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It seems rather cheap (good) to be true.

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December 16, 2009 8:26:49 PM

I've made this build for myself and the price looks just excellent, which buffles me. I won't use links, because it's from a site in Greek, but I will post prices in euros. Keep in mind that prices in Greece are kind of like 1 euro = 1 dollar (which means we pay way more than what the Americans are paying).

Intel Core i5 750 2.66 179 euros
MSI P55 GD 65 99 euros
RAM Corsair 4 GB 1333MHz 110 euros
PSU Corsair 650 W 109 euros
Hard Drive WD 640 GB 50 euros
Sapphire vapor-x 5770 170 euros
Case Coolermaster Elite 310 30 euros
I will also put some after market cooler on the cpu to try slight overclocking and the all necessary Windows 7 and some fans for the case and a DVD-RW (or two)

All in all, I am expecting to pay around 900 euros.

I mainly use it for gaming, but I have a monitor that supports 1440x900 so I don't think I need a better GPU (unless you tell me to). I wish there was something like 5830 or 5790, because that's the performance I think I would use. I also kind of need the vapor-x card because my current 4850 surpasses 100 Celsius easily every time I game, especially in the summer.

I don't mind to go AMD, but I would like a capable processor, because I need the system to last for the next 2-3 years with only buying another gpu for crossfire, so a phenom x2 955 or something would have me at the same price range, right? Tell me your opinions.

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a b B Homebuilt system
December 16, 2009 8:39:27 PM

Yes, the AMD route will put you around the same price range. Many would argue that AMD has better price/performance but the i5 750 is awesome processor that will out perform any Phenom II when overclocked.

The only thing I don't like about your build is the case. You're building a nice computer, you should get a nicer case. Coolermaser HAF 922 or Antec 902 or NXZT Tempest EVO are nice cases.
December 16, 2009 8:46:21 PM

Thanks. I don't really like the case myself, but I have to cut corners somewhere, so the case takes the first hit and then the motherboard. I would love to get an Asus, but this MSI has the right price and I read a good review on it (one-button overclocking for a moderate increase in frequency...that's all I need...).

I also cut corners on the hard drive (I have some external ones, so I won't be sort of space soon, but I would still like to get a 1TB hard drive or something).

I might even have to cut corners on the 5770 and get a regular one and not a vapor-x one, but we'll see about that.

But to be honest, I was expecting to get an AthlonII X4 or something and I end up with an i5....not bad....

I am still open to AMD offerings though.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 16, 2009 8:56:23 PM

That MSI motherboard is pretty decent. I built 7 computers using that and the i7 860 and have had no problems yet.
a b B Homebuilt system
December 16, 2009 8:57:06 PM

At your price range the i5 is the way to go. It has really cut deep into AMDs prior dominance of the value CPU market.
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