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March 20, 2010 11:03:03 AM

This would be my 4th or 5th build. Let me know what you think. Criticize, compliment, and suggest. Thanks.

310 Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5
215 Core i5-750 2.67GHz S1156 w/ Fan Core Quad-Core Socket 1156 - 8MB L3 Cache - Intel64
180 Gigabyte P55A-UD4P ATX LGA1156 (updated)
150 Kingston HyperX 4GB KIT 2X2GB 1333MHZ DDR3 NON ECC CL7 DIMM (updated)
117 ANTEC TP-750 750W TRUEPOWER PS ATX 12V EPS12V 120MM FAN APFC PEI-E 80-PLUS
35 Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus HSF (updated)
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canadian dollars (all from local computer stores)


Already have:

1TB Western Digital WD1001FALS 1TB 32MB 7200rpm Caviar Black SATAII
Antec P182 Case (may change this in the future if I see something I like)

Logitech G110 Keyboard with LED Lit Keys
Logitech MX Laser Revolution Mouse
Benq 24inch LCD G2412HD 1920x1080


Let me know your thoughts on my setup. I dont like AMD only intel. Possible future plans would be adding 2 homemade radiators to dissipate heat from chips around the CPU on the mobo like other boards have. Also maybe an aftermarket CPU fan down the road if I feel I can benefit enough from it.

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March 20, 2010 11:21:56 AM

I rate it your system at a 7 out of 10...

-1.5 points = Cas9 RAM, I would recommended going with a Cas7 RAM for better performance.

-1.5 points = No aftermarket cooler (currently), which means no plans to overclock :(  You are not using the full potential of your system for what looks to be a gaming system.
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March 20, 2010 8:21:28 PM

I didnt realize the cooler was so cheap. So changed the ram and added cooler:

35 Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus HSF
150 Kingston HyperX 4GB KIT 2X2GB 1333MHZ DDR3 NON ECC CL7 DIMM


Ordering today... or tomorrow.

10/10 ???
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March 20, 2010 8:29:17 PM

Good changes.... 9/10
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March 20, 2010 8:32:39 PM

You might want to change your motherboard to one with a P55 chipset instead of H55. Gigabyte UD3 is a good one if you don't require a lot
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March 21, 2010 9:17:09 PM

Emin said:
You might want to change your motherboard to one with a P55 chipset instead of H55. Gigabyte UD3 is a good one if you don't require a lot


Can you give me some reasons why? I had the hardest time choosing the motherboard and am still not 100%.

H55-USB3:

PROS:
Has 2 x 3.0 USB ports which could come in handy in the future especially if it replaces e-Sata one day.
Has external sata which I need for my external HHD enclosure (Antec MX1).
Has onboard graphics which could come in handy for a few days if I sell and update my video card.

CONS:
Second PCI x16 slot can only run at 4x which defeats the purpose of ever doing Crossfire for me.
Is mATX form factor but I dont see a difference other than some PCI slots which I dont need.



P55-UD3

PROS:
Has 2oz of copper PCB design.
Second PCIe x16 probably runs at 8x.
ATX form factor (does it matter?)

CONS:
No USB 3.0
No onboard graphics (which isnt a big concern)
No eSATA on rear panel.




If someone has some good reasons for me to choose a P55 Id love to hear. Also Im not planning on doing RAID. Im ordering tomorrow. So far only my i5 750 was in stock so I picked it up. Its sexy!!
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March 22, 2010 7:29:56 PM

Thanks everyone for the advice. Got my computer today.

Went with the list on the first page with all the given advice and changes.

Got a more expensive motherboard then planned, but I really like it P55A-UD4P for 180.

Apparently the i5 750 cannot use onboard graphics of H55.

Anyhow thanks again.!
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March 22, 2010 7:31:56 PM

Best answer selected by Bogdan.
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March 22, 2010 8:00:11 PM

You are correct... the i5 750 doesn't support onboard graphics like the newer dual core i5's.
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