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April 13, 2010 5:10:09 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:About a month from now. < $1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, photo editing, internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) keyboard, mouse, monitor speakers: already have those

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, US

PARTS PREFERENCES: none really

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: NO

MONITOR RESOLUTION:1680 x 1060

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Will be using 2 HD's from my previous build. 320GB Seagate 7200.10 series - one for photo storage, another for games/photoshop and other apps. The new HD will be for OS, Antivirus, etc

New parts as follows:
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Lian Li case
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Corsair 750W
Can i get away with 550W assuming one videocard?
CPU: i5-750
Video: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Sapphire 5830 1GB
Ram: 8gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... G.SKill ripjaw 8g (4x2gb)
MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS: Windows 7 premium (biostar t5 xe 1156)
HD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Western Digital Caviar Black 500gb
Total: $1225.00

Anywhere you would suggest spending more $$?

Thanks

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April 13, 2010 5:15:14 PM

When you post parts, people would rather see the list and not have to click on the links - it takes us less time.

Ok...just to start:

You listed gaming as the top priority, but the 5830 will not be too great for gaming. I'd go at least 5850, especially if you are willing to spend $1500

8GB RAM is overkill. I'd save the cash there to boost the graphics card.

I'd go with a board by Gigabyte or Asus instead of the one you selected.

The PSU will be OK for one graphics card, as long as there is enough power in the 12v rail. It will not allow for expansion and may be tight, but Corsair is an excellent brand.

Those are my initial thoughts.
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April 13, 2010 5:24:15 PM

My bad, made a quick edit and posted brief part descriptions. If i wanted to save money would you recommend going to the Ati 5770 over the 5830? I figured i'd get the 8gb of RAM to help with photosphop and also if i am correct, the games i mostly play (mmorpg's), are RAM hogs as well? didnt mention this in orginal post.

I will look into a GB or Asus board. REgarding the PSU, i'll look at the 650w Corsair- a mid point between what i originally selected and the 550w.

Thank
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April 13, 2010 9:53:04 PM

At your resolution, the 5770 should be fine for the time being.

If you do a lot of photoshop, 8 GB will be worthwhile. There's an instinctive reaction around here to instantly tell everyone to scale back to 4 GB, since most of the builds posted are solely gaming builds, which don't benefit from more than 4 GB currently.
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April 13, 2010 10:25:25 PM

thanks to everyone for their input
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April 13, 2010 11:54:15 PM

PSU - 50 watts more gets you Xfire capability so I'd go with at least 650 watter....the two sweet spots PSU wise are 650 watts and 850 watts.....

GFX - At 1650 res, you don't need a 5850.....a 5770 will do. At 1920 x 1200, you'll want a 5850 (or nVidia 470)

RAM - drop down to 4 Gigs and get a better MoBo....highly recommended that you get an Asus USB 3 / SATA III board

MoBo: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro

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

Hard Drive : Suggest Seagate 7200.12 or Samsung F3

Significant OC's will require 3rd party HS

For performance and ease of installation, the Prolimatech Megahalems fits both criteria. Mega w/ IC Diamond TIM and twin Scythe PWMfans ($65 for the HS, $7 for TIM, $11 each for two PWM fans and $7 for a Y cable splitter).

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8807/cpu-pro-01/Proli...
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/7038/thr-41/Innovatio...
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10026/fan-639/Scythe_...
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8418/cab-150/FrozenCP...

If that's a budget breaker, look at the Xigmnatec S1283 or one of the others here:
http://www.silentpcreview.com/Recommended_Heatsinks
http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm#INTELHEATSI...
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

pick a TIM from the top few here:
http://www.hwreviewlabs.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/therma...
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
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