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I5 $1300 b u i l d mobo help!

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January 17, 2010 3:41:29 PM

Hey guys, I'm trying to build a desktop for the first time with i5 CPU. I still do not know which motherboard to get and not really sure if these parts I've looked are good. This will be used for Warcraft3, HD movies and internet.

Monitor:Acer S243HL Bmii 24IN Ultraslim Widescreen LCD Monitor 1920X1080 LED Backlit 8000000:1 2MS VGA 2HDMI ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$306

CPU: Intel Core i5 750 Quad Core Processor Lynnfield LGA1156 2.66GHZ 8MB Cache ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$209

Ram: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBECO - Retail ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$118

Case:Thermaltake Element G Mid Tower ATX Case Black 3X5.25 7X3.5INT Front USB Audio No PSU ~~~~~~~~~~~~$79

Heatsink: Tuniq CR-T120-EX-BK 120mm Magnetic Fluid Dynamic Bearing Tower 120 Extreme CPU Cooler - Retail ~~~~~~~~~~~$66

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB SATA2 7200RPM 32MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM ~~~~~~~~~~~~$99

VGU:SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VXL Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail ~~~~~~~~~~~~$176

PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 700W ATX12V 20/24PIN Active PFC ATX Power Supply 120MM Fan Black Technology/ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$79

total without a motherboard ~ $1132

1)I do not know what to do for motherboard. I don't plan on crossfiring but overclocking my cpu. (,, or please)

2)Are these parts compatible to each other? I think they are but I don't trust myself, so can anyone check?

Thanks guys,

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January 17, 2010 5:12:59 PM

1. If you're sure that you don't plan on crossfiring in the future, then I suggest a P55A-UD3
It's as future-proof as you can expect, without paying more for a mobo with multiple x16 slots for SLI/CFX (which you stated you weren't interested in), due to SATA 6gb/s and USB 3.0.

A couple other suggestions if I may.
Nothing against Tuniq's Tower 120 extreme, but you'll find similar performances (if not better) with a CM Hyper 212+, saving you ~$36

The link to your PSU is broken but that's actually a good price. I'll simply state that if you find something cheaper with less wattage (500w-550w), then that would be enough considering how energy efficient 5770s are. I should also note that a 500-550w PSU from a reputable brand would be ideal: Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, etc. etc.
January 17, 2010 6:47:41 PM

I will change my heatsink to the one you mentioned, but I think I will stick to my power, couldn't really find a good deal.

Do you have any other suggestions other than P55A-UD3? I don't think SATA6gb and USB3 will be much of a use for me for next two three years.