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May 15, 2010 3:35:48 AM

Hello. I'm completely new here--as in just registered like forty seconds ago... Recenetly I had my house broken into and a bunch of things were taken from me. Bummer... Well that was three weeks ago and I'm just about over it... My computer that was taken was a pos HP laptop that didn't game... very well (though I still lagged my way through Naxx40. ;)  I had been setting money aside to buy something from best buy that will play SCII and who knows, maybe I'll pick up cataclysm.. But probably not. In any event, my girlfriends brother told me to scrap that plan, do a little researching on my own to figure out what I need, and then just build one myself.

So I find myself here...

I sure hope this doesn't blend in with all the other cookie cutter posts that all you knowledgeable folks probably see on a daily basis. As a caveat, I'm not extremely knowledgeable when it comes to this stuff but I've done a little researching for the past week or so and this is what I've come up with so far. If something doesn't look copacetic or non-compatible please let me know. I'm about to put in this order within a week or so. Thank you in advance for looking through this. I'm getting very, very, excited.

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next paycheck... hopefully.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, media, eventually audio recording...

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Don't need a keyboard.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: US -- mostly newegg.

PARTS PREFERENCES: No particular prefernces here--other than I hear good thing about the i7 processors.

OVERCLOCKING: Need clarification on this subject. If anyone knows a good link that explains this in lamens terms I'd love to read it.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 I suppose.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want this to be somewhat functional for a long time. I'm trying to find the happy compromise between a good value and what's not brand new on the market and therefore priced accordingly.

Question numero uno would be, am I missing any integral parts?
Question two would be--is all this compatibly sound?
Question three, any suggestions for this much more for better quality or for this much less for virtually no loss in quality.

Any critquing would be well appreciated.


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=N82E16813131621

Cpu
Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I7860
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115214

Cpu fan -- (Necessary? Seems inexpensive enough...)
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" ....
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

Gpu
DIAMOND 5870PE51G Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115202

Ram
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/Produc...82E16819115202

Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136284

DVD/CD Drive
ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827135204

Power Supply
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...[/url]

Moniter
HannsĀ·G HH-281HPB Black 28" 3ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...[/url]

Case/Tower
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

Thank you very, very much in advance for reading through this and any possible suggestions.
Take care.
-Justin Butler.
May 15, 2010 3:52:33 AM

Welcome to the forum. Nice job picking out your parts!
1) No, you've got everything
2) Yes, it is
3) Some options
Maybe get the Spinpoint instead
HDD:
  • Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB -$90-

    You could get a 750W PSU and still allow for future crossfire, but you don't have to
    PSU:
  • Antec TP-750 -$120-

    I believe there's a guide over in the Overclocking forum that you might find of use.
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    May 15, 2010 6:08:17 PM

    Sweet. Thanks for the feedback.
    A few more questions..

    Do I need any extra cables or anything like that to connect all the components or will the motherboard and whatnot come with that stuff?

    What's the difference between SLI and crossfire? I know it has something to do with running two cards in parralell but is it designed to have two of the same GPU? Or can you run different graphic cards.. Logic would tell me that if you have two different qualities of graphic cards, the faster one would have to synch with the slower of the two and therefore decreasing performance? No? yes? .. sorry.. totally uninformed when it comes to this stuff./

    Edit:: Disregard last question--just read a nice informative thread about the above..

    Still wondering if there are any reasonable upgrades I'm missing however.. Or if I need to purchase any extra cables.
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    May 15, 2010 7:29:37 PM

    You will need some thermal paste/compound to put where the CPU cooler makes contact with the CPU. The thinner the better.

    Have you considered the HAF 922, it is usually much cheaper than the 932 and it's not much smaller at all.

    Personally I would go for a video card with a larger fan as it likely to be quieter for the cooling performance. Such as this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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    May 15, 2010 9:53:08 PM

    In this case, (heh, heh) they're out of stock.. /shrug

    I'll probably just stick with the 32, I heard something about better circulation for larger cases--not sure if I'll necessarily need that though.



    Will I need a seperate fan for my Cpu? Is that generally recommended? Let's pretend somewhere on down the road I'll need to push more performance out of my computer and I might need to overclock it.
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    May 15, 2010 10:24:19 PM

    As said Spinpoint F3 1tb

    Get a Cas7 of those G.Skill Ripjaws ddr3 1600.

    Haf922 is just as nice and cheaper. The Haf932 is barely any bigger then the 922. I think you're under the impression that the Haf922 is a small case. By no means is it small and it certainly can fit every and anything.

    Paste is always a good thing, not necessarily related to Heatsinks :) .

    No you don't need a separate fan (hsf) for your cpu but you should. By should I mean buy it.

    Also why not an i7-930 and a 1366 board? I know it's more money but you're spending nearly as much on the mobo and board as is. Only thing extra would be another buck for the 6 gb ram kit.

    You don't need any extra cables, the mobo and case comes with everything.

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    May 15, 2010 11:08:02 PM

    do you need hyper threading? if not just get cheaper i5 750
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    May 17, 2010 6:12:45 PM

    fastx21 said:
    As said Spinpoint F3 1tb

    Get a Cas7 of those G.Skill Ripjaws ddr3 1600.

    Haf922 is just as nice and cheaper. The Haf932 is barely any bigger then the 922. I think you're under the impression that the Haf922 is a small case. By no means is it small and it certainly can fit every and anything.

    Paste is always a good thing, not necessarily related to Heatsinks :) .

    No you don't need a separate fan (hsf) for your cpu but you should. By should I mean buy it.

    Also why not an i7-930 and a 1366 board? I know it's more money but you're spending nearly as much on the mobo and board as is. Only thing extra would be another buck for the 6 gb ram kit.

    You don't need any extra cables, the mobo and case comes with everything.


    What would be the benefit of getting a 1366 board in conjunction with the 930?
    In fact what's the difference in model numbers for the i5, i7 processors? Are they any faster?
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    May 17, 2010 8:01:45 PM

    I wouldn't get a socket 1366 i7 build for gaming. It would not be an improvement over your 1156 build. The difference between the i5 750 and i7 860 (besides a slight clock increase) is that the i5 lacks hyperthreading, which also will have no impact on gaming performance.
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    May 18, 2010 10:08:13 PM

    What would be a comperable mobo/cpu combo on the AMD side of things? I hear there's one processor they have that has six cores? o.O

    How does that compare to the i7?
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    May 19, 2010 1:03:06 AM

    The closest you would get is the X4 955, the X6 1090T performs about the same for gaming. Both are outperformed by the Intels.
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    May 19, 2010 1:07:28 AM

    Seem pretty clearcut to me. Guess I'll just stick with that path I'm on.
    Thanks for everyone's advice and whatnot, much apprecaited.
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