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Need Advice on ~$800 i5 Build

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December 28, 2009 8:03:43 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week
BUDGET RANGE: ~700-800 after rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Internet, Gaming, Video/audio encoding
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: tigerdirect, newegg, anything
OVERCLOCKING: Probably
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably not
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
I have settled on most of the parts for a new desktop:

CPU: Intel Core i5 750 BX80605I5750 Processor - 2.66GHz, LGA 1156, 8MB L3 Cache, Quad-Core, Lynnfield, Retail
Mobo: Asus P7P55D LE Motherboard
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
Graphics: XFX Radeon 5770
Power: Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
Harddrive: 500GB SATA2 Samsung HD502HJ 7200RPM 16MB Hard Drive
Disc Drive: Lite-On IHAS124-04 Internal DVD Writer
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium

Total (after bing cashback and rebates): 764.62

Using tigerdirect for a lot of it because of the 12.8% bing cashback and $25 ebillme rebate. Any suggestions for cost reductions, changes or improvements? I'd like to keep the costs below $800 after cashback and rebates.

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December 28, 2009 8:43:16 PM

If you are near a microcenter, you can get the i5 for $50 less.

Everything else looks good.

What CPU cooler are you getting so you can overclock? The coolermaster Hyper 212 plus is the cheapest good one I know of.
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December 28, 2009 8:50:33 PM

dndhatcher said:
If you are near a microcenter, you can get the i5 for $50 less.

Everything else looks good.

What CPU cooler are you getting so you can overclock? The coolermaster Hyper 212 plus is the cheapest good one I know of.

Unfortunately, no Microcenters (or Fry's) near me. Haven't picked out a cpu cooler/heatsink, so I shall look into that one.
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December 28, 2009 8:54:11 PM

Good build.
The Spinpoint is $54.99 with free shipping at Newegg.com.
Also the 5770 is the same $$$ with free shipping at Newegg.
You can get other 5770 video cards for less at Newegg if you want.
I know I'm picking nits, but...
Otherwise this is a solid build.
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December 28, 2009 9:07:31 PM

Newf said:
Good build.
The Spinpoint is $54.99 with free shipping at Newegg.com.
Also the 5770 is the same $$$ with free shipping at Newegg.
You can get other 5770 video cards for less at Newegg if you want.
I know I'm picking nits, but...
Otherwise this is a solid build.

Thanks for the heads-up on the Spinpoint, it was sold out earlier today.
As for the 5770, I get 12.8% off my order on tigerdirect through bing cashback, which will effectively lower the cost to $156.95.

Edit: For future upgrades (such as new graphics cards, cpus, harddrives), would it be wise to upgrade the power supply to the 620w version? Or will the 520w suffice?

Also, how does the Cooler Master Hyper 212 compare to the Cooler Master Hyper N520?
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December 29, 2009 12:23:54 AM

That power supply does not have a power cord. Unless if you have a extra power cord from a previous power supply that's still in good condition, I wouldn't get that power supply or you have to go buy a separate power cord.
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