First time builder needs some advice

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week probably around Wednesday
BUDGET RANGE: 600-700 Before / After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: School work, surfing the web, gaming, photoshop

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS


PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel Cpu's preferably



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like to have to option to play most modern games on high settings , and have a fairly quiet pc

Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80571E7400 - Retail

ASUS P5Q Pro Turbo LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

SAPPHIRE 100293L Radeon HD 5570 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Low Profile Ready Video ... - Retail

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM

RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEBP 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply - Retail

I wanted to know if everything worked and if i would be better off using something else in my build?
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  1. RaidMax PSU is one step above junk.
  2. Go with a 1156 socket build or a AM3 Quad build. Don't buy 3 year old parts.
  3. I5 750: $185 ebay, $170 after BCB

    CPU heatsink: Hyper 212+ $30

    MB: GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 $120

    Memory: OCZ ddr3 1600 $80 after MIR

    Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 $50 FS

    PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W $50 after MIR

    Sapphire 5770 $150 after MIR

    HD: 500gb $55

    Dvd Drive: ASUS Black DVD burner $23

    Total: $728 after MIR

    This is just a rough starting point. You can look for better deals and combos to get the price down if needed.
  4. I've been trying to downsize my build so i decided to go with AMD.

    So is this a good build?
  5. I would personally go with Intel since their better clock for clock in games.

    Try to fit 4gb of ram into your build if possible. 2x2gb is better than 4x1gb down the line.

  6. *EDIT* at $600-1K AMD = better processor for games period.
  7. Good start for your CANADIAN build but you can go with:

    Athlon x3 435/Gigabyte 770 USB3/SATA6GB/s - 171.99

    Any particular reason why you went with the Sapphire 5750?
    If not save some money and get:
    MSI 5750 - 144.99

    Seagate 7200.12 500GB Hard Drive - 59.99

    Antec Earthwatts 650W - 89.99

    G.Skill DDR3 4GB - 108.49

    Might want to add a few more one or two 120mm more fans to that case or get a new one.
    If it is possible you might want to buy this case locally since it is $30 cheaper than newegg's price. Plus you don't have to pay like $20 shipping.
    Antec 300 from Canada Computer - 58.99

    Total (w/case & burner on your list): 635.93
  8. whitefang said:

    *EDI*T at $600-1K AMD = better processor for games period.

    Really? "AMD = better processor for games period."

    Edit: Unless your shopping at microcenter a i5 750 build can be purchased for about the same price as a 955 BE build.

    Last time I checked the i5 750 is the better processor clock for clock.
  9. cory1234 said:
    Really? "AMD = better processor for games period."

    Really? way to leave out the other quote.

    Let me say it again...

    $600-1K AMD = better processor price / performance ratio period.

    Understand now? Good...

    *EDIT* Lol go do some research "Troll"
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