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Any tips? I think I have a solid first build.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next couple months BUDGET RANGE: Would like it to be <1200

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Internet, Gaming, Music

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I like for things to be high quality, I would rather compromise on clock speed, etc, then compromise on the quality of the product

OVERCLOCKING: Probably not SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe crossfire

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Not high at all

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is going to be used for college, I plan to use it for a long time, so the all-powerful "future-proof" would be nice.

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This is what I have so far, any tips would be great on cutting cost or raising performance

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

XFX HD-577A-ZHFC Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ...

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

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS-324-98

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
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    Looks pretty good. I recommend you swap the WD Black for the Samsung F3 500GB/1TB which are faster.

    Again, depending on what you do, you could save a bunch of money by getting a Athlon II X3 and a good AM3 board. The X3 Oced will be more than enough for most games.

    This ASUS board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131402&cm_re=am3_evo-_-13-131-402-_-Product
    and this Athlon X3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103724&cm_re=athlon_ii_x3-_-19-103-724-_-Product
    will save you ~$135 over the Intel. This money is better off being spent on a better GPU, SSD,etc. Pretty much any recent Intel/AMD CPU will NOT bottleneck a 5770. You can easilly hit 3.3-3.6Ghz on the X3.

    You could also swap out the case to a CoolerMaster Scout for $20 less: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119196&cm_re=cooler_master_scout-_-11-119-196-_-Product

    Get this Gskill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 for a $1 more: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

    If you are overclocking, get a Hyper 212+.

    Btw, what resolution, detail, and games do you plan to play? If the LCD you have right now is LESS THAN 1680*1050, I recommend you get a new LCD.
  2. I only didn't go with the 1600 because it wasn't listed as a memory standard on the MOBO, I don't know if that makes a dif though in this case.
  3. Oh, and I have a really old school 24" which I don't believe is LCD, but I love that thing, I would get a monitor later on
  4. linkidaman said:
    I only didn't go with the 1600 because it wasn't listed as a memory standard on the MOBO, I don't know if that makes a dif though in this case.

    The DDR3 1600 will work just fine. However, to actually get the DDR3 1600 speed, you MAY need to adjust some settings in BIOS.
  5. linkidaman said:
    Oh, and I have a really old school 24" which I don't believe is LCD, but I love that thing, I would get a monitor later on

    What resolution?
  6. I just looked at it and all the writing on the back is Japanese, so I'm not sure. I'll try to find the specs somewhere online.

    I may need to scrap this build and go for something where I can afford a new LCD
  7. I really like your suggestion on the AMD to save that money, that alone is enough for a new monitor.
  8. How do I update BIOS settings?

    Sorry for the noob, haha
  9. I picked out a monitor with 1600x900 resolution


    Hanns·G HH201HPB Black 20" 5ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254046

    Edit: Changed my mind
    ASUS VH222H Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236053
  10. linkidaman said:
    How do I update BIOS settings?

    Sorry for the noob, haha

    You really wouldn't need to unless you want the max performance of the RAMin benchmarks. In real world performance, RAM timing/speed doesn't matter. The DDR3 1600 will run at DDR3 1333 if not adjusted in BIOS. The motherboard manual will provide more info.
  11. linkidaman said:
    I picked out a monitor with 1600x900 resolution


    Hanns·G HH201HPB Black 20" 5ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254046

    Edit: Changed my mind
    ASUS VH222H Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236053

    Yup. Go with the ASUS. My friend recently bought that exact one and it works quite well with his 5850.
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