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I5 750 gaming build - Ordering soon

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May 24, 2010 1:57:50 PM

Hello,

Been "building" this PC for some time now, even posted some previous questions here and have been waiting for a good time to order. I now want to do so this week (prefer this afternoon) and just wanted to do a last check about parts compatibility etc. Would appreciate some input, is it good, are there clashes, am I making a silly mistake somewhere?

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

BUDGET RANGE: Around £1000, could go up to £1500 if someone can give good reason to.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Multi-boxing WoW, must be able to run several instances at high settings. SCII. D3. Would like to try some high detail games too, not sure what yet but if something great comes out later this year I want the rig to handle it well.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Periphrals like keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers etc

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: No real preference, must be in UK. At the moment got eBuyer and CCLOnline as suppliers since not everything I wanted could be sourced at same place.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United Kingdom (England)

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Possibly

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Added below part choices.

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Sapphire HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI Display Port PCI-E Graphics Card 199644 £319 eBuyer
--- Is this a decent brand?

G-Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 Ripjaw Memory Kit CL7(7-8-7-24) 1.65V 180490 £110.27 eBuyer
--- Cheapest memory around that still seems decent. Pity it's not 7-7-7-20 but it's the only G.Skill available. Any problems here, I really amy not sure about memory?

Asus P7P55D-E PRO Motherboard £169.99 CCL
--- Wanted the pro version for potential SLI.

Intel Core i5 750 2.66GHz Socket LGA1156 8MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor 172755 £155.94 eBuyer
--- Based on previous recommendations and my usage I think the i5 750 is the better choice for money over the i7.

Coolermaster Silent Pro 1000W Modular PSU 176419 £114.99 eBuyer
--- Ok, I know 1000W is overkill and I was looking at the Corsair 750W but this comes as part of a bundle with the HAF 922, and the reviews seem decent. I know

Coolermaster HAF 922 Mid Tower Case - No PSU 164961 £83.31 eBuyer
--- See above

Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (HD502HJ) x 2 £74.97 eBuyer
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler £22.22 CCL
Samsung SH-S223 22X DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA - OEM Black 145450 £14.99 eBuyer
Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound Thermal paste 3.5gram 126410 £5.69 eBuyer
Plexus Serial ATA 2.0 (SATA) 7-pin Cable (Red) 61cm / 24" 151962 £2.55 eBuyer

Total : £1,074

Thanks
May 24, 2010 2:07:53 PM

Looked great until that CM PSU. That's a POS and you'll never need 1kW. Grab a 750W unit from any of the following: Corsair, Antec, SeaSonic, or Silverstone. Those will all be high quality, and you don't want to skmip on the PSU. Poor quality PSUs have a tendency to fail and when they do, they tend to take other parts with them.

I'd also leave out the Arctic Silver. Themeral compound doesn't make a hge difference and unless you're trying for an absolutely mammoth overclock, there isn't a need for it.

You probably don't need the SATA cable either. The board should come with a few. I think most of them come with four.
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May 24, 2010 2:49:25 PM

The HX is modular, which means you can remove excess cables. It's also more efficient. I personally don't recommend the modular units because of the added price if you have a bottom mounted case, which you do. The reason is that the cables already sit at the bottom of the case, so they're out of the way of airflow. If you bought a modular PSU, you'd be paying for the cable management feature twice.
May 24, 2010 3:00:30 PM

Great, thanks!
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