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March 30, 2010 9:53:37 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 25th April
BUDGET RANGE: ~1200$
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, General Use (surfing the net mainly)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED:Keyboard, Mouse, Headphones, Speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Since I am from Austria (the small country below Germany) this is quite hard. Guess newegg...
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Austria
PARTS PREFERENCES: i5-750, HD5850 (if I get one)
OVERCLOCKING: Not necessary
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1900x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Currently my PC sounds like an atomic reactor. It would be awesome to have a silent system :D 

At the moment I am looking at this:

Processor: i5-750

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: 4GB-Kit G-Skill Ripjaws PC3-10667U CL9

Case: No idea, should be silent

Power Supply: Corsair 750HX, 750 Watt (Overkill?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: Radeon HD5850

Harddrive:Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB, 32MB, ST31000528AS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Storage: Oridnary one, no Blu-Ray needed

Soundcard: Creative SoundBlaster Audigy SE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Operating System: WIndows 7 Professional 64 Bit

Anything else I need?
The most important thing is that all parts synergize well and that I won't have any hardware related issues. This is very serious because i have no clue about Hardware :sweat:  And it should be silent!

Thank you, I do apologise for my bad english :( 

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March 30, 2010 12:43:00 PM
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March 30, 2010 12:47:52 PM

Yes.All of them come from Germany.
I live in Germany, so I am not familiar with the prices in Austria, but as far as I know, those websites are also able to send the goods to Austria.
March 30, 2010 1:10:13 PM

Some problems with that build.

First, that board only supports EITHER Crossfire or USB 3/SATA III speeds. Since the OP doesn't want Crossfire, get the Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3. It has USB 3/SATA III support with only one PCIe slot.

Second, while nice, the Antec 900 is a tad expensive and a little small. Take a look at the HAF 922. Or if you're going to stick with the HD 5850 (which I'm trying to fit in budget), grab the Antec 300 Illusion. That will have plenty of space and save some money.

Third, you may want to consider using the X4 955 CPU. You'd save a lot of money (usually about $100 US) and wouldn't lose much performance. In addition, you'd gain an upgrade path for the CPU, as there won't be more powerful CPUs released for the LGA1156 socket. If you go this route, pick up the Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 motherboard (it's the AMD equivalent of the one above).
March 30, 2010 2:13:02 PM

Some words after the last comments :
1. Antec 300 is also nice, and there are also other casings like Coolermaster CM690 (first and second edition). I use the first edition myself. Just pick the one you like and suitable to your budget. I did not put links for the other casings, I think you will manage to look it by yourself.

2. Here is the link to Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 if you want to consider to use that one :
http://www.kmelektronik.de/shop/index.php?show=product_...

3. Links to AMD X4 955 and Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3, in case you want to consider them :
http://www.kmelektronik.de/shop/index.php?show=product_...
http://www.alternate.de/html/product/Mainboards_Sockel_...
March 30, 2010 2:27:19 PM

Yes, the CM 690 is a nice case. However, it's usually more expensive than the 300/300 Illusion without much difference. I agree on picking the one you like, but since the Antec 900 was mentioned, I brought up the 300 Illusion because it's just a smaller version of that case. It looks the same, it's just smaller and cheaper.
March 30, 2010 2:29:29 PM

MadAdmiral said:
Yes, the CM 690 is a nice case. However, it's usually more expensive than the 300/300 Illusion without much difference. I agree on picking the one you like, but since the Antec 900 was mentioned, I brought up the 300 Illusion because it's just a smaller version of that case. It looks the same, it's just smaller and cheaper.


I have also built a system with Antec 300 for my sister. It is a very good case but a little small.
March 30, 2010 2:59:16 PM

Wow, thanks for the fast answers. This is why I like english boards! In most german boards you have to wait ages for someone to reply...
First, I made a mistake with my budget :(  Its not 1200$, but 1000-1200! So I guess it would be around ~1500 $
I am sorry for this :( 

Then I have a question: Is a CPU fan really necessary?
I am going to let my system built by a german website called www.hardwareversand.de and I'm not able to add an extra CPU Fan cause the configurator says ("Box Version inclusive Fan") that I don't need one if I buy the boxed Version of the i5-750.

Thank you :D 
March 30, 2010 3:03:33 PM

In addition, I've read around the Internet that the Antec 900 is really noisy. True or just a rumour?
March 30, 2010 3:09:57 PM

Spend whatever's left on the GPU. If you get the HD 5870 or 5970, I would highly recommend getting the HAF 922. The Antec just aren't big enough for those cards.

A CPU fan is a necessity. An aftermarket HSF (one you buy separate of the CPU) is not, unless you're overclocking. Unless the description list the i5-750 as OEM (which I'm not even sure exists), you're getting a HSF included.

The 900 isn't that loud. I've got a 902 (an updated version with some minor modifications) and it's fairly quiet as long as you don't have all the fans running at their highest speed.
March 30, 2010 3:13:38 PM

1. Yup! tomshardware.de and chip.de suck! People tend to ignore you even when you write in Germans. :D  I was there too.

2. Hardwareversand.de is also good but my favorite is kmelektronik because they have also a branch (Filial) here in Frankfurt, where I live, and not very far from Frankfurt central station, it is just 10 mins.

3. Extra fan is only an extra option just in case you want to overclock your system and non stock fan is usually more silent than the stock one. You might want to consider to buy it, but not a must.
March 30, 2010 3:16:49 PM

Which noise are you talking about?
Some people say also that Coolermaster CM690 were noisy.
But I own CM690, and I can't hear a thing. BTW : I put my PC on the table directly beside me, only a few centimeters away from me.
March 30, 2010 3:50:53 PM

So my final build will look like this:

Processor: i5-750 Boxed Version
http://www2.hardwareversand.de/articledetail.jsp?aid=27...

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3, Intel P55, ATX, DDR3, PCI-Express
http://www2.hardwareversand.de/articledetail.jsp?aid=29...

RAM: 4GB-Kit G-Skill Ripjaws PC3-10667U CL9
http://www2.hardwareversand.de/articledetail.jsp?aid=29...

Case: Cooler Master CM 690 Pure with Windows no Power Supply black
http://www2.hardwareversand.de/articledetail.jsp?aid=27...

Power Supply: Corsair 750HX, 750 Watt
http://www2.hardwareversand.de/articledetail.jsp?aid=28...

GPU: GPU: Radeon HD5850

Harddrive:Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB, 32MB, ST31000528AS
http://www2.hardwareversand.de/articledetail.jsp?aid=25...

Storage: Oridnary one, no Blu-Ray needed

Operating System: WIndows 7 Professional 64 Bit



I hope there will be HD5850s in ~1 month :( 
March 30, 2010 4:05:51 PM

RAM: I'd switch to the CL 7 sticks guanyu linked to if they're not a lot more expensive. Their a little bit faster.
March 30, 2010 4:29:24 PM

BIG thanks to the two of you :) 
March 31, 2010 7:06:40 AM

We wish you good luck in building your rig!
Have fun!
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