New System - recommendations!

Hey everyone,

I'm building a system, it's my first one.

I'm on a tight budget so I'm looking to have a fast, reliable, sweet system for the money.

I won't be doing anything hrdcore on this... internet browsing/email, word processing, minor gaming (arcade/yahoo games, maybe WoW, and runescape), video conversion, dvd/cd burning, IMing. This is apersonal machine that could potentially be used in the future for a business, but still nothing hardcore.

I know AMD is cheaper, but I'm really not a fan. I've shopped around online and So far this is what I have picked out:

Gigabyte GA-H57M
Intel Core i5 660
G.Skill Ripjaws series DDR3 1600 (4GB)
Seagate Barracuda HD (SATA II 3.0 Gb/s) 500GB

I'm the i5 750 better than the 660? Because I can get it for a better deal.

I'm also wondering about which case to get, and PSU. I know it isn't recommended to get them together. I'd like a case that is cheap but good for the money. Something a bit fancy looking with some leds and a clear side panel. Preferably USB/audio ports up top instead of on bottom. A mid or full tower. Something that will keep things cool.

What size PSU will be sufficient for this machine? 500W? More or less? Keep in mind, I will also have a DVD burner and card reader. I'm not going with a huge HD cause I don't need it. I also have an external WD drive (320GBs) to hook up to it so...
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  1. yes i5 750 over 660, you can get cheap deal at microscenter. for case and psu
    Antec Nine Hundred + EA650 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 650W Power Supply
  2. its only 170 for both
  3. thanks a lot! I will go with the i5 750

    The website you suggested.. Micro Center. I think this is a US site though. I'm in canada and the sites I'mordering from are Canadian so it's all in Canadian funds and with shipping and what not...just easier to deal with Canadian websites cause of my location.

    What would be a sufficient PSU wattage though for what I need? Would I get away with anything below a 500W??
  4. also why is the 660 MORE expensive than the 750??? I assumed the higher the number the better the CPU? I don't have much experience buying processors..
  5. since my last post, here is my finalized system in more detail:

    Raidmax quantum atx-798wb black secc atx mid tower case

    G.Skill Ripjaws series 4GB (2x2GB) 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Module Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

    gigabyte GA-H57M-USB3 SOcket LGA1156 Intel H55 Chipset w/ D-Sub/DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort-channel DDR3

    2200+/1800/1600/1333/1066/800 MHz 7.1-Channel HD Audio Gigbit LAN 7xSATA 3Gb/s 2x USB 3.0+10x USB 2.0 Micro ATX

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 SATA 3.0Gb/s 500GB 16MB Cashe (OEM)

    CoolMax V-500 500W PSU

    Intel Core i5 750 quad-core socket LGA1156, 2.66 GHz, 8MB L3 cache, 45nm (retail boxed)

    I want this to be a SATA based, 64-bit system. I've heard others talk about needing extra SATA connectors or something. Just wondering if I need to pick up anything in addition to go with this? I'm also putting in dvd writer and card reader.

    I also need to know.. will a 500W power supply be sufficient? I already have a 400W one here but i suppose thats not enough? This case has like 5 led fans or somethin... please reply asap! thanks!
  6. 500W is sufficient, if you don't plan to add a gas guzzling video card or two in the future. However, I'm not sure about the brand CoolMax. I see others usually recommend OCZ, Corsair or Seasonic.

    You might also want to try using PSU calculator to get ballmark how much juice is required. This is one of the better ones:
  7. Thanks.

    I'm also unsure of the Coolmax PSU but its cheap lol. I have a working PSU - 400W but I don't think that would be quite enough.

    I read reviews of OCZ RAM, and they weren't good at all.. aparently their memory isn't very good.
  8. Would anyone be able to tell me if I should order extra cables/connectors or something for the SATA?

    And is this PSU able to connect to a SATA based board? I'm pretty sure the board I picked out is IDE and SATA compatible but...
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