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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This Week the sooner the better
BUDGET RANGE: $700-1000

SYSTEM USAGE: Primarily for Starcraft 2
PARTS I HAVE: Already have a mouse & Keyboard with a LG W2040T
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600 x 900 resolution

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or tigerdirect I'm open to suggestions

OVERCLOCKING: Not yet but I will definitely like to learn how in a few months after i build it and use it a little

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I just want to be able to run everything on max settings when Starcraft 2 comes out


Core i5-750/ASUS P55 Chipset SuperCombo

1. Intel Core i5 750 (Lynnfield) 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor (Model: BX80605I5750)
ASUS Socket 1156 Intel P55 Express Chipset Micro ATX Motherboard (Model: P7P55-M)

2. G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit (Model: F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL)

3. Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB 7200RPM 32MB cache SATA II 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (Model: ST31500341AS) - OEM

4. OCZ StealthXStream 700Watt ATX12V/EPS12V SLI & CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply (Model: OCZ700SXS)

5. NZXT LEXA S Series Black Steel Mid ATX Tower Case (Model: LEXS-001BK)

I'm Really not sure about the GPU since there isnt one that comes with this combo... I seriously dont want to break $350 on the GPU unless u guys think i should...




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  1. ^ Well that combo is good, but there are some issues with it though...
    1. The Seagate HDDs other than the 7200.12 drives have shown a high failure rate...So it might not be a good idea to get that...
    2. 700W PSU ?? IMO it is not required...A quality 500-550W would suffice...

    And as for the graphics card - Yes you wont need to spend $350 for a graphics card...
    The HD 5770 would be my choice...|14-121-363^14-121-363-TS,14-161-317^14-161-317-TS,14-150-462^14-150-462-TS
  2. Thanks for quick response... what would u suggest on the hard drive i should go with ?

    Also, I'm Not going to buy this combo then.... since i read on newegg that this particular asus mobo are having a lot of issues..... I'm willing to break the bank and spend a little more maybe around $1000-$1200 now.

    I'm thinking i Should do this now

    i5 750 processor

    EVGA motherboard (haven't decide which one)

    EVGA 012-P3-1475-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) SuperClocked

    Cosair RAM

    Cosair Power supply maybe HX750

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    I think my idea is to go with a superbad graphics card now so that later on down the road I can just get another one and add it in if i need it ?

    What are your thoughts on that?
  3. Not too sure about your graphics choice, but I'm not good at that price point, so someone else can do that better.

    I'd also recommend the Samsung 1TB F3 drive - performs about the same, but it's cheaper.
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