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I5 750 build

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February 24, 2010 8:46:05 PM

What I have:
- Chieftec A135 650W
- Gainward GTX 260 896MB

What I want to buy:
- Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
- ASRock P55 Extreme LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Anything you would change?
Which RAM would you recommend?

I am also looking for a case that's not too pricy but also not looking like it's going to fall apart in a second :) 

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February 24, 2010 8:50:50 PM

Here's my RAM suggestion.

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail $114.99

What budget range are you looking at for the case? The Antec 200 is a nice budget case. The Antec 300 is also a nice case. Cooler Master makes nice cases like the CM-690 and HAF 922. The case really comes down to personal taste and budget. It's hard to suggest a case because my taste may be completely different than yours.
February 24, 2010 9:10:27 PM

Thanks for the ram suggestion, looks good.

As for the case, I am looking for a black case with all the front connectors as high as possible and preferably without any extra leds (don't want them to disturb me if i leave the box on for the night). Would prefer not to spend more than $100 on it.

Antec 300 seems to fit that, thanks again!
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February 24, 2010 11:23:41 PM

vigvoodoo said:
This RAM is also good, a little faster timings.

$114.99 ShippedCorsair 1600 7-8-7-20 Dual Channel Kit

As for a case, I really like the look and build quality of the Cooler Master CM690 II.

$91 Shipped CM 690 II Advanced ( brother ordered this case and got it today. Fast shipping.)


+1 on the cm690 II
February 25, 2010 4:28:30 AM

vigvoodoo said:
As for a case, I really like the look and build quality of the Cooler Master CM690 II.

$91 Shipped CM 690 II Advanced ( brother ordered this case and got it today. Fast shipping.)


A few questions:
1) Is bottom mounting of the PSU gonna work with my Chieftec A135 650?
2) How much different is it from CM 690, cause it doesn't seem to be too popular in Poland yet (available in just 2 pricy places)?
3) Is the blue led in front shown on some pictures just from some custom fan or is it built-in?
February 25, 2010 5:03:15 AM

pjaroszynski said:
A few questions:
1) Is bottom mounting of the PSU gonna work with my Chieftec A135 650?


Yes, it should fit just fine.


pjaroszynski said:
2) How much different is it from CM 690, cause it doesn't seem to be too popular in Poland yet (available in just 2 pricy places)?


The CM690 offers a bit more room along with a better build quality.


pjaroszynski said:
3) Is the blue led in front shown on some pictures just from some custom fan or is it built-in?


It is a blue led fan.
February 25, 2010 1:15:55 PM

First off, many thanks for the answers!

lothdk said:
The CM690 offers a bit more room along with a better build quality.


Err, so you are saying that the older version is actually better? :) 
February 25, 2010 1:42:47 PM

One more thing, is 1600 MHz RAM going to make any difference to 1333 MHz if I don't overclock?
February 25, 2010 1:48:41 PM

You wouldn't notice the difference in everyday use. The most important thing is to get low CAS RAM. CAS 7 DDR3 1333 is the sweet spot unless you can find CAS 7 DDR3 1600 RAM for about the same price. If I had to choose between CAS 7 1333MHz RAM and CAS 9 1600MHz RAM, I would pick the CAS 7 1333MHz kit.
February 25, 2010 2:26:15 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
You wouldn't notice the difference in everyday use. The most important thing is to get low CAS RAM. CAS 7 DDR3 1333 is the sweet spot unless you can find CAS 7 DDR3 1600 RAM for about the same price. If I had to choose between CAS 7 1333MHz RAM and CAS 9 1600MHz RAM, I would pick the CAS 7 1333MHz kit.


Thanks a lot again.

I see two options:
1) G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail in a shop with crappy shipping
2) A-Data DDR3 2x2048MB Extreme Edition VITESTA 1333MHz CL7 BOX in my favourite shop
Is A-Data reasonable or should i stay away from it? Generally, which brands are safe to buy?
February 25, 2010 2:29:52 PM

Bah, i missed that A-Data is 1.75-1.85V and that's bad for a P55 board, right?
February 25, 2010 2:31:45 PM

Yup, the maximum RAM voltage supported by the CPUs onboard RAM controller is 1.65v. You don't want to buy RAM that runs over that voltage.
February 25, 2010 2:58:42 PM

Alright, thanks all for comments. Think I will go with the list below unless someone points out any remaining mistakes. Note that prices in Poland are sadly a bit different, so it might not look as the best choice price-wise on newegg.

What I want to buy:
- Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
- ASRock P55 Extreme LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
- OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1333LV4GK - Retail
- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
- COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

What I have:
- Chieftec A135 650W
- Gainward GTX 260 896MB
February 28, 2010 11:12:27 AM

One more thing, would you recommend any particular cooling for the cpu? I am not going to overclock, but i like to have it quiet... Or should the boxed solution be just fine?
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