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April 25, 2010 5:54:59 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week 4/26/2010

BUDGET RANGE: $1000-1100 before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, Starcraft 2

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.

PARTS PREFERENCES: I'd like to use a Intel i7 and ATI Radeon 5850

OVERCLOCKING:

Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:, I would like a quiet PC

Here's a list of the parts I'm currently considering:

Case- COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU- Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU- POWERCOLOR PCS+ AX5850 1GBD5-PPDHG2 Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply- OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo- 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...

RAMM- Any suggestions?

HDD- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This will be the first computer I ever built! I have a friend helping me but we definitely need some second opinions. I am not even 100% sure these parts are compatible. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!
April 25, 2010 6:10:31 AM

Your computer seems like a great build I would however buy these instead:

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

New version of your case has better cable routing

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

This CPU will work with the motherboard you picked you had a 1366 with an 1156 motherboard, my suggestions
keep the board drop that CPU you chose and go with the one I selected

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Video card that one is awesome go with XFX better warranty - dual lifetime, ie you sell it passes on the warranty
newegg seems to be out at the moment next company I could choose would be EVGA lifetime warranty

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Hard drive I like Western Digital there warranty is awesome get a black with 6.0Gbs since your motherboard supports it

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All else seems fine, I will get back later about ram if someone else doesn't help first

April 25, 2010 7:26:21 AM

If all you're gonna really be doing with the rig is gaming, I'd go with the i5-750 to save some cash.

Here ya go:

Case + PSU: Antec 902 + Antec Earthwatts 750w

CPU: i5-750

Mobo + RAM: ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 + G. Skill 2x2gb Ripjaws CAS 7

GPU: ASUS 5850

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB

ODD: LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner

Total comes to $1,105.44. You can crossfire another 5850 later, and if you plan on overclocking, here's a good cooler... CoolerMaster Hyper 212+

Also, if you're wanting to drop more from the total, you can go from 1TB to this 500gb HDD.
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April 25, 2010 4:29:25 PM

Hey guys thx for all the help! So the i5 would be sufficient? In what applications would you need the i7? Also I was wondering about the RAM I was originally interest in 6gigs. Here is the one I am looking at now.

RAM- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8T-6GBRM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Would there be any noticeable difference if i went with 6gigs over 4?
Thanks again for all your help!
April 25, 2010 4:39:50 PM

Cmarkus0 said:
Hey guys thx for all the help! So the i5 would be sufficient? In what applications would you need the i7? Also I was wondering about the RAM I was originally interest in 6gigs. Here is the one I am looking at now.

RAM- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8T-6GBRM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Would there be any noticeable difference if i went with 6gigs over 4?
Thanks again for all your help!


The i7 has hyperthreading which is really only useful when doing some encoding or handling multithreaded programs. The i5 is great for someone that'll just be gaming.

As for the RAM, the motherboards that the i7 uses prefer triple channel RAM. So you'd get 6gb of RAM if you were going with an i7. However the 1156 socket motherboards use dual channel. So it's best to go with a dual channel RAM over a triple channel.
April 25, 2010 7:31:20 PM

Ok, so I think I am going to go with the build 123miah suggested

Case + PSU: Antec 902 + Antec Earthwatts 750w

CPU:i5-750

Mobo + RAM: ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 + G. Skill 2x2gb Ripjaws CAS 7

GPU: ASUS 5850

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB

ODD: LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner

Does anyone have any second opinions on this build?
Also the ODD seems to be a link to a HDD can someone suggest one that is good and cheap. I will barley be burning anything so something basic should suffice.
April 25, 2010 11:31:53 PM

Cmarkus0 said:
Ok, so I think I am going to go with the build 123miah suggested

Case + PSU: Antec 902 + Antec Earthwatts 750w

CPU:i5-750

Mobo + RAM: ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 + G. Skill 2x2gb Ripjaws CAS 7

GPU: ASUS 5850

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB

ODD: LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner

Does anyone have any second opinions on this build?
Also the ODD seems to be a link to a HDD can someone suggest one that is good and cheap. I will barley be burning anything so something basic should suffice.


My bad, lol. It was late. Hereya go.

LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner
April 26, 2010 11:46:27 AM

I just noticed my motherboard is for PCI 2.0 and the graphics card is PCI 2.1. Would they work together?
April 26, 2010 3:41:17 PM

Cmarkus0 said:
I just noticed my motherboard is for PCI 2.0 and the graphics card is PCI 2.1. Would they work together?


Yes, they will. And it's 143miah, xD
April 26, 2010 5:48:40 PM

Hehe 143miah! got it. I just bought all the parts!! I'll let you know how it turns out. Thx for all the help again. : )
April 26, 2010 8:12:31 PM

Cmarkus0 said:
Hehe 143miah! got it. I just bought all the parts!! I'll let you know how it turns out. Thx for all the help again. : )


No problem.
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