Need advice on New System Build

Looking at building one of these two systems in the next month (waiting on Tax Return).

Looking for opinions on builds and which is preferable for mostly gaming and general internet stuff.

Trying to stay right at around $900 US not including shipping.

--General--

Case - Antec 300 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

Case Fans X2 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835168006

HDD - Western Digital 250GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136113

DVD - SAMSUNG Black 22X http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151175

Video - Radeon HD 5770 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150447

Compound - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007

---Intel---

CPU - i5-750 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215

CPU Fan - ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134

MoBo - BIOSTAR TP55 LGA 1156 Intel P55 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138161

Mem - Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104140

PS - Eagle Tech ET-PSVTX550E-BK http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817193069

---AMD---

CPU - X4 955 Black Edition Deneb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

CPU Fan - Rosewill RCX-ZAIO-92 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835200056

MoBo - GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128378

Mem - Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220286

PS - RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152036

Which one would be better for a 2yr upgrade pattern? The Intel MoBo I was not sure about, but spec wise seems the best bang for buck, I always build for SLI but never end up doing it so figured I could lose the second PCI slot.

Current System is an E8400 stock fan O.C. to 3.6; ASUS P5N-D LGA 775; CHAINTECH GSE96GT; 4 GB Mushkin Enhanced Silverline DDR2 800 (PC2 6400); stuffed into an Antec 300 with a SunBeam 750 Watt
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  1. I would do something like this and use your case

    Or you could keep your E8400 ram and mobo and get the other parts in the build and upgrade the mobo CPU and ram @ a latter time, your CPU still is a good gaming CPU, and that would free up some money to get a HD 5870 that would be grate @ a rez of 1920x1200

    quantity of item 1


    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822148395
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    -$5.00 Instant


    $59.99
    $54.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395
    select item 2 quantity of item 2


    ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

    ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    Item #: N82E16813131402
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card13-131-402

    $119.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131402
    select item 3 quantity of item 3


    Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC

    Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE ... - Retail
    Item #: N82E16817371021
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    -$50.00 Instant


    $129.99
    $79.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371021
    select item 4 quantity of item 4


    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820231278
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy



    $114.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231278
    select item 5 quantity of item 5

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm
    Sony Optiarc DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model AD-7241S-0B LightScribe Support

    *

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ... - Retail
    Item #: N82E16835103065
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    *

    Sony Optiarc DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model AD-7241S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827118032
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    Protect Your Investment (expand for options27-118-03220|hide options27-118-03220)

    Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan

    The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info27-118-0322.0.18)
    o 1 year: $6.99
    o 2 year: $11.99

    -$10.00 Combo


    $64.98
    $54.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.343531
    select item 6 quantity of item 6

    XFX HD-585A-ZNBC Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB Black Edition 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX

    *

    XFX HD-585A-ZNBC Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB Black Edition 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported ... - Retail
    Item #: N82E16814150454
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy

    *

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX - Retail
    Item #: N82E16819103808
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy

    -$20.00 Instant
    -$27.00 Combo


    $519.98
    $472.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.325753
    Subtotal: $897.92
  2. dauntlless said:


    Drop the extra case fans, they are likely to be abnoxiously loud.

    The Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB is only $10 more.


    dauntlless said:


    Cooler Master 212 Plus is a superior cooler at a cheaper price.

    Personal choice, but I would spend a bit more and get an ASUS or Gigabyte motherboard.

    I would not trust my equipment to that PSU.


    dauntlless said:


    I do not believe that cooler is a good match for the CPU.

    Again, get a quality PSU for your PC, this is not the place to skimp on quality.


    dauntlless said:

    Which one would be better for a 2yr upgrade pattern? The Intel MoBo I was not sure about, but spec wise seems the best bang for buck, I always build for SLI but never end up doing it so figured I could lose the second PCI slot.

    Current System is an E8400 stock fan O.C. to 3.6; ASUS P5N-D LGA 775; CHAINTECH GSE96GT; 4 GB Mushkin Enhanced Silverline DDR2 800 (PC2 6400); stuffed into an Antec 300 with a SunBeam 750 Watt


    What upgrades would you be doing within the next two years? If CPU then go with the AMD, any other upgrades would be equal for both systems, the Intel have a stronger CPU, especially when overclocked.
  3. Case / PSU's are weak :

    Antec Nine Hundred + EA650 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 650W Power Supply ($180)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129064

    or

    COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP ($100 - $20 MIR) w/ CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V ($100 - $20 MIR)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

    MoBo - SUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131621

    Memory - You have DDR3-133 CAS 8 for $115. DDR3-1600 CAS 7 is same price

    CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145285

    Hard Drives - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The 2 TB WD Black and LX from Seagate are good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):

    (http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-hard-drive-charts/compare,1006.html?prod[2371]=on&prod[2770]=on)

    Artic Silver has an issue regarding curing time (one year under normal use) which you can read about at bottom of page here:

    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=138&Itemid=1&limit=1&limitstart=5

    pick a TIM from the top few here:
    http://www.hwreviewlabs.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=64%3Amega-44-thermal-paste-round-up&catid=32%3Around-ups&Itemid=47&limitstart=3
    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/thermal-interface-roundup_10.html#sect1
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=138&Itemid=1&limit=1&limitstart=3
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