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December 27, 2009 2:36:45 PM

Hello, I'm a first time builder looking to build a PC for gaming, programming, and maybe creating music on.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Around now

BUDGET RANGE: $1500 USD limit, but probably around $1300

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Multitasking, Storage, Video, Music, etc.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, Speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, or anywhere else I can get a good deal; microcenter

PARTS PREFERENCES: Some stuff listed below

OVERCLOCKING: Yes, at stock or under stock voltage. I've never OCed before.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe down the road

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like stability, ability to multitask, ability to play most of the latest games without frame rate/graphics problems.
I might add another comparable hard drive to this computer down the road, and as mentioned above, another graphics card (though the latter would only be if I notice a performance issue with games, and not something I have a definite plan on including).






















CPU:
Intel Core i5-750 Processor Boxed
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0317379
$149.99


Motherboard:
ASUS P7P55D LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16813131404
$149.99

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231276
$99.99


GPU & PSU:
HIS H587F1GDG Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
and
Thermaltake TR2 W0388RU 600W ATX 12V v2.2 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductCombos.aspx?Item=N82E16814161301&SubCategory=48&SortField=0&PageSize=10&page=1
$429.98







HDD:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148433
$89.99


OS:
Windows 7
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0318879
$99.99



Disk Drive:
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=N82E16827118030
$31.99



Case:
Antec Three Hundred ATX
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0283272
$49.99


Keyboard:
Not sure, any suggestions for a standard keyboard that is quiet for under $20?
~$20.00



LCD:
ASUS VH222H-P Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000 :1 Built in Speakers - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236067
$(159.99+16.33 shipping)
or
Hanns·G HH-251HPB Black 24.6" 2ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 15000:1(800:1) Built-in Speakers - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254040&nm_mc=EMC- IGNEFL122609&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL122609-_-MonitorsLCDFlatPanel-_-LP1A-_-24254040
$199.99





TOTAL:
$1297





Main concerns:
+Are there any incompatibilities with my parts/ are there cheaper but comparable parts for my build? Comments on brand choice?
Mostly wondering about PSU (sufficient for crossfire later, and two hard drives?), Case (size), MoBo/memory (haven't really done any research on those, just picked one that seemed decent)

+Is newegg free shipping reliable, or should I pay for FedEx shipping for products (most specifically for LCD, hard drive, etc.)

+Is 4 GB ram enough, or should I get 6 GB?

+Should I get a cooler?

+ Any suggestions would be welcome :D 

Thanks a bunch!
December 27, 2009 4:12:41 PM

Everything will work together with what you have listed. I would suggest an 80 Plus rated power supply if that one is not already. If you are planning to Crossfire get a 650W at least with an 80 Plus rating at least. I didn't take a look at your motherboard since the link isn't working correctly but if you are looking to Crossfire make sure the PCIe lanes are 8x8x and no lower.

I would go with the Asus monitor as they look great from what I've read in reviews. 4GBs is plenty for normal gaming intentions. You really only need a cooler if you live in Florida of planning on over clocking. If you are getting a cooler I would take a look at the Cooler Master 212+. It performs very well for the price.

Newegg ships fine. Don't pay triple for FedEx as they just treat their packages the same anyways. Its just really bad luck if your components are damaged. I've had quite a few orders from Newegg and never had shipping damage.
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December 28, 2009 7:54:31 AM

Thanks for the reply. I fixed the links above and made some changes to the build:


Case & PSU:
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
and
COOLER MASTER UCP RS700-AAAAA3 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.311576
$179.99

Keyboard:
Logitech Deluxe 250 Black 104 Normal Keys USB Wired Standard Keyboard - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126013
$(14.99+4.99 shipping)

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December 28, 2009 8:10:38 AM

^ That is a good build...but definetly change the mobo if you are planning to add 1 more HD 5870 in crossfire...The PCIe slots on that mobo will work only at x16 and x4 when 2 cards are populated and not x8x8...So the 2nd card would be capped by that limited bandwidth...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - Check this RAM...It operates at lower voltages and is better...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But how about this ?
You get a very good mobo + a good set of RAM for nearly the same price...but the bonus here is full x16x16 when running 2 graphic cards in crossfire or SLI...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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December 28, 2009 12:29:24 PM

Ooo good catch on the mobo, thanks. I did check it, but being new at this I was somewhat confused on how to read the PCIe specs.

I've read that some mobos don't support lower voltage memory (e.g., 1.3V would have to be ran at 1.5V); how do you check whether a certain mobo supports low voltage memory?

Oh yeah, and if I get 4 GB RAM should I go with Windows 7 64bit (as opposed to 32)?



Updated build:

EDITTED



CPU:
Intel Core i5-750 Processor Boxed
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0317379
$149.99



Motherboard:
ASRock P55 Extreme LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157172
$129.99

Should have x8/x8 for Crossfire if I'm reading correctly?


GPU:
HIS H587F1GDG Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductCombos.aspxItem=N82E16814161301&SubCategory=48&SortField=0&PageSize=10&page=1
$429.98


Case:
NZXT M59 - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146058
$59.99

PSU:
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005
$98.99


PSU:
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006
$109.99





RAM:
G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBECO - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231318
$99.99



HDD:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148433
$89.99


HDD:
Samsung Spinpoint F3 3.5in 1TB SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive, 7200RPM, 32MB Cache, Model: HD103SJ. OEM
http://www.directron.com/hd103sj.html?gsear=1
$89.99

People keep writing that it's blazing fast...directron seems to be the only place that has some order history and also carries this drive





OS:
Windows 7 64-bit
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0318879
$99.99


Disk Drive:
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=N82E16827118030
$31.99




Keyboard:
Logitech Deluxe 250 Black 104 Normal Keys USB Wired Standard Keyboard - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126013
$(14.99+4.99 shipping)


LCD:
ASUS VH222H-P Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000 :1 Built in Speakers - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236067
$(159.99+16.33 shipping)



TOTAL:~$1380
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a b 4 Gaming
December 29, 2009 2:40:56 AM

^ That is good...
And about the PSU - If you have planned for 2 nd 5870 later on, then get the Corsair 750TX...It has the required power connectors for 2x HD 5870s unlike 650TX...
Or check this out for about $100
SeaSonic S12D 750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rest of the components are fine...
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