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My first gaming build

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January 9, 2010 4:33:13 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: whenever i figure out all parts i am going to use
BUDGET RANGE: no budget in mind but around $1500
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States
PARTS PREFERENCES:
CPU-Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor $199.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115215
MOTHERBOARD-ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard..$169.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131405
RAM-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH $99.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HARDDRIVE-SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $54.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
VIDEO CARD- SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity $309.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CASE- COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $89.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119196
if i should think about a different cooler master mid-tower let me know
SOUND CARD-
POWER SUPPLY-
DVD DRIVE- SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner $31.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OVERCLOCKING: maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: either using my 58inch Samsung 1920x1080 or buying 24" Samsung 1920x1080 monitor still undecided

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: this is my first build and i am trying to put together a great gaming pc and all the help i can get would be great.if you have a different suggestion on certain choiced let me know because this is just an idea from researching a little so you tell me.i will be running windows 7

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January 9, 2010 7:40:46 AM

You have obviously been doing some reading because you have put together a very nice first build. I have just a few suggestions for you to think about.

If you live near a Microcenter store you can pickup a i750 processor for $150.

The motherboard you chose is excellent. However, for $20 more you can get the same motherboard with USB 3.0 and SATA 6 GB/s capabilities (P7P55D-E PRO). USB 3.0 will quickly become mainstream in the next 6 months, and the ASUS MB has a very good implementation with their PLX chip for USB. I think it is worth the $20, but you could always add a USB 3.0 card in the future if you decide to stick with your original choice.

Your memory, hard drive, graphics card, and case are all excellent choices.

Unless you have a specific need for a sound card, such as a DAW, the onboard sound of the ASUS P7P55D PRO system (Realtek ALC889) is excellent. You can always add a sound card later.

To keep your crossfire options open in the future, you will need at least a 650 W power supply. Some good PSUs are Antec EA650 or EA750, or Corsair 650TX or 750TX. If you want to spend a little more, some of the very best PSUs to consider are the Antec TP650 or TP750, or Corsair 650HX or 750HX. Check around for the best deals when you are about to purchase.

You should also consider adding a heat sink fan (HSF) now because it is much easier to install when the motherboard is out of the case. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 is very good, and is only $30. This HSF is much quieter than the Intel stock fan, and it will keep your CPU cool and happy.

Good luck with your build.
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January 9, 2010 7:45:25 AM

Wow, what a major case of deja vu. You should give some time or a bump if your other threads don't get answered immediately... b/c I just responded to your earlier one.

I basically suggested the same things as dpaul, save for the hyper 212+ (which I also do recommend and is within your budget).
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January 9, 2010 7:59:44 AM

vznoobie12 said:
Wow, what a major case of deja vu. You should give some time or a bump if your other threads don't get answered immediately... b/c I just responded to your earlier one.

I basically suggested the same things as dpaul, save for the hyper 212+ (which I also do recommend and is within your budget).


I did not see Scotts125 double post before I responded. You are right, the answers in his other thread are very similar to mine. I feel like I just wasted my time trying to help someone. That is frustrating.
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January 9, 2010 1:52:56 PM

bump for moew input
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January 9, 2010 1:54:01 PM

reason i made a new thread was because for some reason i couldt edit and i was up pretty late doing some research and wanted to update my post
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January 9, 2010 4:59:24 PM

CPU-Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor $199.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115215

MOTHERBOARD-ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $189.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH $99.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HARDDRIVE-SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $54.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

VIDEO CARD- SAPPHIRE 100281SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity $409.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE- COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119196

POWERSUPPLY-COOLER MASTER UCP RS700-AAAAA3 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HEATSINK- 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 $30.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD DRIVE- Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB CacheSATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive $27.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


now my new question is will it all fight in that midtower thta i have picked????
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January 9, 2010 8:57:35 PM

Hard Drives - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The WD Black 2 TB is a good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):
(http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-har...[2371]=on&prod[2770]=on)

Case PSU - Suggest Antec 900/ EA-650 combo ($179) or at least the Coolermaster Silent pro

http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E...
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