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$1500 gaming/CAD/SSD/ubuntu first time build

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February 22, 2010 1:15:16 AM

Does this build look reasonable?

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week; tomorrow if it looks good BUDGET RANGE: $1500 w/monitor & SSD

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: 1. CAD: Google Sketchup, Player/Gazebo 2. Gaming: Mirror's Edge, 3. interwebs/coding


PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or other reputable sites

PARTS PREFERENCES: See list below. Needs SSD. Anything look like a non-optimal deal?



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I plan to run Ubuntu with Wine (switching from windows). This is my first build.

See my parts list at newegg:

1 ASUS P7H57D-V EVO LGA 1156 Intel H57 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $199.99

1 Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor $194.99

1 SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $169.99

1 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ $104.99

1 Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $299.99

1 CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply $99.99

1 ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler $39.98
1 Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound $9.99

1 Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $99.99

1 ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor $229.9
1 Rosewill RTK-002 Anti-Static Wrist Strap $5.49
1 Logitech Deluxe 250 Black USB Wired Standard Keyboard $14.99
1 LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 $26.99

I'll post pictures when this is done. finally i have the money, and ITS TIME FOR THE NEW HOTNESS. OH YEAH. Thanks!
February 22, 2010 3:40:46 AM

Does silence mean it looks good?

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February 22, 2010 4:49:49 AM

^ That is a good build...
I would suggest these changes...
1. Mobo -
The H57 are better suited for the i5/ i3 chips, which have onboard video...Instead get the P55 chipset mobo

2. RAM - There is no issue with that RAM, but this one has the newer heatsinks but same rated speeds...
If you take into account, Mail-In-Rebates, then this would be a good option...
OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) XMP-Ready Rev.2

3. SSD - Cheaper here...

4. If gaming is also one of the important usage, then I would suggest you to wait before you buy the graphics card...ATI is set to launch HD 5830 by Feb 25th...It will be as powerful as the HD 4890 + DirectX 11...It would better suit that resolution...
It will be priced around $200-$230...

5. Definetly the CPU cooler...For cheaper, you get a better cooler...

6. CASE - IMO this is a better one...
LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62
Free Shipping with promo code EMCYNZW42, ends 2/24
Or this would be very good...
CM HAF 922

Or save some money with the trimmed down version of the 900
Antec 300 Illusion
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February 23, 2010 12:10:14 AM

thanks, that helps a lot! the savings on the ssd is especially good. that is some newegg ninja-action, finding those rebates! respect.
February 23, 2010 12:12:12 AM

Best answer selected by sninctown.
February 28, 2010 4:30:24 PM

OK, i'm placing my order now...
March 22, 2010 10:27:37 AM

I built it!! Thanks for the advice!