My p4 needs to go. I would appreciate feedback on my build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better)) BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 600-800) Before / After Rebates
I would like to order today to ensure I receive my parts by next Friday

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (e.g.: Folding@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)
Most important is a reliable and stable system as I need it for school. Gaming is important, I would like to be able to play Mass Effect 2 or anything that may come out with zero hassles.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**
Already have mouse, keyboard, monitor and Windows 7

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (e.g.:, -- to show us selection & pricing) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (e.g.: Grand Fenwick)
Found everything on

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case)
Intel has always worked well for me. I chose the EVGA board because they treated me very well when my GT6800 died. I would like to show them a little love back.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes / No / Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes / No / Maybe
Overclocking perhaps down the road. If I do, I plan on getting a CM212. Not too sure about SLI or Crossfire so I am hoping this one card will suffice for a long time.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)
1680x1050 for now. I may go to a larger monitor, but I doubt it as the one I have now works just fine

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC)
Quiet would be best, and I live in AZ so temps and dust are a concern. I need it to be stable as my P4 has been very unreliable since installing windows 7. Not good when doing schoolwork and the PC decided to restart on its own.

Here are the parts I have selected. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!!

DVD: Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe LightScribe Support - OEM 26.99

HD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive 54.99

GPU: XFX HD-585A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail 309.99

RAM: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBECO - Retail 99.99

PSU/Case Combo: OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail + OOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail 149.97

CPU/MB combo: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail + EVGA P55 FTW SLI 132-LF-E657-KR LGA1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail 387.98

This brings me at a total of 1029.91 and I will have rebates for 70 for a grand total of approx 960.00

Am I missing anything? The GPU may be overboard for my resolution, but I want it to last. Any feedback or suggestions would be highly appreciated!!
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  1. couldnt of said it better myself, i have recommended something exactly like that 56 times, and it is great. if you already have your internet adapter, then everything is good. great build :D
  2. Hi Ares,

    Thanks for the quick reply! I have been looking for parts for the past few weeks and wanted to make sure I did not overlook anything or sell myself short. This forum has been a great resource!
  3. your welcome! i was looking at it for minutes, and literally cant find anything better, and i have recommended that exact build many times to people, so great job.
  4. Well you can save some bucks by choosing a cheaper case.
    And use that money for getting an aftermarket cooler.

    And That PSU will be overkill for your system.
    A Corsair 550VX will be better if you are not looking to run multiple cards later.
  5. Hi Shubham,

    Thank you for the suggestions. I went with this case/psu combo because it is only $99 for both after MIR's. I was looking in a few different directions, but felt this was a good enough deal even if the ps is a little more than I need.
  6. Okay.
    Nice build otherwise.
    Add extra cooling whenever you wanna OC.
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