I5 750 Build Advice - Hoping to purchase today


I've been lurking on the forums for a few (dozen) too many hours. I'm at the point where I need to stop wasting time researching and start enjoying my new build.

I started out by researching a great i7 920 build, but it got shot down by the ministry of finance (the wifey). This helped me to take a step back and realize that while nice, I don't need some of the additional features the i7 offers. I looked at the Phenom II X4 955/965, but decided that the i5 750 was probably the best bang for the buck.


I am having a really hard time deciding on a motherboard for my build. I want something that is solidly overclockable, and has the potential for crossfire (in the distant future). My target budget is around 150 dollars for the motherboard, but I'm willing to compromise.

Also, is it necessary to add aftermarket chipset coolers/heatsinks to the motherboard when overclocking?

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Hoping to order today or tomorrow so I can build during spring break (next week)

BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 900-1100 US Dollars) After Rebates

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

Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
Monitor: ASUS VW266H 25.5-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor (1920x1200)
OS: Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 Hyper 212 Plus 775/1156/1366


CROSSFIRE: Possibly in the future - (when the 5870 goes down in price drastically)


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (e.g.: Aggressive, but stable overclock desired)

SSD: Once the prices on the 60 gb drives go down I'd like to throw one in for a boot disk.

XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail - $397.99


CORSAIR CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $139.99 After Rebate


Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail


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


Total for the above items: $847.96
Please let me know if you have any comments or criticisms of the build so far?

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  1. For 150$ you can only get a micro ATX board with crossfire capability, like this: GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD4

    If you want crossfire, full ATX and the new U3S6 features it will cost about 190$: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro

    Or you can go for the older version of the same board, only difference is no U3S6: ASUS P7P55D PRO

    If you intend to overclock definitely get a aftermarket HSF, best ones for the money are CM Hyper 212+ and Scythe Mugen-2 Rev.B.

    Also better RAM for only 10$ more: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

    Otherwise looks good...
  2. personally I would get this board, though it is over your budget by $30.
    GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 - $185

    if you cant afford that
    ASRock P55 Extreme LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - $150

    The rest of your build looks fine however keep in mind that socket 1156 boards/cpu's do not support crossfire/sli at 16x/16x. They only can support it at 16x/8x
  3. Small correction, 1156 supports crossfire at x8/x8 :)
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