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[Solved] First System Build -- Please Advise

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March 2, 2010 3:21:06 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sooner than later. No extreme rush.

BUDGET RANGE: $1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, 24" Monitor (x2), Going to reuse 36gb Raptor for OS drive, Speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU, ATI Video Card

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe. This system is a huge upgrade to what I have currently so I may not.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200 (I would like to drive 2 24" for everyday computing but not gaming)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want to stay under $1000US. Present total is $1004 without shipping. Going for pure functionality, no lights, windows, bling, etc. necessary. The case can change if there is something out there that is mellow in style. Thanks for your help.

Edits: Changed Hard Drive to Seagate. Changed memory to CAS Latency 7 Ripjaws. Changed to ASUS mother board. Split up power supply and case combo.



ASUS P7P55 LX LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

GIGABYTE GV-R585D5-1GD-B Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - OEM

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-460-PMSR-A3 460W ATX12V V2.3 Power Supply - Retail
March 2, 2010 3:32:14 PM

Switch the WD for a Samsung Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12 500 GB. Both are faster, quieter, cooler and cheaper.

Get the CAS Latency 7 Ripjaws for only $10 more.

I would recommend looking at an AMD build and getting an HD 5870 for your resolution. If you still can't fit it with an X4 955, don't feel like you have to have the top of the line CPU. The GPU is the most important part to gaming.
March 2, 2010 3:36:29 PM

Using that old Raptor as the system drive is not a good idea. Unfortunately the Raptor drives are yesterday's technology, especially those old original Raptors. A current 7200RPM 500GB/platter drive will actually out-perform that old Raptor by a pretty large margin. The 500GB WD drive isn't a good idea either since it uses old technology 250GB/platters. I would just pick up a pair of these drives:

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $54.99

Believe it or not, Intel brand motherboards are not very good. You're much better going with a board by either Gigabyte or Asus.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
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March 2, 2010 4:08:03 PM

Thanks for the help. So will 600w be enough power? Please review the changes so far, specifically the motherboard.
March 2, 2010 4:11:14 PM

For only one card, 600W is definitely enough.

That board is better. If you can afford it, this Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 has USB 3/SATA III ports, and is only about $25 more than the Asus.
March 2, 2010 4:14:47 PM

600W is more than enough for a single GPU system. Even a quality 500W PSU is enough for that system.
March 3, 2010 2:33:50 PM

Any other comments or thoughts? I am about to pull the trigger on this order and want to make sure I have everything in order.
March 3, 2010 2:41:16 PM

Make sure to check for combos. Other than that, it looks good to go.
March 3, 2010 8:54:36 PM

Thanks for your help. Should I delete this thread or mark it [Solved] ?
March 3, 2010 9:08:56 PM

Mark it solved.
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