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January 31, 2010 7:46:26 PM

I am just checking for compatibility on all the parts and any suggestions anyone may have for my first build. Thanks for looking it over.

Main Usage: Gaming

Case - COOLER MASTER HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case Fans - 200 mm & 120 mm made by Cooler Master
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Probably unnecessary, but I feel better about having the additional fans

CPU - Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz
Motherboard - ASUS P7P55D PRO
Combo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU Heatsink - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply - OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V
Hard Drive - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Combo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card - SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Burner -Sony Optiarc Black SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Additions - ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total Price with shipping - $1071.99 with an extended one year warranty on the HD 5850

My main questions are as follows:

Is everything compatible? I believe it is, but I just want a second opinion.

Am I missing anything that could be switched for something better that is around the same value?

Is the extended warranty on the video card worth it the additional 30 dollars? Is it switched without hassle is my real question?

Will this system last me for around 3-4 years for max setting gaming at 1900x1200 resolution? I would be willing in the future to buy another HD 5850 to crossfire in the future.




January 31, 2010 8:00:55 PM

Hi newcomwer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

1- Yea, everything is compatible.

2- I would change the RAM and the case. The RAM have a CL 9, that isn't good, try to get a CL7 or CL8. The case is a mid tower, is good, but maybe a full tower case with extra space isn't bad.

3- $30, IMO is very good.

4- Maybe for 2 or max 3 years.
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January 31, 2010 8:04:10 PM

Honestly if you're wanting a system to last for 3-4 years at max gaming settings, you're going to want to spend a little more and go with 1366 socket, and maybe just a tad more video card for that resolution. I'd recommend a 5870, then crossfire another one down the road when they're $100

You'd also be able to get trichannel ddr3. Oh and I recommend the 1TB F3, it has double the cache.

Everything else looks solid, but if you go with 1366, I'd recommend something with USB 3.0 and Sata 6gb, like the Asus P6X58D Premium. It's the best nextgen mobo for the money IMO.

Also, if you're wanting to have the crossfire option open, I'd recommend a Corsair 850tx


EDIT: Regarding the post above mine, the 922 is pretty much the same demensions as a full tower, give or take an or two on one of the demensions. It's plenty big for ANY components, trust me.

EDIT2: Also worth mentioning, don't bother with extended warranties on vid cards. Just buy an XFX, they have a double lifetime warranty. On newegg it said "double lifetime warranty", on the box it says "5 year", so either way you're never going to be left with a dead card.
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January 31, 2010 8:36:26 PM

I switched the ram to:

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Specs:
Brand G.SKILL
Series Ripjaws Series
Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
Type 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
Tech Spec
Capacity 4GB (2 x 2GB)
Speed DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Cas Latency 7
Timing 7-8-7-24-2N
Voltage 1.65V
ECC No
Buffered/Registered Unbuffered
Multi-channel Kit Dual Channel Kit
Heat Spreader Yes
Features Specifically Designed to compatible with Intel Core i5 and Core i7 for Intel P55 motherboard
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January 31, 2010 8:43:40 PM

bkhollan said:
I switched the ram to:

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Specs:
Brand G.SKILL
Series Ripjaws Series
Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
Type 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
Tech Spec
Capacity 4GB (2 x 2GB)
Speed DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Cas Latency 7
Timing 7-8-7-24-2N
Voltage 1.65V
ECC No
Buffered/Registered Unbuffered
Multi-channel Kit Dual Channel Kit
Heat Spreader Yes
Features Specifically Designed to compatible with Intel Core i5 and Core i7 for Intel P55 motherboard


That's better. Good election.

I have a TT V9 and is really good, and for the price is better.
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