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

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May 16, 2010 8:51:01 PM

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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May 16, 2010 9:06:55 PM

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=N82E168...
and this Athlon X3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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=N82E168...

Get this Gskill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 for a $1 more: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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.
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May 16, 2010 9:08:41 PM

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.
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May 16, 2010 9:15:24 PM

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
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May 16, 2010 9:15:31 PM

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.
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May 16, 2010 9:19:27 PM

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?
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May 16, 2010 9:28:57 PM

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
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May 16, 2010 9:31:17 PM

I really like your suggestion on the AMD to save that money, that alone is enough for a new monitor.
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May 16, 2010 9:36:16 PM

How do I update BIOS settings?

Sorry for the noob, haha
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May 16, 2010 11:03:14 PM

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.
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May 17, 2010 3:33:53 AM
May 24, 2010 1:56:36 PM

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