$1500 budget, Gaming, Check final config before order?

So, thinking about this as a final config:

all from newegg

cpu: i5-750 $195

mobo: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX $190

case: CM 922 $90 AR

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified $100 AR

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL $105

OS: Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M080G2XXX 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC $220
Data: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA $55

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100281SR Radeon HD 5870 $410

subtotal: $1425 + ship - $20 coupon

suggestions? look ok?


Hi everyone, really appreciate help with the details - Thanks

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: < 2-3 weeks, can wait if needed for item stock or other reason

BUDGET RANGE: 1000-1500 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games, internet/office, medical imaging, video playback

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, secondary storage/data HDD




OVERCLOCKING: Maybe - not initially

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe - not initially

MONITOR RESOLUTION: initially 1280x1024, near future 1920x1080 or 1920x1200; eventually 3 monitor setup if feasible (see third comment below)

- I'd like the system to last a 2.5-3 years as a useable gaming system. If it requires upgrades to maintain that, that's fine. Don't want to have to rebuild during that period

- any reason to spring for an lg1366 / i7 combo - xfire performance? upgrade path? In the past, I've tended to go this way and then never upgrade, thus the i5 build below.

- if the system could drive 3 monitors - probably two 24" 16:9 and a single 1280x1024 4:3 screen it would be useful due to my job

- usb 3.0 useful feature for mobo?

I've done a lot with PC components in the past, but haven't ordered parts for a totally new system. If there are things I'm missing please say so - even obvious things might not be obvious to me.

Currently considering:

CPU: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail Currently $195

Mobo: Need help - this? ASUS P7P55D LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail Currently $140

GPU: ATI HD 5850 vs 5870 - does brand matter? 5870 worth the $100 over 5850?

Case: Need help - looks not important - full tower or midtower? $100 or less would be good, up to $150-200 for a compelling reason

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail Currently $95 ? big enough

RAM: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO - Retail Currently $120

OS/Apps Storage: Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Retail Currently $300

HSF: needed for stock?

Total $1255 + ship - rebates
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  1. By medical imaging, do you simply mean "look at big pictures"?
  2. More or less :D

    Have to open series of images, generally 2-4 series per exam, each series contains several hundred to several thousand images, each image being roughly 500kb - so studies are routinely 100s mb's to gb's in size. Workstations at work are xeon something or others with 4gb ram and nvidia quadro 3xxx series. Obviously I'm not interested in doing that at home due to cost, and I'm not sure there is even a point since most of the 3d manipulation is done server side and viewed with software thin clients.

    Mostly I was wondering if there would be any advantage to >4gb ram in that setting, or there was some feature of a consumer grade video card that would be helpful.

    Also, it would be nice if a new computer could eventually support the multi monitor setup I described in the first post.

    Considering ati 5850 and 5870 - any comment on noise/heat?

    As for the rest of the computer - I think I'm going to drop the SSD for now. Are there any good alternatives to the samsung f3 spinpoint 500gbs - they're out of stock at newegg currently.

    Also, I could use some help with the motherboard. Was going to with an ASUS 1156 - not sure if there is much reason to get the ~$120ish board vs 160 vs 200 - reliability, stability would be important.

    Thanks for any input - hopefully looking to order in the next 10-14 days.

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