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I5 Build. 1 Month Purchase

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January 28, 2010 12:36:15 AM

First time builder. I have been trying to build for years, but I've never had the extra cash to actually get the first step going so I can build something to upgrade in the future. Just got a refund and have really began to focus myself career wise so I know what I want it to do.

Basically I want to:
- Keep it < $1500
- Run Programs such as Photoshop, Maya, Flash, Eclipse (Computer Scientist focusing in 3D and Mobile Development)
- Some Gaming. Probably going to not be playing too much right now but when DIII hits I will most likely be there and I want my Computer to be there to.
- Purchase within a month
- Get the most Price vs Performance
- Having a hard time choosing between i7 and i5 so I would like some opinions please.
- Know if my psu watts are good.
- Thanks for all the input.



Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
$69.99 -$10.00 Instant $59.99


ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
$169.99


XFX HD-489X-ZSFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
$199.99


CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ... -
$119.99 -$30.00 Instant $89.99


Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail
$199.99

G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBECO -
$109.99


SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$54.99
(Might get Two)

LITE-ON SK-1788/BS 2-Tone PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard - Retail
$6.99


LG W2353V-PF Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Full HD 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
$229.95 -$10.00 Instant $219.95


LITE-ON DVD Writer - Bulk - Black SATA Model iHAS224-06 LightScribe Support - OEM
$25.99


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


Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
$9.99

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ...
$29.99



Total: $1,282.83

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January 28, 2010 2:25:59 AM

I have a lot of similar/identical components and really like them. Just a few comments:

DVD Burner: I had bad luck with a Lite-On burner (very bad vibration) so I went with Samsung ever since (and have had 5-6 good drives). not a big deal as I am sure that was just bad luck on my part. Get whichever looks best to you.

Keyboard: The entry level Logitech keyboards really impressed me (they are very cheap as well) (just another to consider/look at).

PSU is great.

i5 vs i7 is really a discussion of hyperthreading or not. Only programs that really heavily load 4+ cores will get a benefit from the i7. Personally, I'd put the money saved from the i7 to upgrade the GPU to a 5850. Two things that gets you are better gaming and lower idle wattage (and lower max perhaps as well) compared to the 4890.

Great looking build. Please ask any other questions.
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January 31, 2010 9:44:16 PM

Good to hear. I've changed out that gpu to the 5850 I like the benchmarks and reviews of it so with the money saved with i5 I'll be going with that.

Also I forgot to mention that I really will need a wireless connection I saw a couple of adapters and cards on newegg but I'm not really too familar on what is good or not. Any feedback on this would be great.
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February 1, 2010 12:20:45 AM

I can't help much on the wireless unfortunately, as I mostly use wired. When I do use wireless, I normally go one notch up from the bottom (in other words, not the cheapest) and it seems to work. What are you planning to do with this connection, just basic web surfing or games or large data transfers, etc.?
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February 1, 2010 6:17:40 PM

I would like the wireless to connect well enough for gaming and web surfing. I'm in a college house so my room may not be near the router. Wireless is an absolute must. I am just confused as to whether I should get one of the 20-25$ antennas or a card...
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February 1, 2010 9:30:07 PM

Also an update on parts:


COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
$109.98 -$20.00 Instant $89.98


ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
$189.99

SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
$309.99 -$10.00 Instant $299.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ... -
$119.99 -$30.00 Instant $89.99

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail
$199.99

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C8 - Retail
$109.99 -$5.00 Instant $104.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$54.99

LITE-ON SK-1788/BS 2-Tone PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard - Retail
$6.99

LG W2353V-PF Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Full HD 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
$229.95 -$10.00 Instant $219.95

SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model SH-S222A - OEM
$24.99

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

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
$9.99

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long
$29.99

Total: $1,426.82

Just need the input on wireless card and I should be all set to order...
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