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Mid-range Gaming Build

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December 31, 2009 5:56:25 AM

Hi gang, here goes:

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-2 months

BUDGET RANGE: AU$1000-1200 ideally (US$900-1100) (it's hovering around AU$1400 (US$1250) now); before rebates (I've scouted out some local rebates, but nothing on newegg will be relevant, as I'm in Australia).

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, internet, occasional image editing.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Case, keyboard, mouse, speakers.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Will be buying locally.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Australia.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Would prefer to stick to an Intel CPU.

OVERCLOCKING: Low-level; CROSSFIRE: Yes (at some point in the future).

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: -

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Here's what I've got planned out so far:

CPU:
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AU$226 (US$203)

GFX: HIS 1GB 5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Two variants, couldn't tell the difference between them : /)
AU$189 (US$170)

MB: GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 $244
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AU$244 (US$220)

RAM: 4GB G-Skill ripjaws 1333
(Not sure which variant this is...the ones with the worse timings of the two I gather)
AU$125 (US$113)

MON: Acer 23inch X233HB 5ms
(Nothing on Newegg, good reviews elsewhere).
AU$166 after CB (US$149)

PSU: Antec Earthwatts EA-650
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AU$117 (US$105)

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AU$105 (US$95)

OPT: LG 22x SATA DVD-RW
AU$38 (US$34)

+AU$70 (US$63) Assembly and testing;
+AU$115 (US$104) Windows 7 Home Version.

= AU$1349 (US$1214)

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I've got a Thermaltake Xaser III case that I bought of ebay last year, and I'll make do with the mouse and keyboard I have for now.

As you can see, it's a fair way over budget - I'd want it a lot closer to $1000 if possible. I don't need everything to run blindingly fast with full graphics at 1920x1200, but I would like it to last quite a while, and be fairly easily upgraded when the time comes - that's the logic behind getting the X58, although I'm starting to think this might be overkill. I probably want to keep my MB the next time I upgrade my CPU (in 2-3 years I reckon), and also to just chuck in another 5770 in CF around the same time for what will hopefully by that time be a cheap boost. So basically I'm just worried whether a P55 would do the job re: upgradability and CF (and I also don't know which one to choose). Also, I'm not sure if the PSU I included is appropriate - thoughts?

Any help would be massively appreciated! I'm easy with parts that I've chosen being swapped out : ).

Ta,

Dylan

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December 31, 2009 1:25:12 PM

The ripjaws flu has been confirmed to be epidemic. :D  AU & UK buyers are infected total.

*buzzer* You're getting an i5 750 LGA 1156 with an X58 LGA 1366? Doesn't not compute. Unless you reverse-engineer. X58 is premium. You can't afford it w/o downgrading other parts.

Go with i5 750 + P55 (mainstream). Mobo ideas:

GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard w/ USB 3.0 & SATA 6 Gb/s - Retail
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Both support Crossfire X & SLI. In case you jump ship to nVidia next year, you aren't forced to upgrade the mobo.
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January 1, 2010 2:56:36 AM

Thanks for the feedback...one thing though, the X58 mobo I've mentioned is only AU$19 more expensive than either of the ones you've recommended. Wouldn't that be worth it for an X58? Or maybe the P55's just obscenely expensive at the place I checked out...
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January 1, 2010 3:19:25 AM

dmmorgan said:
Thanks for the feedback...one thing though, the X58 mobo I've mentioned is only AU$19 more expensive than either of the ones you've recommended. Wouldn't that be worth it for an X58? Or maybe the P55's just obscenely expensive at the place I checked out...


But the CPU is 90 more this would be the bottom line CPU for the X58 mobo http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

oops not in ca but you get the point
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January 1, 2010 5:09:24 AM

Ahh - so the X58s don't support i5s at all? Right, decision made. ta!
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January 1, 2010 12:51:07 PM

You're missing the fine points. I'm not aware of any X58 that supports USB 3 & SATA 6. Both of my listed ones do. You're all set for a few years if you get any of 'em P55.
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January 1, 2010 11:04:50 PM

If you get the LGA 1366 mobo, you should get i7 920 & 3x2GB DDR3. Otherwise, it's i5/i7 860 LGA 1156 + 2X2GB DDR3.
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