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March 21, 2010 5:12:55 PM

Hello everyone, I love this web-site, I'm a long time reader but first time poster. I am also a first time builder and would like you all to critique the components I've selected for my first build.

Budget: $1350

Approximate Purchase date: June 2010

Primary system usage (from most important to least important): Gaming, internet, word processing

Parts not needed: keyboard, mouse, speakers

Preferred Web-sites: New Egg, Amazon, Micro Center

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Overclocking: a little ( I plan on a conservative overclock, this being my first time and all)

Crossfire: yes in the future

Parts Preference: Intel CPU (I am open to ATI or NVIDIA)

Additional Comments: I don't know much about RAM i.e. timing and latency etc. so any guidance that you can provide there would be appreciated. In addition let me know what your thoughts are about my video card selection, I currently have a 4830 and from what I can tell passmark rates a crossfired 4830 setup to be similar to a single 5770 and since a 4850 and a 5770 are about $80 apart I figured a 5770 a crossfire 4830 and 4850 setup would be as good or better than a 5770, but that being said in the future I will need two new high end DX 11 cards to crossfire instead of just one. Also I am buying the CPU from Microcenter so an 860 is $199 and a 930 is only $229.99, so keep that in mind with your suggestions.

Parts:
(All sites and Prices listed are New Egg unless otherwise noted)

Case: Lian Li PC-K62 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99

MOBO: ASUS P7P55D EVO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - $179.99

CPU: Intel i7 860 (from Micro center in store pickup) $199.99

Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V $109.99

Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit $94.99

RAM: Corsair Dominator 4 GB DDR3 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $169.99

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" - $79.99

DVD Burner: Any Brand $29.99

Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 $34.99

SSD Boot Drive (this is optional for me): Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Retail $224.99

OS: Windows 7- $105.99

Total Cost of Build: $1,105.90 w/o boot drive or $1,330.89 with boot drive.

---Let me know what your thoughts are regarding the boot drive, i.e. wait until prices drop, invest the money in better video card, ram cpu etc.

Thanks, I can't wait to see what everyone thinks.
March 21, 2010 5:40:54 PM

Recommendations:
RAM: I would go with this RAM for similar timings, lower voltage requirements and cheaper... G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO - Retail
Hard Drive: For the same price you can get a 1TB drive based off of two 500GB platters versus three 250GB platters.... Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
SSD Boot Drive: If you can fits your budget, I would say go for it but I would rather see you spend the $225 on a better GPU than the 4850 and upgrade to a SSD later down the road as prices drop.
Video Card: After dropping the SSD and HD 4850, pick up a SAPPHIRE 100282-3SR Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity - Retail
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March 21, 2010 6:21:08 PM

tecmo34 said:
Recommendations:
RAM: I would go with this RAM for similar timings, lower voltage requirements and cheaper... G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO - Retail
Hard Drive: For the same price you can get a 1TB drive based off of two 500GB platters versus three 250GB platters.... Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
SSD Boot Drive: If you can fits your budget, I would say go for it but I would rather see you spend the $225 on a better GPU than the 4850 and upgrade to a SSD later down the road as prices drop.
Video Card: After dropping the SSD and HD 4850, pick up a SAPPHIRE 100282-3SR Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity - Retail



Thanks for the reply Tecmo, those are all great suggestions. I think you're right about dropping the SSD for now and going with the 5850, I'm unfamiliar with the G. Skill brand of memory but they seem to be well respected from what I have read in other forums. If I incorporate all of your suggestions it will increase my total build price to around $1290 w/o a boot drive. This is within my budget though and I think your HDD and RAM suggestions are improvements as well. Thanks!
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