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[Solved] Need help finishing my i5 build

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January 28, 2010 8:57:59 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Immediately

BUDGET RANGE: $300, cheaper the better

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, FRAPS(recording gameplay) general use, basic programming(html, flash, etc), a bit of photo editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, mouse, keyboard, OS, Case, PSU, HDD, CPU, GPU, Optical

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, doesn't really matter

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: California, USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: N/A as long as they are respectable

OVERCLOCKING: maybe, probably just going to use the turbo setting

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: yes in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: looking for suggestions for a mobo and RAM

Case: Antec 902
PSU: Corsair CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint f3 500gb
CPU: i5-750 Lynnfield 2.6 ghz
GPU: HD 5770

was looking at this for a mobo and this for RAM

Open to any suggestions especially on the RAM, only real reason i'm interested in it is the price :D 

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January 28, 2010 9:10:57 AM

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD4
Price: 134.99
Best budget 1156 board out there in my opinion. Supports x8x8 cf, Gigabyte quality. Only downside is the matx factor, but 1156's lack of northbridge negates alot of the heat issues that other chipsets have. I looked very hard at this board.

RAM: G.Skill 2x2GB Ripjaws 9-9-9-24-2T 1600
Price: 84.99
Not exactly performance champs, but the price is right and G.Skill has made a name for itself in quality. I really wouldn't worry much about the speed, it's been shown pretty conclusively that the performance benefits of topshelf ram vs slower less expensive ram is negated to all but benchmarks.

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Don't bother with the P7P55D LE. It's quite misleading as newegg has it listed as CrossfireX support. What they're referring to is a single pcb with dual gpus (ie 5970) This board only supports a single x16 card. The second mechanical x16 is rated at x4 electrical speeds.
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January 28, 2010 12:42:36 PM

I agree DONT go with the P7P55D-LE.

I recommend the P7P55D-E Pro worked Perfectly the first time, and has a very nice bios also comes with a good variety of software that could be helpful, though its a bit more expensive.

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January 28, 2010 12:52:11 PM

ASUS P7P55D-E PRO $190 (This will give you the required XFire support and has the SATA III/USB 3.0 ports)

G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB (2x2GB) 10666CL8D $109

So this comes to $299 before taxes/shipping, which would put you a bit over $300. The PRO is a great board and has all the features you need. There is probably cheaper RAM out there, but G.SKILL is a great company and these are good sticks of RAM. If you can affort the extra $30 (or so) then definitely go for this.
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January 28, 2010 11:07:58 PM

Went ahead and got the p7p55D-E PRO and went with CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB DDR3 PC10666 1333MHZ memory actually got it as a combo with the i5-750 seeing as I hadn't actually bought the CPU yet so I got them fairly cheap.
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