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$1600 Core i5 gaming Build.

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January 24, 2010 11:28:51 AM

Hi guys, I'm building a computer for a friend of mine and just need to check some things with you guys. Do note I'm in Singapore and all prices below are our elevated Singapore prices. The conversion rate is approximately SGD1.4 : USD1

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next Saturday BUDGET RANGE: SGD 2000~2300, I may be able to get another 5% of the price with some negotiation

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, normal media stuff, no video editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: and are more or less my sources. I got all my prices from the first site.

My Parts So Far:

Core i5 750 + Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P $581 (USB 3.0 and Sata 3 preferable)
OCZ StealthXStream 700W $175
CoolerMaster 690 (Side Window or Nvidia edition) $119 or $139
Samsung T240HD $488 (Will be half subsidized by myself)
Seagate 1TB (model not sure) $128
Sapphire HD5870 $599
OCZ PC3-10666 Platinum 1333 4GBx2 $138 x 2
W7 Home Premium $153

Total $2275

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe. A few hundred megahertz here and there. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes in the future.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: May need to ship it to America later when he moves there in September. He however cannot wait till then for a computer. It is possible the case will have to be sold off. Not sure about the power supply.

Thanks a lot guys.

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January 24, 2010 11:35:10 AM

* I like the i5 750 or AMD Phenom II x4 955 Black Edition.
* I like the Cooler Master 690 case!! Very good choice, IMHO!!
* I like the HD/Monitor/GPU!!

* I don't like the OCZ RAM. Not too sure it's quality these days, too many complaints.
* I also am not an OCZ PSU fan. I do prefer Antec/Seasonic/PCP&C/Corsair PSU's for their reliability and warranties!
* Make sure you get Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit!!

January 24, 2010 11:47:26 AM

Thanks for the vote of confidence lunyone. Much appreciated.

I guess that's why OCZ was the cheapest option. Would you or anyone have any experience with Team Xtreem or Team Elite ram? Would corsair ram be a safer bet?

I suppose I'll pick up a Seasonic X or a Corsair PSU then. How many watts should I be looking at if my friend crossfires the 5870? Is 650 enough by any chance?

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January 24, 2010 12:08:06 PM

Well if your going to crossfire 2 5870's than I would suggest the Corsair 750tx or equivalent. Make sure you have 4 x 6 pin PCI-e power connectors for the Crossfire setup, becasue it'll make things easier and that is really what your going to need for that setup.
I don't have any experience with Team Xtreem or Team Elite RAM so I can't comment on those, but like I said I like Corsair/G.Skill/Crucial brands becasue of past experiences with them. Try and make sure you get RAM that runs at stock voltage (1.5v). This will make things easier and they will generate less heat too!!
January 25, 2010 1:02:06 PM

I'll be getting some Corsair ram and PSU then. Thank you very much for your help lunyone.
January 25, 2010 1:02:21 PM

Best answer selected by A_Dying_Wren.
January 25, 2010 2:07:51 PM

YVW!! Let us know how it all works out when you get your parts.