Need Help Finalizing My First Build ($1400-$1500)

So I read Tecmo34's excellent "Recommended Builds by Usage" thread and have decided to build a modified version of the 2nd "Gamer" PC on the list. Before I go and buy everything, though, I just want to make sure that this design makes sense (I'm a system builder newb).

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This Weekend BUDGET RANGE: $1400-$1500 Max. (including monitor)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming!, video editing (maybe), web-browsing, coding

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, Keyboard, OS (have Win7 RC, but want RTM if it fits in budget)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:,, any trustworthy site with good deals :D COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA


OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (if necessary) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (but probably not if I have 5870)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, or 1920x1200 if there's a good monitor at this res. that fits into my budget

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I basically have decided what I'm getting, just want to see what others think of my design. Is the 5870 necessary? (Most demanding game I currently have is Fallout 3, but probably will be getting more demanding games once I build this PC.) Also is the M59 case good, or should I get something bigger? Thirdly, would the Mobo have enough room for a second GPU if I ever went Crossfire in the future? Lastly, is the Ripjaws RAM necessary, or could I get by with something less expensive?


CPU- Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750
HSF- COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail

(Both found in this bundle)

MOBO- GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD4 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

RAM- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series :) 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

GPU- SAPPHIRE 100281SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16


Optical Drive- SAMSUNG SH-S223C OEM

HDD- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache


Thermal Compound- Arctic Silver 5

Wireless Adapter- Rosewill RNX-N300X IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE 802.11n Draft 2.0 PCI Wireless Adapter (Will this fit on my mobo?)

Monitor- Most likely either:

ASUS VH236H 23 Inch 1920 X 1080
ViewSonic X Series VX2433wm Black 23.6" 2ms(GTG); 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 20000:1(1000:1) Built in Speakers

Surge Suppressor- BELKIN BE108230-06 6 ft. 8 Outlets 3550 joule Surge Suppressor

Thanks for reading my post! ;)
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  1. The 5870 probably will fit in that case, but it will be a tight fit; the floppy drive space will help tho. That mobo can take two 5870s, but you'll hardly need another one for quite a while and it would definitely make that case jam packed.
    This RAM is cheaper with only slightly looser timings: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 $110 And still free shipping.
    Everything else should be fine and this system will be kick ass! :D
  2. Thanks a lot for the reply, Silvune! I think I'll go for that RAM, cause I can use the extra $20. Actually, for $99.99 there's this Corsair RAM, so I might just choose that.
  3. Okay here are a few ideas to consider:

    * I like the CM 690 case. It has plenty of room and comes w/3 120mm fans (front/rear/side). Those usually cost about $10-15 each!
    COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

    * There are other RAM sticks to consider too. I like the ones listed below, because they run at stock voltages (1.5V) and the timings are okay. I don't think your going to see too much difference between these and the $127 ones you selected.
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail

    * If you stick with a single GPU selection, than the Corsair 650tx is a good buy too for $80 afer $10 MIR!!
    CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
  4. From what I've seen the only possible contender for RAM that is 1600Mhz, CAS 8, low voltage and as cheap would be this OCZ GOLD RAM $108 with $20 MIR. If you're willing to chase the rebate then this is the one to go for but that Corsair is good.
  5. I just noticed that if I didn't get the HSF and Thermal Paste, I could save around $30. Would this be worth it? I mean, aren't those things only necessary if you're OC'ing?
  6. No, you don't need the heatsink if you aren't going to overclock.
  7. Ok, here's my final build (just ordered everything a few minutes ago):

    CPU: i5 750- $149.99 (Micro Center)
    GPU: Radeon HD 5850- $309.99 (Newegg)
    Mobo: GA-P55M-UD4- $139.99 (Newegg)
    RAM: G. Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 CL7 4GB (2 X 2GB)- $109.99 (Newegg)
    PSU: Corsair CMPSU-750TX- $109.99 with $10 MIR (Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 922- $89.99 (
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 16MB Cache- $54.99 (Newegg)
    Optical: Samsung SH-S223C- $26.99 (Newegg)
    HSF: Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-GP- $28.83 (Newegg)
    Thermal Paste: Arctic Silver 5- $6.99
    Wireless: Rosewill RNX-N300X PCI Adapter- $29.99

    Total: $1047.73 (I think)

    Monitor: Asus VH236H- $199.10 (

    Ty everyone who helped :)
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