.48
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5 $59.99 -$5.00 Instant $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

BIOSTAR TP55 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard $94.00
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

AZZA Orion 201 black/silver SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $29.00 (after rebate)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready (Already purchased for 29.00)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory (6 or 4)??
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OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $119 (After rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) $129.99 $89.99 (after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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December 12, 2009 12:08:40 AM

Ah, ok. First, i5 is 2 DIMMs (or 4) only. The triple channel stuff is for i7. The video card choices are good for non/light gaming.
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December 12, 2009 7:52:09 AM

Good alternative if you prefer g.skill and don't mind spending $7 more. Same timings, lower voltage:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd pick up a f3 if it's available when you buy. Better than 7200.12 if you wanna min/max but 7200.12 is good as well.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Save some money and get a hyper 212+:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Otherwise, looks good!
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December 12, 2009 5:48:41 PM

vznoobie12 said:
Good alternative if you prefer g.skill and don't mind spending $7 more. Same timings, lower voltage:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd pick up a f3 if it's available when you buy. Better than 7200.12 if you wanna min/max but 7200.12 is good as well.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Save some money and get a hyper 212+:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Otherwise, looks good!


as a testimonial , i have all these three (tried for f3 500gb/platter , no stock) .

the hyper 212 is really a gem of a design , it cost me less yet stands up to more expensive coolers in performance . fits cleanly in my UD2 (small mAtx mobo) . the fan supplied with it (u can add one later on the other side) is quiet and doesnt bother me .

if u are planning on moderate overclocks , like 3.2-3.4 , u can also go for cooler master TX3 , only for 20 dollars .
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December 13, 2009 1:43:46 AM

That is nice to hear that the 212 is quiet. I haven't built mine yet but I could see it was well designed and would cool well. The only part I was unsure of was the quality of the fan. Did you use the paste that came with the fan or something different (like AS5)? Thanks.
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December 13, 2009 4:38:59 AM

I use a hyper 212+ on my i5 as well. :D 

Fans and airflow aren't my forte, but it cools well. I'm also using an old antec tri-cool I had in a push/pull setup. I spent the extra pocket change on as5, and after the curing time these are my temps. Sidenote: ambient temperature: ~21-24c

~34-37c idle
~63-68c full load
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December 13, 2009 8:12:40 AM

EXT64 said:
That is nice to hear that the 212 is quiet. I haven't built mine yet but I could see it was well designed and would cool well. The only part I was unsure of was the quality of the fan. Did you use the paste that came with the fan or something different (like AS5)? Thanks.


yeah the CM fan is quiet , i am using the paste that came with it ...
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December 13, 2009 2:43:14 PM

Yeah, i have tons of paste lying around from old builds. I know AS5once was the best, but I think they said you are supposed to reapply it once a year or something. I might still use it, and just keep an eye on temps.
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