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$800-1000 system please critique

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December 30, 2009 12:14:34 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as i decide

BUDGET RANGE: ~$1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS, monitor, dvd burner

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: doesnt really matter

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

ARTS PREFERENCES: None really

OVERCLOCKING: Yes in the future

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION:1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: im mostly unsure as to what mobo/ram i should use... the rest seems ok to me

This is what i have so far:

PSU:Corsair TX750W 750-Watt everyone seems to love this ps and i figure i might as well have the extra power just incase

GPU: Radeon 5850 Not sure what brand to go for... Sapphires all sold out :( 

CPU: Core i5 750

HD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB everyone speaks highly of this hd

For RAM I was lookin at these but iunno how appropriate they are: G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

As for the mobo I have all sorts of mixed feelings... I've been lookin at all three of these... dont know which is the best choice:

GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3
BIOSTAR T5 XE CFX-SLI
ASRock P55 Extreme

The whole thing would cost about $800 with any of those mobos after rebates/cash back and i thought that was a pretty damn good price

Like I said, I mostly just need advice with the RAM/mobo but any advice is more than welcome.

Edit: whoops forgot the case

Cooler Master Centurion 5 I'm lookin for advice on this too, its gotten great reviews but noone seems to be using it in the forums here.
December 30, 2009 12:59:35 PM

If I had to pick out a board from the 3, it'd be Gigabyte. Cheap + new standards.

CM C5 is kinda old. Most everyone would have gotten CM690 if they wanted CM. C5 is a solid case.
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December 30, 2009 1:00:09 PM

RAM seems fine, but I'd recommend the Gigabyte motherboard (there's also a combo deal with the CPU you'd like to buy, save yourself 15 bucks). Sadly, it does not support DDR3 1600 specifically, so you'll have to poke around for different RAM, try the "G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333."

Otherwise you're pretty well off, double check what wattage you'd need to run two 5850s in CrossfireX, assuming you'd like to do so in the future.

EDIT: I've had the case personally, and it's alright, but I'm unsure if it'll fit the 5850. I could measure for you if you'd really like to know.
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December 30, 2009 1:02:28 PM

For Crossfiring 5850's, 600W is recommended, so a quality brand like Corsair might pull it off with as little as 500/550. For this build, 600/650W is plenty, no need for 750.
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December 30, 2009 1:05:24 PM

ah i didnt notice that the gigabyte mobo didnt support that ram... but does the gigabyte mobo do crossfire at 8x or whatever? and apparently if you do use crossfire with that board then the usb 3.0 and the sata 3 dont work... so it didnt seem that important

Also, is the low voltage ram really that important?

And can anyone recommend another case that would be nicer/bigger if it needs to be?
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December 30, 2009 1:12:25 PM

The need for SATA3/USB3.0 will be up to your personal needs. After looking deeper into the Gigabyte board there might be better options, there's some beautiful EVGA motherboards in the price range.
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December 30, 2009 1:15:01 PM

_Marku said:
The need for SATA3/USB3.0 will be up to your personal needs. After looking deeper into the Gigabyte board there might be better options, there's some beautiful EVGA motherboards in the price range.


Are there any in particular that would suit my needs? And does anyone have any imput as to how the ASrock/ biostar mobos would fare?
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December 30, 2009 1:20:20 PM

baconshaft said:
Are there any in particular that would suit my needs? And does anyone have any imput as to how the ASrock/ biostar mobos would fare?


The 'EVGA P55 LE 123-LF-E653-KR' suits your needs and budget, and I'd recommend it over the others, EVGA has great support, warrenty, and all that good stuff.
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December 30, 2009 1:31:08 PM

im not sure what 2200+ is supposed to mean (next to ram) and will that board support crossfire at 8x?
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December 30, 2009 1:59:41 PM

hmm... well anyways does anyone else have a suggestion as to what would be a good mobo/ram?
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December 30, 2009 2:04:37 PM

Sorry for the slow response, 'Corsair XMS3' would work with the EVGA motherboard I recommended, and it does support Corssfire 16X and 8x
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December 30, 2009 2:10:08 PM

those are high voltage tho and ive been told not to go over 1.65v on my ram using this CPU...
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December 30, 2009 6:14:59 PM

processor -core i5 750 2.66 ghz

motherboard -gigabyte ga p55m ud2

ram -2x 2 gb ddr3

gpu -ati hd 5850

cabinet -cooler master cm 690 or cooler master gladiator 600

smps -corsair tx 650

hdd -segate 1tb (other brands are not available in india at least not where i live!!)

logitech keyboard mouse combo

optical drive -sony dvd writer

lcd -20 inch either lg or samsung


THIS IS MY BUILT AND TRUST ME IT IS AWESOMELY POWERFUL !!!
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