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[i5 $1400 gaming build] compatibility check & suggestions

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January 18, 2010 3:44:47 AM

CPU: Intel Core i5 750 Quad Core Processor Lynnfield LGA1156 2.66GHZ
https://www.bestdirect.ca/products/220425/BX80605I5750/... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$210

Mobo: Gigabyte P55A-UD4P ATX LGA1156 P55 DDR3 2PCI-E RAID GBLAN CrossFireX SLI
https://www.bestdirect.ca/products/223282/GA-P55A-UD4P/... ~~~~~~~~~~~~$190

Ram: OCZ OCZ3P1333LV4GK 4GB DDR3 2X2GB DDR3-1333 PC3-10666 CL 7-7-7-20
https://www.bestdirect.ca/products/219851/OCZ3P1333LV4G... ~~~~~~$110

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB SATA2 7200RPM 32MB
https://www.bestdirect.ca/products/225675/HD103SJ/Samsu... ~~~~~~~$100

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 Vapor-X 860MHZ 1GB 1.2GHZ GDDR5
https://www.bestdirect.ca/products/224621/11163-00-20R/... ~~~~~~~~~~~$194

PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 700W ATX12V 20/24PIN Active PFC ATX
https://www.bestdirect.ca/products/216767/OCZ700SXS/OCZ... ~~~~~~~$79

Case: Thermaltake Element G Mid Tower ATX Case
https://www.bestdirect.ca/products/217599/VL10001W2Z/TH... ~~~~~~~~~$124

Monitor: Acer S243HL Bmii 24IN Ultraslim Widescreen LCD Monitor 1920X1080 LED Backlit 8000000:1 2MS
https://www.bestdirect.ca/products/222879/ET.FS3LP.001/... ~~~~~~~~~~~$307

with tax and shipping all together it comes to $1,421.94


Two things I am still not decided with are mobo and ram.
Is this mobo any good for the rest of parts that I am getting? I did some research but still not sure whether the Gigabyte P55A-UD4P is good or not.

Another is about the rams, there are two to choose from and I don't know which one would give me more power.

OCZ OCZ3P1333LV4GK 4GB DDR3 2X2GB DDR3-1333 PC3-10666 CL 7-7-7-20 -$110
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/219851/OCZ3P1333LV4GK...

G.SKILL F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM Ripjaws 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL7-8-7-24 $114
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/221141/F3-12800CL7D-4...


any suggestions or comments will be really appreciated. Thanks guys~! :D 
January 18, 2010 6:04:44 AM

You will probably get more out-of-box performance from the G.Skill ram. Compatability looks good. Don't forget to add a DVD burner in there if you don't have one. :) 

Mobo looks great. USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s, etc.
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January 18, 2010 11:22:49 AM

Mobo: The Asus P7P55D-E Pro is about the same price, but doesn't disable USB 3/SATA III when Crossfired. With a 1920x monitor, you're definitely going to want to Crossfire eventually.

Case: What price is the HAF 922? It should be in that range, and it's one of the best.

Other than that, it looks good.
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January 18, 2010 4:24:05 PM

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Mobo: The Asus P7P55D-E Pro is about the same price, but doesn't disable USB 3/SATA III when Crossfired. With a 1920x monitor, you're definitely going to want to Crossfire eventually.


I see, I will change my ram and mobo to gskill and asus p7p55d-e.

As of the case, I really like the look of this one so I'll probably stick to this.

Also, I found this GPU for $30 cheaper, was wondering if there would be any downside for getting this one.
Powercolor Radeon HD 5770 PCs 875MHZ 1GB 4.9GHZ -$167
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/225040/AX5770%201GBD5...

Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 Vapor-X 860MHZ 1GB 1.2GHZ GDDR5 -$194
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/224621/11163-00-20R/S...

thanks again,
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January 18, 2010 8:04:22 PM

I was curious what that was about. Heavent heard of that on a mobo before... weeeak.
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January 19, 2010 5:23:28 PM

Um curious, why best buy instead of newegg?

Powercolor is a lesser known ATI GPU maker. Never used em before so no idea of their quality/customer service (hence the lower price).
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January 19, 2010 5:37:42 PM

Your math doesn't add up, your current build is $1314, not $1421, unless the diff is tax and shipping o.O that's a lot.

Either way, if you buy those components, minus the Spinpoint and element G on newegg.ca, swap the monitor for a cheaper one with same specs, you save $76, and have $45 worth of Mail in rebates.

Same parts cept specified changes.


monitor - Same specs and size for $100 cheaper.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

GPU
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

PSu
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

RAM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

MOBO Changed, this to the Asus, which doesn't have neutered PCIE like the gigabyte.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CPU
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

total $1013.94 before $45 MIR and shipping.

add in another $224 for HD and Case from bestbuy and it's

$1237.94 before Tax, $45 MIR and shipping. Not sure if newegg.ca charges tax, doesn't here in the US cept for a few states.
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January 26, 2010 3:17:10 AM

thanks guys,

I should've posted something up earlier, but I placed my order, received it, built my desktop, and now I am on it :D  . Here's my explanation for ordering at bestdirect.ca: 1) they provided me free shipping for ordering more than $500.
2) Due to weird Canadian tax law, I (living in Ontario) didn't have to pay full 13? 14?% tax but only 7%. So I saved a lot of money in that too.
3) You guys are right about newegg.ca having some parts for cheaper prices, but when I compared prices from each site, bestdirect.ca would give me a better total price.
Last) my math is wrong :na:  yea i had ordered some accessories for my iphone but wasn't included on that list.

Again, Thanks guys if it wasn't for you it wouldn't have been possible to build my comp. ;) 
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