First Build Question! (Motherboard issues and system specs! HELP!)

I'm just checking in, as a first time computer builder, because I'm having issues over motherboard selection.

First, here's everything i've chosen.

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH

Antec 900 Case (On the way)

300GB Western Digital HDD (Reusing current one)

POWERCOLOR PCS+ AX5770 1GBD5-PPG Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card

i5 750 Lynnfield

Windows 7 64 bit OEM

OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Sound is a HUGE issue for me. I've checked all my components, they're rated as quiet. The Antec 900 is "quiet" as well with big fans and adjustable speeds.

Now, on to Motherboard(s). Until today, I was totally sure I was going to buy the P7P55D Asus mobo, specifically this one: [...] 6813131404

However, I read in a review that it is obsolete? The mobo I was reccomended to was this one: [...] 6813131621, the P7P55D - E PRO.

Is i worth the extra 50? My budget is pretty spent at 800 already. My main purpose is gaming, but nothing too serious like Crysis. I'll be playing things like Heroes of Newerth, Grid, Dirt 2, Just Cause 2 and what not.

Any help is much appreciated.
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  1. Bad links...

    And who said the P7P55D Asus is obsolete? Maybe not available but definitely not obsolete. Some say that socket 1156 is a dead end, though specially if you pair it with an i5 750. It depends on who's talking.

    Anyway, I can not see your budget for the motherboard so I just give you a list of choices:
  2. I assumed saying the budget was 50 more than the D was fine... But it's less than 100-170. Thanks for the help.
  3. I'd recommend the ASUS P7P55D-E Pro which you can get w/ the i5-750 in this combo

    RAM - These are $10 cheaper and also CAS 7

    Case / PSU - I'd have taken the 902 over the 900, but this is the PSU I'd put in it

    IMO, the 550 watter is a bit light for twin GFX cards and given your selection of the 5770, if you move to playing DX11 at 1920 x 1200, you will be a bit underpowered so you'll want the option to add a 2nd one in XFire.

    I'd also grab one of these for the old HD

    And get a newer, faster 500 GB per platter drive such as the Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12

    Finally, a scythe 2100 CPU Heat Sink ($34) should handle your OC'ing needs.
  4. Quote:
    I assumed saying the budget was 50 more than the D was fine... But it's less than 100-170. Thanks for the help.

    Do you mean it's between $100-170? If yes, here is a narrowed down choice for you:

    It has at least 1 good review. Check other reviews if you like:
  5. Jack, is the RAM you suggested compatible for:


    Also, is it better than my previously selected G.SKILL(See previous link in past post)?
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