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My First Build. Will it work? Budget ~$800. Free cookie if you help!!!

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December 20, 2009 4:01:05 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ~ New Year
BUDGET RANGE: 750 - 850
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Modeling, Movies, other ***.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel
OVERCLOCKING: some
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: yes
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 19"
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Upgradeable


Build:

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail

HIS H577FN1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

Intel Core i5 750 + GIGABYTE P55 Chipset SuperCombo
Saves ~$100


Some Questions:

- Should I get the combo?
- Is the Rosewill psu any good? I heard their products suck bawls.
- Is this build future proof?
- Is it upgradeable?



Thanks.
December 20, 2009 4:26:51 PM

Rosewill is rubbish. Corsair or Antec all the way, OCZ and Seasonic are decent as well.

The combo is good. Gigabyte mobo's are great and the i5 is a brilliant CPU.

Future proof? No PC is completely future-proof, but it should last 4 years at least. You might need to replace the graphics card (or add a second 5770), but that won't be till quite some years.

Is it upgradeable? GPU of course is, CPU isn't I'm afraid. All CPU's planned for the 1156 socket are budget ones, the i5-750 is the most powerful you're gonna get. AMD's AM3 platform offers roughly identical performance and will be upgradeable for years to come (new generation quad cores and the first generation of 6-cores at the very least). If you are willing to spend a few $100 more for identical gaming performance, intel's 1366 socket also offers upgradeability through intel's future 6-cores, but these will cost $1500...

This better be a chocolate chip cookie or I wasted my time :p 
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December 20, 2009 4:31:42 PM

1. maybe, it is good, but if you spent an hour getting better indivdual combos you could beat it.
2.i have a rosewill in a pc i just built for a friend, i have had no problemos, but they do get bad reviews, so ehhhh
3.yes this build is future proof
4.yes it is very upgrable the entire 5000 series and the i3 and whatever else can go on there
take a look at this build:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (or 212)

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

now that is very upgradable, extremely future proof, and not that expensive, 910$ now wheres my cookie :fou:  :lol: 
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December 20, 2009 4:38:58 PM

The i3 is WEAKER than the i5 (it's intels budget line). That's not upgradeable, that's downgradeable.

Great GPU/PSU combo!

Plextor carries a price tag that's not justified. Samsung/Sony Optiarc/LG alternatives are equal and cheaper.

XCLIO is a brand completely unknown to me, so I won't comment.

There are better, less noisy and cheaper alternatives to the Zalman. The Scythe Mugen 2 for example, it's one of the best and most silent coolers on the market. On a budget, the 212 the TS suggested is great.

Memory is good.
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December 20, 2009 4:45:32 PM

yea i know the i3 is weaker, but there are going to be other 1156 sockets, i just dont know what they will be called, so i just used i3.i have an xclio case, and they rock. and that case has 1 250mm fan and 4 120mm fans so extreme cooling on a budget. i really dont care what you do with the dvd thing, anything works. and yes there are better alternatives to the zalman like this:

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

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

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

any of the 4 will work, and work well, and im sure im leaving out something like the v8 but whatever. also that mobo cpu combo is also great because you get a quality board with sata 6 and usb 3 for a great price.
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