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January 20, 2010 3:23:32 AM

Ok, so a little background. I got a girlfriend, got her pregnant, got married, now have 3 kids. Well it's now 4 years later and I can finally spend money and build myself another computer. Please can you all give me some constructive feedback on my build so far. The only thing that I do not need are hard drives, although I am considering an SSD for my boot drive.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Early March BUDGET RANGE: 2000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Game on!

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Hard Drives, although I might consider an SSD for boot drive

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Here's the tricky part. I am Military and stationed in Okinawa Japan. I can get most of the parts here, but with the yen exchange rate i end up paying more than the shipping from the states, so I guess Newegg is where it's at:) 

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel all the way

OVERCLOCKING: Hellz yeah

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I prefer as quiet a PC as possible while still provided adequate cooling. I considered the Corsair 800D but the price is a little steep. I also considered the Whisper case but i'm not sure about the cooling on that one.

Case: COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC $179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P $184.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor: Intel Core i5-750 $199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: SAPPHIRE 5970 $649.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 104.99
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/Homebuilt-Systems/new...

Power Supply: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro 700W $119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: LITE-ON Black SATA CD/DVD Burner $23.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: ASUS VW266H Black 25.5 $289.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard/Mouse: Logitech Cordless EX 100 RF Wireless Standard Keyboard and Mouse $30.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50 $77.89
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Miscellaneous power cable extensions because of the big case. Just in case it doesn't reach. $14.98

Total build = 1872.78

Thank you very much for helping me out. I am really having a difficult time deciding and have changed this wish list about 20 times in the last couple of weeks.













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January 20, 2010 11:28:03 AM

You've got some great parts, I do have some pretty major concerns though.

5970..
Here is impossible >. .< Here's the likelihood of finding a 5970.
Also while a P55 will run a single 5970 fine, don't plan on adding another gpu, ever.

CM 700w. For the same price you can have a Corsair or SeaSonic 850w. Both are better psus.

Everything about this build screams 1366, I don't have an issue with 1156, and suggest it often. But if you're going for quality over value then I'd be hard pressed to pass up a i7-920 X58 build.

If you do end up going that route, drop the H50. Great cooler for 1156, but it kills circulation of airflow around the cpu. Not a great idea with 1366 and its hot northbridge.

You might also consider the Cosmos-S over the 1000. It has much better airflow, and a side intake fan, which if you do find a 5970 would be recommended.
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January 20, 2010 12:16:39 PM

p55ibexpeak said:
Didn't know newegg ships to MPO. Good for 'em. I don't know why some sellers treat you guys like secondary citizens.

2 things I'd change out are the mobo & psu:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



That motherboard is a good choice for future proofing. I think I'll go with it. Thanks for the suggestion. Newegg finally ships over hear but it's wicked expensive. They want close to $230 to ship all the parts. I am going to try and find a few if the parts over here if I can get a good price.
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January 20, 2010 12:26:59 PM

a4mula said:
You've got some great parts, I do have some pretty major concerns though.

5970..
Here is impossible >. .< Here's the likelihood of finding a 5970.
Also while a P55 will run a single 5970 fine, don't plan on adding another gpu, ever.

CM 700w. For the same price you can have a Corsair or SeaSonic 850w. Both are better psus.

Everything about this build screams 1366, I don't have an issue with 1156, and suggest it often. But if you're going for quality over value then I'd be hard pressed to pass up a i7-920 X58 build.

If you do end up going that route, drop the H50. Great cooler for 1156, but it kills circulation of airflow around the cpu. Not a great idea with 1366 and its hot northbridge.

You might also consider the Cosmos-S over the 1000. It has much better airflow, and a side intake fan, which if you do find a 5970 would be recommended.


I like the Cosmis S but the 1000 is much quieter. I have tried to pick an X58 1366 board and CPU but it sends me over my budget. I would prefer a 1366 just for the possibility of dual graphics and the hexicore when it comes out, but I have a hard time believing intel is going to let 1156 die anytime soon. I have gone back and forth between the 5870, 5970 and 2 5850's but I can never decide what's best. The 5870 is the cheapest option of the three but the lowest performer compared to a 5970 or 2 5850's. I'm sure when Nvidia launches their new cards I will really be at a loss as to which vCard to choose.
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January 20, 2010 12:48:22 PM

Don't get me wrong, I love the Cosmos' design. Have you considered an Antec p193. It's all but silent, and offers great cooling. Again, not a huge deal if you stick with 1156, but if you do find yourself going to 1366 it's worth consideration.

How about 1 5870 now, and another 5870 if you ever need it (price will drop). As it stands a single 5870 can handle everything you can throw at it on a single monitor, and even pushes 3x 24" 1920x3600 in Eyefinity mode with little problem.

I wouldn't bank on seeing the Fermi anytime soon.

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January 20, 2010 1:12:52 PM

That's a great case. I will be going with that one for sure. I haven't even considered mid tower because of the size of the 5870 and 5970. They look like they would fit fine in the P193. Thanks for helping me out:) 
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January 20, 2010 1:21:42 PM

Um, if you're not buying till early march you can get advice about good parts now, but come back end of February so we can give you the best deals, since these change almost daily.
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January 20, 2010 10:26:09 PM

i'm actually buying half the parts (first $1000) next month and the other half the first week or March. I know things change daily but what i have now really won't change all that much in 30 days. Hopefully the price will go down on a couple parts, or newer parts come available for around the same price.
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January 21, 2010 12:14:27 PM

Didn't know Okinawa has computer parts for sales. I always though it was a tiny island with a low population. You might wanna check out Den-Den Town in Osaka, even though I don't think they have as wide a selection of parts as those in Akihabara, Tokyo. I'm sure Japan has quite a bit of foreigners and probably an online forum. You might wanna check out those forums and ask around.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nipponbashi
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akihabara
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