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April 17, 2010 5:02:57 PM

I've been working on this build for the last few months and finally have it all put together and up and running.

I will primarily be using it for Starcraft II, any comments, suggestions, or "I would have done this instead of this" would be appreciated. I wanted a high end, but not top of the line system at the best price possible.

CPU : Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - $189.99

Mobo: ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - $159.99

Graphics cards: 2 x DIAMOND 4770PE5512 Radeon HD 4770 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16(In crossfire at x8 x8 due to mobo not sure if it would have been worth the extra money to get a x16 x16 mobo, from what i read i didn't think it was) - $62 each

HD: 2 x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5 (In Raid 0 Array) - $75 each (Included a thermal take external docking station)

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-2GBRH - $139.99

Optical Drive
: Sony Optiarc AD-7240S-0B SATA 24X DVD/CD burner - $21.99

Power Supply: PC Power and Cooling S75QB Silencer 750W - $69.99

Case: Antec Three Hundred Gaming Case - $54.95

OS: Win7 Pro 64bit

I used 3DMark06 to benchmark it (Any other recommendations for benchmarking?):
3DMark Score 17439 3DMarks
SM 2.0 Score 6791
SM 3.0 Score 8814
CPU Score 4358

Total cost: ~$760 with tax and shipping (I used mail in rebates and bing cashback on many of the items to keep the price as low as possible)


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April 17, 2010 5:20:22 PM

Bryan, you did well! Wise of you to use rebates, cash back, etc. to reduce costs. Hope you have Win 7 64-bit OS
April 17, 2010 7:42:07 PM

Ubrales said:
Bryan, you did well! Wise of you to use rebates, cash back, etc. to reduce costs. Hope you have Win 7 64-bit OS

Thanks, I am running win7 pro 64bit. I have updated that in the post.
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April 17, 2010 7:49:21 PM

Include these build specs in your Member Configuration - you may check mine in case you need some type of format.
By doing so, members can refer to your build specs in replies to future posts.
April 25, 2010 9:14:19 PM

Can find i7 860 at microcenter if you have one local for 200.00. Hyperthreading is WIN.

Otherwise not bad..I am also not a big fan of dual video cards.

NewEGG processor prices<Microcenter

If u can make the drive.
April 26, 2010 1:45:08 AM

right now (in beta) SC2 doesn't like crossfired cards.

The game will run but there will be graphics bugs making it unplayable 30% of the time.

The only way to play it right now with xfire is to disable all but 1 graphic card.

Will have to wait on AMD to bring out new drivers for the game.

I'd suggest dropping your 4770's and picking up 1 5770.
April 26, 2010 11:27:35 AM

Oh just noticed. I would have gone with 4gb of memory. 2gb of memory is fail on a new pc running a 64 os.