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December 30, 2009 9:09:16 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Mid January

BUDGET RANGE: $1200-ish, however there is a little leeway

SYSTEM USAGE: Gaming, movies/streaming video, general internet surfing, 3D graphics/rendering

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: All peripherals, OS (will be using Win7 64-bit), also I already have a 500 GB external HDD for storage, so a huge internal drive is not necessary

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com or similar reliable site

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, but I can be persuaded either way

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Currently 1280x1024, but may be upgrading monitor within the next 12 months

I'd like this build to be good for several years with only a few upgrades to keep it going along the way. I'm currently gaming on a Dell laptop with a Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz, 2GB RAM, and a Go 7900 GS, which I've had for 4 years. Thus, this will be a huge step up for me.

Another thing to note: This is my first ever build. I know they say it's real easy and everything, but just keep in mind that I'll probably go easy on overclocking and adjusting voltages and whatnot.

A friend recommended the following build, however he's never built a PC either, so I'm not even sure if all of the parts are compatible, much less good choices, haha.

XCLIO Windtunnel Fully Black Finish 1.0 mm SECC Chassis ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail - $95.99 (after instant rebate)

GIGABYTE SUPERB GE-P450P-C2 550W ATX12V V2.3 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail - $69.99 (after instant rebate)

MSI P55-GD80 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail - $209.99

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail - $194.99 (after instant rebate)

GIGABYTE GV-R587D5-1GD-B Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported ... - Retail - $409.99

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail - $48.99

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $69.99

HP 24X Multiformat DVD Writer Black SATA Model 1260i - Retail - $31.99

Total - $1,167.92

Thanks for your input.

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December 30, 2009 10:38:51 PM

Firstly, that Ram is not compatible with the rest of the system, so change that to DDR3 probably 1600Mhz with lowish latency/timings. Which will be around the $100 mark.
That power supply does not have enough power connectors for the 5870, you're looking for a PSU that has 2 6pin connectors. I'd say get a 600W unit. More if you're going to add another 5870 at some point, 750W should do a 5870 in crossfire.
You could probably spend less on a mobo, depends on what features you want with it.
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December 30, 2009 10:46:42 PM

Caviar Blue is "cool & quiet" data drive, not a high performance boot drive.
You want a Samsung F3 500GB or 1TB or a Seagate 7200.12 500GB or 1TB.

For Cases look at the Antec 300 illusion, Antec 900/902 and Coolermaster Storm Scout, CM690 and HAF 922. All are quality air cooling cases that are around the same price or cheaper.

I have no idea if Gigabytes Power supplies are any good, but even if they were, that one will not handle the nice 5870 graphics card you picked.

This Antec earthwatts 650 would be much more reliable and have plenty of power for overclocking.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


The RAM you have linked is old DDR2 stuff. The P55 motherboard requires a 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3-1333 or DDR3-1600 low voltage (1.5-1.65 Volt) kit.
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December 31, 2009 12:54:24 AM

Thanks for the tips. Again, I don't know much hardware stuff, so I appreciate you guys pointing out the little things I missed (like the fact that the RAM I linked wasn't compatible).

So, after some more research, here's what I've come up with. Are there any other improvements I can make?

Also, remember that I'm not entirely set on the graphics card or CPU, so if you think I'd be better off with a different CPU or graphics card, speak up. Also, I AM slightly under budget right now, so if I can do better for a little bit more cash, that's another possibility.

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail - $89.99 (after instant rebate)

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified ... - Retail - $79.99 (after instant rebate)

MSI P55-GD80 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail - $209.99

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail - $194.99 (after instant rebate)

GIGABYTE GV-R587D5-1GD-B Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported ... - Retail - $409.99

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail - $95.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $54.99

HP 24X Multiformat DVD Writer Black SATA Model 1260i - Retail - $31.99

Total - $1,167.92

Thanks again, guys.
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December 31, 2009 1:22:15 AM

If you want a monster gaming machine and can afford it, the i5 with a 5870 is one of the best setups you can have.

You might look for Ram that is Cas7 instead of the Cas 9 you linked. Its only a few percent faster but the price shouldnt be too much higher either.
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December 31, 2009 6:00:58 PM

Should be good.
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