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May 7, 2010 4:09:25 PM

hello again everybody
this is my edited post, since my last post is dot detailed enough
well here it goes

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next month
BUDGET RANGE: $1500-$2000(although the chepaer the better)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming-programming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, soundcard
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: none
PARTS PREFERENCES: none
OVERCLOCKING: No
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200

-Motherboard : P6X58D Premium
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-CPU : Intel® Core™ i7-930 Processor (8M Cache, 2.80 GHz, 4.80 GT/s Intel® QPI)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Heatsink : Scythe Kabuto SCKBT-1000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Memory : Kingston PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAMDIMM KVR1333D3N9/4G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Video Card : GeForce GTX 260
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-HDD : Western Digital SATA 6Gb/sec 1TB Caviar Black (WD1002FAEX)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-DVD Drive : LG GGC-H20N
http://www.videohelp.com/dvdwriters/lg-ggc-h20n/2138

-Case : Antec Nine Hundred
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

tell me what do you think?
i'm not really sure about the memory and the DVD Drive, are those good? can you tell me about other brands?

any suggestion is deeply appreciated
thank you

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May 7, 2010 4:10:35 PM

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May 7, 2010 4:13:38 PM

What's the budget? What are you using it for/ You might want to follow the guidelines from the link in my signature.

I can already tell you that I don't like the HSF, RAM, GPU, HDD and case.

Judging from the parts, here's what I'd recommend buying for gaming:


CPU/Mobo: i5-750 and Asus P7P55D-E Pro $375. The i7 doesn't add to gaming, so save your money.
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $120. Faster/higher quality sticks.
GPU: HD 5870 $395. A much, much better GPU.
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $75. A cheaper HDD that's just as fast.
PSU: Corsair 750W $100 after rebate. Wasn't listed.
Case: HAF 922 $100. A bigger/better case
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $20
HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $30. A better/cheaper cooler.

Total: $1,215

If it's more of a productivity build:

CPU/Mobo: i7-930 and Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R $480. A much cheaper board that doesn't really lose anything in terms of features/performance.
RAM: G.Skill Pi 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $190. Faster sticks.
GPU: HD 5850 $305. Another better GPU.
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $75
Case/PSU: Antec 300 Illusion and Earthwatts 650W $115
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $20
HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $30

Total: $1,215
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May 7, 2010 5:21:56 PM

MadAdmiral said:
What's the budget? What are you using it for/ You might want to follow the guidelines from the link in my signature.

I can already tell you that I don't like the HSF, RAM, GPU, HDD and case.

Judging from the parts, here's what I'd recommend buying for gaming:


CPU/Mobo: i5-750 and Asus P7P55D-E Pro $375. The i7 doesn't add to gaming, so save your money.
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $120. Faster/higher quality sticks.
GPU: HD 5870 $395. A much, much better GPU.
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $75. A cheaper HDD that's just as fast.
PSU: Corsair 750W $100 after rebate. Wasn't listed.
Case: HAF 922 $100. A bigger/better case
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $20
HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $30. A better/cheaper cooler.

Total: $1,215

If it's more of a productivity build:

CPU/Mobo: i7-930 and Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R $480. A much cheaper board that doesn't really lose anything in terms of features/performance.
RAM: G.Skill Pi 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $190. Faster sticks.
GPU: HD 5850 $305. Another better GPU.
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $75
Case/PSU: Antec 300 Illusion and Earthwatts 650W $115
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $20
HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $30

Total: $1,215


thank you so much MadAmiral, you gave me a lot of new info.
btw, which one is better the HD 5870 or the gtx 285?
May 7, 2010 5:26:33 PM

Hands down the 5870. If you're wanting a nVidia equivalent, the GTX 480 is the only real competition. It's $100 more than the 5870, run hotter, louder and uses a LOT of power (something like double what the 5870 uses).
May 8, 2010 1:53:27 AM

i have reviewed you suggestions MadAdmiral, and i have a few questions

1) i live in japan, and it seems that japan p7p55d e-pro is not sold here. though there are p7p55d e-evo and p7p55d e-deluxe. which one do you think i should get?

2) i read on the internet that kingston is a better brand for RAM but people in this forum tends to choose G. Skill. can you convince me to buy G Skill? or better explain why they are better?

3) in japan, the Coolermaster hyper 212 plus is more expensive than schyte kabuto sckbt-1000. about $10 difference. which one do you think i should get?

thanks a lot in advance
May 10, 2010 12:29:40 PM

1) Did you add an extra "e" on the Evo? I can't seem to find a P75P55D-E Evo, but there is a P7P55D Evo. If the choice is between those two boards, they're basically the same, except the Deluxe has USB 3/SATA III support and the Evo doesn't. Of course, over here, the Deluxe is really, really expensive...

2) Kingston is a budget RAM brand. G.Skill is a high performance brand. G.Skill RAM is the best for overclocking, and it's typically the cheapest for the specs. Kingston generally doesn't have the higher performing sticks.

3) I'd say the Coolermaster is better. You may want to check the price on a Scythe Mugen 2. It's slightly better than the Coolermaster, but over here it's more expensive.
May 11, 2010 12:14:02 PM

1.) Evo would be great.

3.) You definitely don't need an aftermarket cooler if you're not overclocking.
May 12, 2010 8:19:00 AM

I usually get an aftermarket cooler regardless of overclocking due to the fact hey tend to be quiet (The stock ones can sometimes be a bit noisy. ) and I never know if in the future I may need to OC to extend the life of my computer. But like Admiral said, they aren't needed if you are not OCing, so if you need to save a bit of cash don't get it. You can always get one in the future if you decide you need it
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