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March 31, 2010 6:22:25 AM

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SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games/Excel/Powerpoint, Movies, Browsing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, OS, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: ATI 5xxx series

OVERCLOCKING: If you guys recommend it

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I need the computer to be lightweight and hopefully something I can stick in the overhead compartment on an international flight. I'll be working primarily in the Philippines for the next year or so although I will be heading back home to NY for a month or so during that time so I want to have a computer to take with me - when I thought about all of my worldly possessions my desktop is the only thing that I can't live without, although I did have a nice gaming laptop it just can't cut it (I just bought the laptop in october for $1150 dollars and sold it to a friend for 300 =/, I am just not a laptop type of guy)

Things that I have/will get no matter what:

I ordered the SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit already, it was on sale until midnight so I grabbed it which is now forcing my decision to upgrade my computer and sell my current one to a needy neighbor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel X25-M Mainstream SSD, I am getting a SSD to try it out. I don't care about the cost, I have a feeling it will make my computer feel snappier and it will help on boot up times and maybe with zoning in games.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Things that I might get based on recommendation:

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

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (definitely want 8gigs later)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LIAN LI PC-V351B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I need a nice modular power supply. Also, how is that case for a mATX build? What if, say, in a few months I decide to add another 5850? *probably won't because I mainly just play Heroes of Newerth and BFBC2.

Also need a nice after market CPU cooler that will fit (on average the computer will be cooler in the philippines due to having crazy industrial air conditioning that can be lowered to ridiculous temperatures, much colder than my room ever is in the states)

One other thing- what is a nice monitor? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That is what I currently have but I sold it, along with my 8800gt computer, to my friend across the hall. I need something bigger/better to replace it either before or after I leave the country depending on how expensive/safe it is to fly it over there.


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March 31, 2010 12:15:15 PM

Hmm just to share the kind of LANparty boxes i do up for peeps these days - with these 890GX u get native SATA 6GB/s and in some models USB 3.0 (like one selected) This will greatly help SSD by which if $$ is no issue i'd hit a SATAIII one actually but if i had to buy a SATAII one i would go easy hehe So just a suggestion ^^

This would be almost exclusively gaming (little to zero encode/render)

Edit: Opps and these RAMs hehe
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 31, 2010 7:13:01 PM

For my needs would a Lian Li V351 work or should I grab a Tj-08 Silverstone case?
April 1, 2010 4:38:40 AM

in other words- would the lian li v351 fit in the overhead compartment of an airplane?
April 1, 2010 4:49:25 AM

trenchtoaster said:
in other words- would the lian li v351 fit in the overhead compartment of an airplane?

TJ08 fits better into the airplane bin because you can lay it on its side. But it might be too deep, check the dimensions...probably not too deep but you can't be too careful.

I'd probably go with an i3 since it doesn't appear you're running any heavy-duty task that can press into that third and fourth core. Also, you can O/C the i3 more easily with a small cooler attached, since it produces less heat.

If you really want something portable and DON'T plan to do heavy overclocking, consider the SG04:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
April 1, 2010 11:15:49 PM

That looks nice. I already ordered the i5 though.

Will that SG04 fit the i5, a SSD, a 500gig HD, the 5850, and a corsair 650w modular PSU?

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April 2, 2010 1:58:59 AM
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trenchtoaster said:
That looks nice. I already ordered the i5 though.

Will that SG04 fit the i5, a SSD, a 500gig HD, the 5850, and a corsair 650w modular PSU?


Yes, Tom's Hardware actually used that case (with different outside trim) to build a high-end Core i7 gaming PC about a year ago, and the ONLY regret was that it wouldn't hold a big CPU cooler.

Tom's used a larger 1000W Corsair modular power supply and two GTX 295's, and the ONLY regret was that there wasn't room for the big CPU cooler that would have been required to overclock the i7.
April 2, 2010 2:25:24 AM

Awesome, it has a handle too so I will go for it unless someone objects. Um, the Hyper 212 cooler is something that I have heard a lot about. I have never used an aftermarket cooler- any idea if it will fit?

My final build is:

80 gig Intel SSD
5850 Saphire GPU
i5 750 CPU
650w HX Corsair Modular PSU
Gigabyte P55M-UD4 Motherboard
Samsung Spinpoint F3 500gig HD
Sony 24x CD/DVD Sata Drive
Silverstone SG04 Case



(Hyper 212 Cooler?)
(Monitor? it needs to be something better than http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... which I just sold, either something bigger or better quality).
April 2, 2010 3:08:52 AM

trenchtoaster said:
Awesome, it has a handle too so I will go for it unless someone objects. Um, the Hyper 212 cooler is something that I have heard a lot about. I have never used an aftermarket cooler- any idea if it will fit?

My final build is:

80 gig Intel SSD
5850 Saphire GPU
i5 750 CPU
650w HX Corsair Modular PSU
Gigabyte P55M-UD4 Motherboard
Samsung Spinpoint F3 500gig HD
Sony 24x CD/DVD Sata Drive
Silverstone SG04 Case



(Hyper 212 Cooler?)
(Monitor? it needs to be something better than http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... which I just sold, either something bigger or better quality).


The Hyper 212 cooler will definitely not fit. The height limit is 82mm. If you want something bigger than the stock cooler this one will fit WITHOUT the fan:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You still have enough room left for a 20mm thick fan, such as this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That particular 140mm fan has 120mm holes for your cooler, a nice added feature.

Now about installation: Because the space between the cooler and power supply is small, I recommend mounting the power supply with the fan towards the CPU cooler, as it's an INTAKE fan for the power supply that blows hot air out the back of the power supply. That will pull heat away from your CPU, but fight against any downward blowing fan. The solution is to reverse the fan on the CPU so it blows up, into the power supply intake fan. Then you can keep your CPU cooler than it would be with the stock cooler, using the combination of parts outlined above.

What will you do with the Cooler Master fan since it's too thick? You could send it to me...
April 2, 2010 6:51:20 AM

Is the stock cooler good enough on the i5 or not really? and what about the included fans for the 04 case? should I replace them or what?

So everything has been ordered besides a monitor and additional/replacement cooling.
April 2, 2010 8:34:47 AM

trenchtoaster said:
Is the stock cooler good enough on the i5 or not really? and what about the included fans for the 04 case? should I replace them or what?

So everything has been ordered besides a monitor and additional/replacement cooling.

The stock cooler is good enough for running at stock speed. The original case fans are fairly good too.
April 2, 2010 5:20:15 PM

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