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New Builder i5 build with some reused parts for now

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January 20, 2010 11:47:16 PM

Hi folks,

I really appreciate the knowledgeable help you all provide here, thanks for your input.


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next month or so, but I can wait for sales.

BUDGET RANGE: Around $700, but will spend more for the right components.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, but top performance not necessary.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Planning to reuse:
Samsung 24 inch monitor Native 1920x1080 5ms
ATI Radeon HD 4670 (will upgrade later)
WD Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s (Will upgrade later)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel i5 750

OVERCLOCKING: Just a little, conservative about this.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Would like the option to, but probably won't.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

Would prefer a understated case, no flashy bling please. I like the stealthy look.

I'm reusing my current HD and graphics card for now which I know will limit performance until I upgrade them, but otherwise I'd like to get quality, proven components that together would provide a solid platform for later upgrades and the "future."

Not looking to include cheap components that I'll regret later, but I love a deal on quality stuff.

This will be my first build, so I'd like to avoid hard to install or tricky components.

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Here are my current ideas for components:

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$59.99 ($69.99 -$10 instant savings)


OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7
$39.99 ($89.99 - $25 is - $25 rebate)


OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1333LV4GK
$79.99 ($129.99 - $30 is, - $20 rebate)


IGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$134.99 ($139.99 - $5 is)


Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
$199.99

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM
$31.99

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
$29.99


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
$104.99


This gets me to $680 after rebates. I'll spend some more if anyone can make a compelling case to do so. Ideas for saving money are of course very welcome.

Thanks,


January 21, 2010 2:51:17 PM

That's what I would get if I had $680 :-)

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January 21, 2010 7:52:22 PM

The one thing that concerns me is the power supply is a little on the low side if you want to overclock and later add a high end graphics card like a 5850 or one of the soon to be released Nvida Fermi.
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