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March 15, 2010 3:21:28 PM

I posted a while ago and received some help. I'm planning on ordering tonight and I thought I was ask for your criticisms before I do. Thanks in advance for your help.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
1. MTGO
2. HTPC (no Blu-ray, but upconverting DVDs would be cool)
3. iTunes (having ample hard drive space is a plus.
4. Office work (office, acrobat)
5. Gaming (Friend would like to have the option of playing games, high settings are not essential)

OVERCLOCKING: No
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

Monitor:Vizio 32" 1080p 60Hz LCDTV $496.79
Video Card: XFX 5770 - 1GB for $165
CPU/MOBO/PSU/CASE/RAM/HDD: $605.98
i5-750/ASUS P7P55/OCZ700SXS 700W/NZXT LEXA S/G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB/Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB
DVD/RW: Sony Optiarc $24.99
Keyboard + Mouse:Microsoft 4GC $37.99
OS:Windows 7 Home Edition $104.99
Surge Protector: CyberPower 850 $17.99
Cables: 2xHDMI $14.98


Shipping: $11.33

Grand Total:
$1480.04
- $65.00 Rebates
$1415.04


As I said, I'm just about ready to order. I just wanted to know if there were any glaring issues.

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March 15, 2010 4:09:54 PM

OCZ seems to fail a lot of times.
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March 15, 2010 4:18:59 PM

Thanks for the response. That PSU has almost 73% 4 and 5 egg reviews, if there is nothing that is technically inadequate about the component, then I am probably not going to switch to another brand since it is part of the combo that makes the i5-750 affordable.
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March 15, 2010 7:47:38 PM

karm100fists said:
Thanks for the response. That PSU has almost 73% 4 and 5 egg reviews, if there is nothing that is technically inadequate about the component, then I am probably not going to switch to another brand since it is part of the combo that makes the i5-750 affordable.

Just saying a lot of people had an issue where it would burn out.
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March 17, 2010 6:05:51 PM

if u haven't bought it yet then don't buy a i5 -750 system I have bought a

I5-750
GA-P55-US3L MOTHERBOARD
GSKIL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
500GB HARD DISK
COOLER MASTER SMPS
MSI R5570 MDIG GRAPHICS CARD

and I am facing a boot trouble I have seen a similar problem on intel forum
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March 17, 2010 6:13:12 PM

Do you think that it's related to the processor though? i5-750s have 93% 5 egg ratings on Newegg.
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March 17, 2010 7:37:42 PM

varun77spot said:
if u haven't bought it yet then don't buy a i5 -750 system I have bought a

I5-750
GA-P55-US3L MOTHERBOARD
GSKIL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
500GB HARD DISK
COOLER MASTER SMPS
MSI R5570 MDIG GRAPHICS CARD

and I am facing a boot trouble I have seen a similar problem on intel forum


You are doing something wrong or have a defective unit; try contacting support or getting a RMA . Generalizing i5-750 as a bad choice is rather naive.

karm100fists said:
Do you think that it's related to the processor though? i5-750s have 93% 5 egg ratings on Newegg.


OP, it could be a number of things, but that's his problem. An i5 would be an excellent choice. Also, I should note that you shouldn't exclusively follow newegg reviews. Its a good basis of judgment, but look around tom's or other reputable sites when making a decision. In this case, however, the newegg egg distribution is correct.

IMO, and looking at your system usage, you could definitely go with a x4 620/630/635 AMD variant and save a lot of money or pool it towards a 40" or a better GPU depending on the games you plan on playing (though it seems to be that you aren't too big a gamer). A budget quad-cored athlon can handle all of what you have listed, with gaming probably being the most intensive. A x4 6xx would NOT bottleneck your 5770, so don't think its just some crappy second rate CPU. That's what I would do given your circumstance.

The barebones kit is DECENT, but you could definitely build your own from scratch and have a similar price range, without sacrificing quality like some of the parts in the build do. Off the top of my head, you could into an ASUS P7P55-E for Sata 6gbps/USB 3.0 support for a bit of "future proofing". In addition, the 7200.11 HDD is old tech and had plenty of reliability issues in its lifetime. The next gen 7200.12 unit would be a wiser choice, though i'm not sure if it comes in a 1.5TB variant. The 1 TB will run you around $90 ATM. You could also pick up an i5 for a bit less if you live near a microcenter. Good luck.
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March 17, 2010 7:47:21 PM

Hey, thanks for your response. I had never built AMD and so I shied away from them when making the build. After reading about CPUs and modern ones are not usually bottle necks in gaming at this point I probably should have gone that route and gotten some different options.

I didn't know about the 7200.11 vs .12 issue and really appreciate your mentioning it. I will look for better HDD options in future builds.

This PC is not for an enthusiast (hence no aftermarket cooler/wireless input devices). Gaming ability is great, but stability, multi-tasking and longevity (not longevity to be cutting edge, just to be able to run non-intensive programs) are the main concern.

Basically my friend wanted a computer that he would be able to doodle around on and not have to upgrade for 4 years or so.

I will have to do some research before my next build. In order to better understand the current incarnations of each technology.
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