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$1000 i5 First Build

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February 1, 2010 1:37:13 AM

BUDGET RANGE: around $1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: 3D Applications, software devolpment, gaming of course :) 




MONITOR RESOLUTION: Just something high enough to look pretty

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I work in the film and visual effects industry and sometimes do work at home, so I need a new rig that can store a large amount of data and handle a fair amount of multi-tasking. Would like to take a drive with Crysis and Diablo III too.

I have done a good amount of research but this is my first build ever, so I am definitely open to suggestions. I don't want to break the bank, but would like the box to last me 4-5 years as my current one has since 2005.


CASE: AZZA Helios 910 Steel Mid Tower Case -

CPU: Intel i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66 ghz -

CPU COOLER: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Plus -

MOTHERBOARD: Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel - *

MEMORY: 4gb Corsair 12800 1333 DDR3 2x2gb -

VIDEO CARD/OS BUNDLE: - Saphire Radeon HD 5850 1gb with Windows 7 64 bit -

HARD DRIVE: 1 TB Samsung F3 -


POWER SUPPLY: OCZ Fatal1ty 700w -

MONITOR: ASUS 24" 1920x1080 - *

Without the monitor + all rebates, the system is around = $1050

-Does this all work/compatible and look good? I am open to better&cheaper suggestions?

-I do not want to go with an Intel i7, so definitely want to stay with an i5


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February 1, 2010 2:30:34 AM

I would change out some parts

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811119137
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$15.00 Instant

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16817139005
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$30.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231276
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy

GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128412
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$5.00 Instant
Subtotal: $409.96

Grate cheep case with good air flow, Grate PSU and all you need you could even go with a 550W for a single card setup and no OCing but the price is about the same, lower CL ram with good Volts, mobo with USB 3.0, You dont really need the HSF if your not OCing Intel wont give you a POS HSF so they will have to replace the CPU

February 1, 2010 2:43:37 AM

case and ram is all i would change, just search haf 922 for the case and the new corsair 7 cas latency 4gb ram below looks new and nice

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C7 - Retail $110

/\ looks good

haf 922 or element G were my two case choices. hope this helps.