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March 3, 2010 9:21:08 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This Week BUDGET RANGE: $1000 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, photoshop, dreamweaver, surfing the

internet, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS(windows 7 64bit), dvd drive

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: intel i5 cpu & ati 5850 video card no preference on anything else

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: NO

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I have 2 monitors 1680x1050(used as the main display for gaming) &

1440x900(used for surfing & vent while gaming)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
I have started selecting a few parts by looking at other builds on here but need some help

choosing a few parts.
Here is what I have come up with so far

video card:
XFX HD-585A-ZNBC Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB Black Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

cpu
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ram
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

cpu fan
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm
"heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I need help picking the following parts and anything I may have forgotten about:

motherboard (easy to overclock, and would to have usb3.0 sata6 for future devices)

powersupply

case (good airflow and needs to fit the ATI 5850 I hear its massive!)

hdd (wanted the samsung spinpoint 500gb but its sold out on newegg)

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March 3, 2010 10:58:07 PM

Antec 900 Case w/ EA-650 PSU $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HAF 922 Case w/ Corsair 650TX $170 after $20 MIR (expires at midnite march 3rd)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus P7P55D-E Pro w/ USB 3 / SATA III $190 (HGigabyte boards ahave USB 3 / SATA III crippled w/ 2nd GFX card)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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-har...[2371]=on&prod[2770]=on)

Heat Sink - For performance and ease of installation, the Prolimatech Megahalems fits both criteria.

If that's a budget breaker, look at the Xigmnatec S1283 or one of the others here:
http://www.silentpcreview.com/Recommended_Heatsinks
http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm#INTELHEATSI...
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

pick a TIM from the top few here:
http://www.hwreviewlabs.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/therma...
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

RAM - Muskin CAS 7 is $10 cheaper w $20 MIR (expires 03/09/2010)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GFX - If budget is an issue, a 5750 would handle your 1400 x 900 resolution on DX11 games, 5850 should get you thru to XMas 2010 or maybe even 2011 w/ DX11 @ 1920 x 1200.
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March 18, 2010 7:04:44 PM

Okay thought I'd share what I actually purchased:

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212

ASUS P7P55D-E LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

XFX HD-585A-ZNBC Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB Black Edition 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16

Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

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

Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE

Order Total $1,087.92 before rebates
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March 18, 2010 9:12:44 PM

that's solid enough. +1 ^
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