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$1500-$1700 Gaming/Productivity New Build

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January 14, 2010 1:06:39 AM

Okay, my main computer use is some gaming, the normal video watching, internet use. Im also a software developer and when I work from home is probably my most resource usage. Typically will have about 3-4 gui windows open, 2-3 IE windows, MS Word and another app or two. I have no desire to overclock or use SLI/Crossfire.

Now, I wanted to keep my budget at $1500 including monitor, but what I have is around $1700. I can certainly afford the $1700, but am wondering if its overkill for me. So my main thought where I could probably save that $200 is going with i5-750 vs i7-860, but Id love your guys opinions. Thanks in advance.

  • PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail $114.99
  • MONITOR - Hanns·G HH-281HPB Black 28" 3ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail $319.99
  • CASE - COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $99.98
  • CPU - Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz Retail $279.99
  • MOTHERBOARD - GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard w/ USB 3.0 & SATA 6 Gb/s - Retail $184.99
  • COOLING - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life Retail $29.99
  • RAM - G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Retail $116.99
  • GPU - XFX HD-585A-ZNBC Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB Black Edition 256-bit GDDR5 Retail $359.99
  • HD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Retail $54.99
  • DVD - SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model SH-S222L LightScribe Support - OEM $25.99
  • OS - Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $139
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    January 14, 2010 1:42:12 AM

    Looks great, just two notes. First, if you have no desire for an OC or Xfire, then I suggest that you get a smaller PSU as 750W is overkill. Also, OCZ has been quite cheap and right now there's a deal on with the HAF 922 case where together the case and the OCZ StealthXStream 700W is $110 after MIR. Along the same lines, if you know you aren't going to be doing Xfire then I suggest the P55A-UD3. It's basically the same, but the big difference is that there is only one PCI-E 2.0 port, which will save you around $40 or so. Other than that it looks like you've done your reading. Have fun.
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    January 14, 2010 12:23:25 PM

    Thanks mavanhel, thats exactly the advice Im looking for! Cant find that deal though?
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