Hoping for advice on an i5 build -- Approx. $1200 budget

Hoping for advice on an i5 build -- Approx. $1200 budget


Usage: Gaming, Software Development, Office Apps
Budget Range: $1000 - $1300
O/S: Windows 7 Professional 64bit
Parts Not Required: video card (have 4830), Monitors, Storage Drives (have 2, one TB)
Monitor Resolution: 1680 x 1050 (main) and 1280x1024 (second)
Overclocking: No

Intel I5 661
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115217&cm_re=661-_-19-115-217-_-Product

Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3R LE 1156
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128401&Tpk=ga-p55-ud3r

8 GB memory
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227478&cm_re=ocz_pc3-10666-_-20-227-478-_-Product

Intel X-25M 80GB
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167016&cm_re=X-25M-_-20-167-016-_-Product

NZXT Lexa S Crafted Series Black Steel Mid Tower Case
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146060&cm_re=Lexa-_-11-146-060-_-Product

Antec EarthWatts 650 ($95)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015&cm_re=earthwatts-_-17-371-015-_-Product


Specific Question (but general advice definitely welcome)
- If I am not overclocking is there any need to get a CPU cooler than the one that comes with the CPU?

Any advice is appreciated. Thank you.
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  1. first off, wrong mobo. it is p55, and you need an h55, of which there are like 10, which brings me to my next point. bad cpu. it cost 10$ more than the i5 750, and doesnt perform as well. i would get this build:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.319612

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.314199

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220456

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231318 x2

    this is better, and your ssd isnt bad (are any of them :lol: ) but it has kinda slow write speeds, so i recommend this one over that one, but either is fine. final price is 879.93, so you could crossfire your 4830, or sell the 4830, and get a 5770.
  2. Thanks for the (quick) advice. I was looking at i5 750 before but I suppose I got sucked in by a simple numbers comparison (32nm vs 45nm and lower wattage for 32nm). I'm very paranoid about heat in a system. I usually buy my graphics cards in-between new systems ( every 1.5 years vs. every 2.5 yrs for a system) so that's why I was sticking with the 4830 and then buying whatever is around $150 next fall.
  3. well i have no problem with them, but its too new, there are like 10 mobos, and the i5 is still pretty low heat/wattage.
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