I5 gaming build

hi guys, i'm looking to build a new i5 system in the coming month (this will be my second build), i have an idea of what i want but i still need some help and recommendations.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next month

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, web surfing, video and audio converting

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor, and i already have one 5770 but i was hoping to xfire

PREFERRED WEBSITE FOR PARTS:, i might go to other places for the cpu cooler.

PARTS PREFERENCES: intel, i was also planning to use the i5-750

OVERCLOCKING: yes, it will be my first time overclocking, and CrossFiring

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 heres the link;

i was also very interested in solid state drives, but i don't know much about them. Would they speed up my computer if i had a small capacity one for the os in addition to my main hard drive? and since i have no idea about them, i won't include one in my "rough" build

"rough" build

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

SeaSonic S12D 850 Silver 850W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive

ASRock P55 Extreme LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor

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

SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders

XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler
not to sure about the cooler, i couldn't find anywhere to buy the scythe mugen 2s but i was reading good reviews about them.


thanks for any help and please tell me if i forgot to add anything
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  1. almost forgot, my budget is $1200 i might be willing to go a little higher if the build included a ssd
  2. What is ur old build? Do you realy need to upgrade? I mean you said you had a 5770, so it must be recent.
  3. i just got the 5770 around Christmas so that i could use it in my new build. my old build is a little over a year old, but its my family's computer and i want my own (:
  4. Best answer
    Couple of changes:

    HDD: Switch that for a Samsung Spinpoint F3 (500 GB or 1 TB). It'll be faster and all around better.

    RAM: The G.Skill Ripjaws with the same specs are cheaper.

    SSD: A SSD will make the computer SEEM faster, but won't help in actual performance much. The computer will boot super fast and start programs really fast. However, the cheapest useful size is nearly $300 (80 GB). So they're extremely expensive right now. You would basically put the OS and frequently used programs on them.
  5. Meh, SSD's a a terrible investment like ^ said. They will be outdated fast, or just break.
  6. alright, no SSD.
    but with the ram, i'm still lost. should i be looking for speed, timings, or both?
  7. Price.
  8. Timings first, speed second, price last.

    Timings should be 7-7-7-x, speed 1600 mhz. G.Skill's Ripjaws are an excellent choice, as they're the cheapest without losing quality.
  9. alright, on those premises a came up with these three in addition to the original ram which had 7-8-7-20 timings

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB

    OCZ Platinum 4GB

    Patriot Viper 4GB
  10. These G.Skills are cheaper.

    OCZ has some problems with getting their sticks to run at the advertised settings. I think it's worth the little extra to get the G.Skills.
  11. alright i think i'll go with the more expensive g.skills as i will still be under budget.
  12. how about the motherboard, that was kind of a shot in the dark. i pretty much just went by ratings on newegg, does it look good?
  13. It's a good budget board.
  14. what about the new p55a boards with the new usb and sata standards, would it be better to get one of them?
  15. Yes, but you'd also pay a lot more. The best Crossfire and USB 3/SATA III board is the Asus P7P55D-E Pro at $190. The Gigabyte boards will actually disable USB 3/SATA III if you Crossfire.
  16. well, adding the usb 3 board still wouldn't put me over $1200....
  17. I forgot you were under budget by a bit...

    Then go ahead and stick it in the build.
  18. yay!
  19. I have no idea. Get the cheaper one...
  20. The second one, ASUS P7H57D-V EVO LGA 1156 Intel H57 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail, has integrated graphics on the board. That's it.
  21. On newegg it also lists different onboard sound codecs.
  22. Best answer selected by wardy22.
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