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December 12, 2009 3:00:58 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: The next 2 days

BUDGET RANGE: 700-900 (After Rebates and 5% "CashBack" at Amazon.com)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the web, multitasking, watching dvds

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (I will be using Windows 7 Professional 64-bit)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Amazon.com, Newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES:

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD4
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B002MAPSB...

Processor: Intel core i5 750, $164 after tax at Micro Center
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB Bulk/OEM Hard Drive 3.5 Inch, 32 MB Cache, 7200 RPM SATA II WD1001FALS
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B001C271M...

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two Ultimate Gaming Case
http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Nine-Hundred-Two-Ultimate/d...

PSU: Corsair CMPSU-850TX 850-Watt TX Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply compatible with Intel Core i7 and Core i5
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CMPSU-850TX-850-Watt-Cert...

ODD: Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (Thus, no aftermarket heat sink or thermal paste - yet)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

I think I'll wait on buying a new graphics card (or cards). I currently have a PNY 9800GT 1024MB card... I think it will be OK for the games I want to play (GTA4, NBA 2k10, MW2, SC2, etc.) I can currently play MW2 fine, but I have trouble with GTA4 (I upgraded my graphics card just to play it.. but it still has terrible frame rates...). I can't play NBA 2k10 without reducing the details drastically.. this prompted the new computer build.


So I think I have everything besides the RAM pretty much set... I've already bought the PSU and the (old) graphics card.

Which of the two RAM kits? Should I get 8GB of RAM (eventually?)

So, how does this build look? Overkill on the PSU/Case...? (Oh well..)

Can I SLI or Crossfire on this mobo? If not... is there a quality mobo than can that is less than $151?

A final question:

Do Radeon cards work with this setup?


Thanks! :) 
December 12, 2009 5:05:24 PM

sonic-boom said:
This HDD is cheaper and the same speed, if not faster
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This ram is faster and cheaper
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

No overkill since youve already bought the PSU...
You CAN crossfire and sli on that mobo
Radeon Cards DO work with this setup


I wouldn't worry about upgrading to 8gb for a while. 4gb is more than enough.

Didn't see where the OP said he already bought the psu? A good 600w would suffice and provide room for upgrades.

Jw wondering what components are in your old computer?
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December 12, 2009 5:09:12 PM

What are you talking about core did you even read the post?????????????????


I NEVER said get 8gb of ram I simply said the ram I listed is faster and cheaper.

I said the PSU is NOT overkill since the OP already bought it and its not worth taking back. Why would you take it back for a 600w, the money you spend in restock and shipping back you lose money.

Please read my post next time and don't assume everything.
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December 12, 2009 5:23:17 PM

sonic-boom said:
What are you talking about core did you even read the post?????????????????


I NEVER said get 8gb of ram I simply said the ram I listed is faster and cheaper.

I said the PSU is NOT overkill since the OP already bought it and its not worth taking back. Why would you take it back for a 600w, the money you spend in restock and shipping back you lose money.

Please read my post next time and don't assume everything.


First off, take a xanax dude. I mentioned the 8gb of ram because the OP asked if he should upgrade to 8gb eventually in his original post.
I never recommended returning a psu, and I was just commenting that if he didn't already buy one 600w would be enough.

I read the post and nowhere does he say "I've already bought this and this ".
He wrote:
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Overkill on the PSU/Case...? (Oh well..)

That doesn't necessarily mean he already bought it.
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December 12, 2009 5:29:10 PM

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So I think I have everything besides the RAM pretty much set... I've already bought the PSU and the (old) graphics card.



OP did buy the PSU.

Why quote my suggestions if you are talking about 8gb of ram then??
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December 12, 2009 5:32:23 PM

I wanted to quote the part about already buying the psu part. I must've read that post 3 times and skipped that line every time..
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December 12, 2009 5:44:02 PM

The OP left an important detail out of his question...what is your current setup? It looks to me like you are going about this backwards. If you are having graphics issues the most likely thing to upgrade FIRST is the graphics card. 9800gt is pretty weak to try to max out settings, even at 16x10. Rather than upgrading everything except the gpu, you should upgrade that, then work on the rest of the system. Of course, if you cpu is really weak and you've already overclocked it to its full potential, it might be time to upgrade everything else also.
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December 12, 2009 10:09:54 PM

My current setup is pretty lame. I have an Intel® Core™2 Duo processor E6420 (4MB L2 Cache,2.13GHz,1066 FSB)... but it's running at 1.6GHz because I have a sad PSU (500W with only a 4-pin for my processor... that's why I bought the new PSU already. I haven't tried it in my current PC yet.)

Belial2k:
It's true my graphics card will become the weakest part of my system... but my current build is not worthy of upgrading. I want the P55 processor, so I need to upgrade processor/mobo/ram anyway. Since I needed a new PSU too... the only things new I'm also buying are the case, the ODD, and a harddrive.

Sonicboom: Why is that rip jaw ram cheaper?? The cas latency is right in between the two I posted.. weird. I think I'll get that kit. Thanks for that.
As for the HDD, I think I'll take your advice as well.


Random thought (sort of @ elliotgraham94): A lot of these components are cheaper on Amazon.com because they don't charge tax. Also, free shipping on everything. And (for the next few weeks) 5% cash back.

Thanks for the input guys.
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