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April 6, 2010 12:53:32 AM

Im almost %100 set on this build. Just trying to save a couple bucks if possible. Comments and suggestions welcome. Thanks in advance.

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(i plan on overclocking to 3.0/3.33ish, :sweat:  anything extra id need in the cooling department?)

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital AV-GP WD5000AVDS 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$1068.83 :pfff:  :cry: 

So... Thats that. Thanks in advance... :kaola: 

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April 6, 2010 1:00:46 AM

Switch HD/PSU to 7200.12 500GB and OCZ Stealthxstream 700w. $114.98 w/ $20 MIR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

will save $50

optical
This liteon will save you $3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also recommend you get the 7-8-7-24 DDR3 1600 Ripjaws for $15 more. Worth the upgrade IMO as 9 CAS latency is just bad...

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

I'm not the biggest fan of NZXT cases, and I'd personally go with the antec 300 illusion. Same price, but it doesn't have the $20 MIR.

April 6, 2010 1:03:08 AM

First off you want a cas7 set. Yes they cost about $10 more but you'll thank me later
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Consider a XFX 5850. They carry a life time warranty. But yes ofcourse they cost more.

Drop the WD and get Spinpoint.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And the Case... Please look into other options. I personally have a Haf 922 and it holds everything very well.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Ok so in actuality I'm spending more of your money but hey it's better parts.

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April 6, 2010 1:04:05 AM

After seeing that 7200.12 and the OCZ 700w that's your best bet.
April 6, 2010 1:16:52 AM

is 700w enough, also i heard id want 4 pci-e connectors if i want to crossfire later on. and the psu i have picked out has plenty of connectors, almost too much. lol
April 6, 2010 1:28:24 AM

700 W is fine for Xfire 5850's.

What you need is 4 6 pin connectors, which while the OCZ doesn't have, 2 of these
$3 converter cables will fix that though. Outside case fans, you shouldn't have anything else that'll use those Molex cables (you have 6 and can run all the case fans you want on 1 by daisy chaining).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
April 6, 2010 1:36:32 AM

jonnyshatter said:
is 700w enough, also i heard id want 4 pci-e connectors if i want to crossfire later on. and the psu i have picked out has plenty of connectors, almost too much. lol


That OCZ psu might not be good enough for crossfire 5850's. If you want to chance it because of the price go ahead, but I wouldn't. It has 56amps on the 12V rail which is barely more than a quality 650W psu.
April 6, 2010 1:46:49 AM

fastx21 said:
First off you want a cas7 set. Yes they cost about $10 more but you'll thank me later
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Consider a XFX 5850. They carry a life time warranty. But yes ofcourse they cost more.

Drop the WD and get Spinpoint.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And the Case... Please look into other options. I personally have a Haf 922 and it holds everything very well.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Ok so in actuality I'm spending more of your money but hey it's better parts.



actually, id REALLY prefer a case with a side window, thanks though
April 6, 2010 2:56:40 AM

macabre215 said:
That OCZ psu might not be good enough for crossfire 5850's. If you want to chance it because of the price go ahead, but I wouldn't. It has 56amps on the 12V rail which is barely more than a quality 650W psu.



actually it's 72 amps.

18 Amps per rail over 4 rails.

5850 TDP is 151W or ~12.6 AMPS on a 12v rail.

The PSU I linked is fine.
April 6, 2010 3:22:09 AM

Consider a case Upgrade

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

Tho these combos do contain a slight downgrade on the PSU as that TP-750 garners a 9.5 on jonnyguru.com All are better than the OCZ *stream models....the OCZ Z series ain't bas tho.

RAM - the Ripjaws have hi profile heat spreaders which often interfere with 3rd party Heat Sinks. Also $105 for CAS 9 seems expensive. Here's CAS 8 for the same price in low profile.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CAS 7 foir $15 more also low profile
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drives - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The 2 TB WD Black and XT from Seagate are good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):

(http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-har...[2371]=on&prod[2770]=on)

Look at the tests that reflect your usage and choose accordingly.
April 6, 2010 3:59:38 AM

im quite a fan of the case i picked out, is there really a problem with it? jw
April 6, 2010 4:43:02 AM

update: i guess my biggest concern is the cpu. with my current setup, is quad-core at 2.66 enough for gaming, without having to overclock?
April 6, 2010 1:24:13 PM

no one here likes nzxt cases. They aren't bad, but are "cheap" cases, cheap materials and build quality.
If you can get a much better quality case for about the same money, why bother with the cheaper one?

Gaming is GPU not CPU limited. Hell you can max out 1 5850 with a $100 Phenom II x2.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/phenom-ii-x2-555,25...

In fact, even a 5970 get's maxed out by a Phenom II X4 at 3.2 ghz.
http://www.legionhardware.com/articles_pages/cpu_scalin...


So short answer, nothing out ATM, or in the works will max out a much cheaper CPU, nevermind a i5-750. Main reason is that until next gen consoles come out, 2014 at the earliest, no gaming company is gonna make games that won't run on 3 I guess now 4 years old console hardware.


April 6, 2010 3:30:46 PM

ok so im good with everything, except a case. and suggestions, id prefer a side window, 2 fans (120mms), only need 2 or 3 disk drive slots. THANK YOU THANK YOU
April 6, 2010 7:32:44 PM

the centurion 5 is cool too, and i just needed 2 fans, not necessarily 2 120mm ones
April 9, 2010 3:33:13 AM

The Antec 900 is $99 which makes the HAF 922 very attractive while the rebate is available......if it doesn't wow you, the 900 tho comes with some nice combo pricing opportunities....see links in my original post
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