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First time building comp, under $800

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December 28, 2009 3:23:13 AM


This is my first attempt at building a comp, I have added RAM, drives, HDD's and transferred comps to other cases but I have no experience in building from scratch. The build is mainly for new games, downloading movies and music etc oh and converting movies . I want to use my old DVD burner and HDD it is a 300gig IDE, I also have a 160gig sata HD but it is to small . I plan on using memoryexpress. I can pick the stuff up and not worry about shipping costs.
I would like to buy the parts within 2 weeks. I hope to stay under $800(Canadian)

This is what I plan on getting

Motherboard: I already got a Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2. I plan on using the simple Smart QuickBoost for overclocking. I do not have any experience in overclocking with the BIOS

CPU: Intel Core i5 Processor 750 2.66GHz

Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2

RAM: Kingston ValueRAM 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Dual Channel Kit (2 x 2GB)

PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA 750W Power Supply w/ Quad +12V

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium x64 (64-bit)

GPU: 5770 1gig, not sure which brand yet, I will wait till I buy so that I can get the best price. I am not to concerned about crossfiring giving the bottle neck on the PCI-E x16 and x4. If I want to crossfire I will probably upgrade my mobo in the future I guess. I am stuck with this mobo so I plan on using it

My current monitor is 1280x1024 but i plan on getting a widescreen HD monitor in the future but not right now. I am going to use my old presario case and I can add additional fans to the front and the side if needed. I was wondering how to do that when my mobo has only one system fan port and i think it regulates the fan speed

I have no one to help me build this and I am learning from researching the internet, could someone please tell me if I this is a good build? Much appreciated.Thanks

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December 28, 2009 3:53:20 AM

^ you wont need 750W IMO...
Get Antec EA 500...that would suffice for a single HD 5770/ HD 5850/ HD 5870...
Rest are good...
December 28, 2009 4:57:17 AM

OK thanks. If I want to do crossfire in the future would I need more than 500?
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December 28, 2009 5:08:17 AM

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^ would then require more than 500W...
The Antec EA 650W would suffice then...
EA 650

Or Corsair 650TX with free shipping and $20 rebate

But if you are sure of going xfire, then the EA 750 is also a good option as for just $90 after rebates, you get a modular PSU...

Actually even this would suffice for HD 5770 xfire...
December 28, 2009 8:54:04 PM

Thanks for the help! I plan on getting the parts next week and starting it up. i am going to get a ANTEC EarthWatts 500W Power Supply I believe
December 29, 2009 2:53:50 AM

^ Good Luck :)