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March 1, 2010 2:20:52 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: over 2 months

BUDGET RANGE: About $900

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: case, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, Windows 7 64bit

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, amazon or tigerdirect

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: open

OVERCLOCKING: maybe, never did it before

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: yes in future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680 X 1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I currently have a CM HAF 922 case and I will buy windows 7 64 bit (which is separate from this)
This will be my first build and any input on compatibility or up/downgrades is helpful!

Plus which version of Win. 7 64 bit home is the best for building? I have heard to stay away from OEM as it can not be reinstalled??

Thanks

Here is what I have speced out so far;
MOBO
Asus P&P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 $190
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU
Core i5 750 Lynnfield $200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Fan
CM Hyper 212 $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU
OCZ StealthX Stream OCZ700 sxs 700W $60 mir
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
Cosair CMPSU 750TX 750W EPS 12V crossfire/sli $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


RAM
G Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz Cas 7 $115
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HHD
Samsung Spinpoint F3 250GB $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD/RW $27
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW SATA CD/DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU
open to recommendations ATI or NVidia
March 1, 2010 2:31:11 PM

If you plan on Upgrading your monitor you should get a 5850 or 5870 if not I would stick with the 5770.
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March 1, 2010 3:14:38 PM

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DIAMOND 5750PE51G Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail $150.00

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Don't get this video card. You can get a HD5770 for like $10 more.

The HD5770 would be great for your monitors resolution - it's a good mid-range card. I would go with XFX for lifetime warranty or Saphire.
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March 1, 2010 7:37:38 PM

Thanks for all the advice guys.

Which power supply is better in your opinions? I am leaning towards the OCZ 700W (more $ for GPU) yet do you think it is sufficient power or should I spend more on the 750W?

As I said I am piecing this together over +/- 2months. Thus I plan to buy piece meal, first PSU then DVD/RW, HHD, CPU & MOBO, then GPU.

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March 1, 2010 7:42:31 PM

Here is a good PSU.

OCZ is an alright PSU but not as good as Antec corsair or seasonic.

And I like the Antec cause they seam to be a little more budget friendly.
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March 1, 2010 8:27:43 PM

DO NOT get a 5750. Usually you can get a 5770 for an extra 10-15 dollars.
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March 2, 2010 1:21:48 PM

At least get the 5770.

Also if you are going to upgrade your monitor you should think of switching to a 5850 or 5870 and dropping down to an AMD platform.

Gaming is based more on GPU power then CPU power. But at your current resoluton the 5770 should be perfect. Once you jump to 19XX+ resolution you will either have to xfire 2x's 5770 or get a new single card cause the 5770 will struggle.
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March 2, 2010 1:28:42 PM

Within 2 months the HD5830 will be out and settled so i'd get that :) , +1 on the XFX or Sapphire recomendation.
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March 2, 2010 1:50:58 PM

The 5830 is already out and I think it is a little over priced. For the money a 4890 is the better buy.

As far as bench marks go the 4890 beats the 5830 in a majority.

Just does not have DX11, runs hotter, and uses a bit more power. However is also about 10 bucks cheaper.


5830 Review
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March 2, 2010 2:52:45 PM

Get a 5770 or a 5850
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March 2, 2010 5:27:37 PM

osu43130 said:
Here is a good PSU.

OCZ is an alright PSU but not as good as Antec corsair or seasonic.

And I like the Antec cause they seam to be a little more budget friendly.



Thanks for the advice...... you think 650W is enough, or should I look at 700-750W

only gonna run 1HDD as in th build above.
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March 2, 2010 5:51:37 PM

650 will be plenty.
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March 4, 2010 9:01:31 PM

Thanks for the tip!

If any one has this case can they let me know what cables ( and lenghts) I will need with this setup?


Thanks
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March 5, 2010 3:24:09 PM

If you do get the HD4890 (wouldn't recommend it though) you may wish to upgrade the PSU to 700w - 750w as it is very power consuming.
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March 23, 2010 8:09:22 PM

Thanks for the advice guys.

Another question with the above build which XFX or SAPPHIRE 5770 1 GB GPU is the best fit thu newegg?

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March 24, 2010 12:51:50 PM

That is there is roughly 5 to 6 choices of the same 5770 vid card
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April 3, 2010 6:06:45 PM

Best answer selected by diggitydo.
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