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Gaming Build Critique (Core i5-750) - $800

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January 6, 2010 2:48:45 AM

Gaming Build Critique (Core i5-750) - $800

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This Month

BUDGET RANGE: $700-900

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, as needs arise in the future
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, as needs arise in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION:1280x1024 but going to upgrade in the future.

Here is what I have spec'ed out for my system after combing through several website, let me know what you guys think!

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

Mobo
MSI P55-GD65 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000) Desktop Memory Model F3-15000CL9D-4GBRH - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?nm_mc=AFC-Sl...

Video Card
MSI nVidia GeForce GTX 260 V3 896MB DDR3 2DVI PCI-Express Video Card
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?p=MSI-260GV3&c=fr&pid=61...

PSU
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case
LIAN LI Lancool PC-K7B Black Aluminum/ SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I will just pick whatever is cheap for hard disk and DVDRW :) 
January 6, 2010 2:53:42 AM

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 would be my built...i would drop downon the other stuffs a little so that i can buy a good dx11 gpu !!
this built is powerful !!!
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January 6, 2010 5:28:06 AM

tunnelrat said:
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 would be my built...i would drop downon the other stuffs a little so that i can buy a good dx11 gpu !!
this built is powerful !!!


Shouldn't you be giving his build a critique instead of posting your own build D: which is more than likely over his budget D:
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January 6, 2010 6:32:56 AM

Looks good. If you aren't going to overclock your RAM, you could go 1333/1600 sticks as your mobo will natively run them at 1600, thus not making use of the 1866 ripjaws you have listed.

Tighter timings (which is good :)  )than the one g.skills you have, with lower voltage:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Ripjaw alternatives
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

One of the top, if not the top, performing HDD at the moment. Pick this up.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Whatever DVD drive is fine :) . Make sure its SATA.

Alternatively, you could look at the 5770s. It'll run you ~$10-$20 cheaper and has newer technology, dx11, energy efficiency, and all that good jazz.
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January 6, 2010 2:12:30 PM

D11 aside, doesn't the Geforce GTX 260 offer superior performance to the Radeon 5770? From a lot of the benchmark tests I've seen, it looks like the 5850 is the card where the 5000's series performance becomes worth while. Is this wrong?
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January 6, 2010 4:46:45 PM

@real world. No, you are correct. A gtx 260 will usually perform better than a 5770. But considering his low resolution at 1280x1024, a 5770 will suffice with the added bonus of dx11, energy efficient, being cheaper etc. Also leaves the possibility adding another 5770, which in crossfire scales well, when the OP decides to get a better monitor.

GTX 260 is a good card, but as I stated in my previous post, a 5770 would also be a good investment alternative. :D 
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January 6, 2010 5:30:53 PM

vznoobie12 said:
Looks good. If you aren't going to overclock your RAM, you could go 1333/1600 sticks as your mobo will natively run them at 1600, thus not making use of the 1866 ripjaws you have listed.

Tighter timings (which is good :)  )than the one g.skills you have, with lower voltage:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Ripjaw alternatives
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

One of the top, if not the top, performing HDD at the moment. Pick this up.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Whatever DVD drive is fine :) . Make sure its SATA.

Alternatively, you could look at the 5770s. It'll run you ~$10-$20 cheaper and has newer technology, dx11, energy efficiency, and all that good jazz.


Thanks for your hard drive recommendation. For a DVD drive, I heard great things about the Samsung S223.

But anyway, so you think I might as well grab the 5770 over the GTX 260 then? OK, how about compared to the 4890? I hear a lot of discussion online of getting the 4890 because it's more powerful or the 5770 because of low power consumption and Dx11 support.
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January 7, 2010 3:55:52 AM

Yes, 4890 does perform better. Yup, 5770 has lower power consumption and dx11. Blindly, I'd say to go with a more future-proof 5770. The 4890 and 260 perform better, but that doesn't mean 5770 sucks. At your current resolution, you shouldn't have a problem with any game. Even with a new high res. 1900x1200 monitor, you'll still be fine with a single 5770, aside from running crysis on max with AA, etc. etc.

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