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Low as you can go for i5 750 build

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March 18, 2010 2:09:22 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP
BUDGET RANGE: Lowest

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: GAMING
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: any

PARTS PREFERENCES: ATi 5770, i5 750, 22" lcd

OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Is waitng for fermi a good idea?
I could wait for the graphics card if its worth it.
Also, will a mid tower case be ok?

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March 18, 2010 2:22:05 PM

Mid tower is more than ok. I would wait for Fermi. How prices may change is unknown, but it can't hurt.

CPU: i5-750 $200
Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro $190
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
Case/PSU: Antec 300 Illusion and Earthwatts 650W $125
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $23
HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $35
Monitor: Asus 21.5" 1080p $180

Total: $923. The 5770 will be very weak at that resolution. I would highly recommend getting an AM3 build with at least an HD 5850.
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March 18, 2010 5:20:16 PM

I'm not sure where you live, but try seeing if you live near a Microcenter. www.microcenter.com has the i5 750 for $169.

i5 - 750 = $169
http://microcenter.com/search/search_results.phtml?keyw...

If you don't have a Microcenter nearby, and saving money is important, I recommend using Bing Cashback (www.Bing.com). It's super easy to use. I did with my build, and I'm in line to get about $80 in cash back. You have to wait 60 days for your money, but it's legit, and it's green. Tigerdirect/CircuitCity/CompUSA all qualify for 8.3% cach back with Bing everyday, and every couple of days, one, or all three sites, will jump up to 15%, or even 20% on an odd occasion. I used BCB on my Radeon 5850, and got 8.3% off of $299, for $275, with free shipping. So I saved $25. Did the same with my i5 processor.

Also, Ewiz.com gives you 5% off with Bing. Newegg sometimes nets 1 or 2%. Zipzoomfly.com 2-5%. It adds up, especially with Tigerdirect purchases.


Anyhow, back to the build. Remember, I'm trying to stay with lowest price possible, without picking absolute trash for components. You can get some cheaper components, but these are about as low as I'd go.

ATX:

i5-750 Lynnfield - $187.50
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?p=I5-750&c=cashback&jfti...

ASRock H55DE3 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI ATX Intel Motherboard - $93
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 - $104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HEC Combo case & 600w PSU - $61.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) - $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55


Any DVD drive- $20-25


Total: $685

You could probably save a few bucks with a micro-ATX board, and opting for some components with rebate offers. Also, I'd really try to go a step up from the 5770, to a 5830 or 5850. The 5770 can leave a lot to be desired. Moving to a 5830 would add about $80 or so. I did not include a monitor. Prices change on those everyday, and there are a million places to find deals on them.

Like another poster mentioned, an AMD build might save you some money.




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March 18, 2010 11:43:52 PM

So could you guys recommend me a amd build comparable to i5 750 gaming build.
I was looking forward to make a amdx3 435 ranaati 5770 but dont know but i wanted little more!
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March 18, 2010 11:44:43 PM

MadAdmiral said:
Mid tower is more than ok. I would wait for Fermi. How prices may change is unknown, but it can't hurt.

CPU: i5-750 $200
Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro $190
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
Case/PSU: Antec 300 Illusion and Earthwatts 650W $125
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $23
HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $35
Monitor: Asus 21.5" 1080p $180

Total: $923. The 5770 will be very weak at that resolution. I would highly recommend getting an AM3 build with at least an HD 5850.


So you mean 5770 is not enough for 1600 resolution??
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March 19, 2010 12:01:18 AM

Change to the AMD Phenom II X4 955, and then a crossfire capable mobo with SATA 6Gbps for under $150. And that should go a way towards paying for a 5850, without increasing the price too much.

I haven't seen the evidence for the 5770 being weaker at higher resolutions. Altho it makes sense.

Personally I think the only threat Fermi will pose will be from the usual fanboys jumping on it, nothing I've read suggests that Fermi will be particularly useful for gamers, considering how strong ATI's 5000 series is. But then it is possible that you would regret it when they came out if you bought before release. Also you give more of a chance for Lynnfield parts to go down in price or failing that for 890GX boards to mature a bit.
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March 19, 2010 12:34:47 AM

The 5770 won't run some of the latest games at high settings. When it does, some complain about the performance. Prior to building my unit, I was considering a 5770, and no matter how much I hated spending over $100 more, all my research told me to stay away. If you crossfire two, well then you're better off buying a single 5850. Performance wise, the 4890 beats the 5770. The only real measureable quality the 5770 has, is Dx11, and Eyefinity technology. The 5770 will be ok, but if you want your system to perform, and perform well for a few years time, invest the extra money in a 58xx series card.
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