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New i5 build in progress - looking for suggestions and comments

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December 29, 2009 1:36:25 PM

I just ordered the first phase of my new PC. Just looking for some commentary and perhaps some advice on how much overclocking I might be able to do with the stock cooling. Can anyone recommend a good CPU cooler for this build?

For the moment this will be a homework and programming machine with a good bit of graphic design. Eventually I am hoping to add 1 or 2 nVidia DX 11 cards when they become available and convert the gt240 to full-time PhysX. The speakers are obviously a place holder and I am also planning on adding 1-2 more HDDs and doubling the RAM in phase 2 of the build.

Finally, I am looking to have the option of using it as a double workstation once I get a second video card and a second monitor. I forget the name of the program in Linux, but it allows for simultaneous separate OS instances on the same PC. I think this build will have enough umph to run at least 2 if not more adequate work stations for moderate simultaneous loads.

As stated, any advice or commentary is welcome. On second thought, save the nVidia fanboy cracks... I do prefer nVidia and I have my own reasons besides the silly green logo. Not that I wouldn't buy ATI, but not for my main powerstation.

New Build – Phase 1:

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case – Retail $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: Rosewill BRONZE series RBR1000-M 1000W Continuous@40°C, 80Plus Bronze Certified,Modular Cable Design,ATX12V v2.3/ EPS12V,SLI Ready,CrossFire Ready,Active PFC"Compatible with Core i7, i5" Power Supply – Retail $99.99 (+5.99 Shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: EVGA P55 FTW SLI 132-LF-E657-KR LGA1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard – Retail $204.99 (-$20 Rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor – Retail $194.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 – Retail $94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: EVGA 512-P3-1242 GeForce GT 240 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 Superclocked PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Supported Video Card – Retail $109.99 (-$10 Rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD Storage: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: Pioneer Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 40X CD-R 32X CD-RW 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner LabelFlash Support – OEM $34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard: Logitech G15 104 Normal Keys 29 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard – Retail $76.95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Primary Display: BenQ G2220HD Glossy Black 21.5" 5ms, 2 ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 10000:1(1000:1) – Retail
$149.99 (+8.99 Shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Speakers: Logitech S-220 17 Watts 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System – OEM $23.99 (+6.99 Shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total System Cost: $1,201.16 (Including thermal grease and not including existing mouse)
December 29, 2009 8:28:27 PM

Other than rosewill is not known for good stable power supplies. Please check professional reviews but I think you would be much better off with a reliable Corsair 850 TX (assuming you plan on two graphics cards plus the 240 for physx) or a 650TX for one graphics card plus the physx.
December 29, 2009 8:44:34 PM

i would at least get a gts 250, the 240 is pretty anemic. some of the 275 special additions are as fast and cheaper than 285's. and that power supply... no need for 1000watt no name brand when even a 500watt name brand would power your setup fine and cost less as well
January 3, 2010 5:05:40 PM

dndhatcher said:
Other than rosewill is not known for good stable power supplies. Please check professional reviews but I think you would be much better off with a reliable Corsair 850 TX (assuming you plan on two graphics cards plus the 240 for physx) or a 650TX for one graphics card plus the physx.


I am going to give the Rosewill a try since it was really affordable, but I will keep that info in mind and might shift it over to another build if it proves too unstable.

I am assuming that it will be totally fine under normal stress, but I will really find out how well built rosewill parts are when I try to push 4GHz. Thanks for the response.
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