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February 26, 2010 10:30:38 PM

I am planning on buying the parts for my first build and I am hoping to get a decent gaming rig going for me.
So far I have what I think will be good but I am looking for suggestions
Also, I am currently buying a cheap graphic card and waiting for the nvidia fermi to come out and hopefully up grade to that.

So far I have selected:

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 compatible 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C8
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WW Black/Silver Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and this is my short term graphics card MSI N250GTS Twin Frozr 1G GeForce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have opted for the i5 over the i7 because I don't feel I will need hyperthreading and I don't plan on ever using more than 2 graphics cards.

I would prefer a modular power supply if anyone has some good suggestions.

I plan on doing some minor overclocking to start as I have no experience in that.

I plan on spending between 800-900 without including the graphics card(s).

I would also like recommendations on keyboards and a mouse. currently I own a razor mouse but do not own a keyboard.

as for my monitor I simply use hdmi to connect to my 720p tv but plan on getting a monitor by the end of this year, towards Christmas.

I will look into any suggestions or advice people have so thanks a lot.
February 26, 2010 10:50:51 PM

1. Stay away from Gigabyte USB 3 / SATA II MoBos. Gigglybyte MoBos cripple SATA II / USB 3 speeds in half when adding 2nd GFX card

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/usb-3.0-performance...

2. Modular Smodular :)  - A fully modular PSU is kinda useless....unless you are ever going to have a situation where no wires from the PSU will be plugged into anything, what's the point ? "Hybrid Modular" PSU's have all "necessary" cables hard wired and all optional cables as modular.....best of both worlds.

3. 750 seems a bit big.....650 is way more than enough for any single GFX card setup

650 watt power supplies. For comparison purposes , the list below contains performance ratings (10 scale) at jonnyguru.com / prices as per newegg on 02/26/2010 and ones w/ double asteris (**) made it onto silentpcreview.com's Editor's Choice List:


Antec Signature 650W (10.0) OOS **
Seasonic X-650 650W (10.0) $160 **
Silverstone Olympia OP650 (10.0) NFS

Thermaltake Toughpower QFan 650W (9.5) NLA

Antec Earthwatts EA650 650W (9.0) $75

Antec True Power Trio 650W (7.5) NLA

XFX XPS 650W XXX Edition Power Supply (7.0) NFS

Antec NeoPower Blue 650W (6.5) NLA

BFG BFGR650PSU 650W (6.0) NLA

NorthQ Black Magic Flex 650W PSU (5.0) NFS

NFS - Not For Sale / NLA = No Longer Available / OOS - Out of Stock
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February 26, 2010 10:54:35 PM

I only recomended 750 because he said that he said the max he would ever use is two cards and soo if he plans on only running one card i would agree a 650 watt is an excellent choice
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February 26, 2010 11:04:20 PM

To my mind, it's either an 850 or a 650 watter .....twin 295's or 5970's require an 850.

Twin 5870's requires only 600 watts (conservative rating from ATI)

http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/ati-rad...

two 5870's draw 190 watts
two GTS 250's draw 134 watts

Though yes, if it was me ..... who thinks twin GPU cards like the 5970 in Xfire or SLI ... I'd do 850.
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February 26, 2010 11:09:25 PM

Yes I do agree 750 watt is kind of a odball wattage nowadays but one thing to note is that his GTS 250 is only a place holder card until he can get a GTX480 and since noone has any idea what that will draw I took him up to 750 for safetys sake but I would agree that if it is in the budget a move up to a 850 watt power supply if he plans on SLIing two top of the line cards may be a safe choice since noone knows, except mabye Jen-Hsun Huang, what those cards will draw
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February 26, 2010 11:10:13 PM

well I only plan on doing two graphic cards if I don't get a new nvidia model, which I really want to, in which case I will do twin 5870's. I wouldn't do twin 295's so I guess I can go with a 650. However, will that hold up after some overclocking?
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February 26, 2010 11:50:56 PM

Aloid said:
http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp enter your projected parts in there and see what you get

using this I got 640w at maximum overclock with dual hd 5870's at 100% cpu utilization and 100% system load, just saw about capacity lost after a year of 24/7 usage and it goes up to 800 after I added this in, so it looks like 850 then
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