Final Check

I'm about to go through with the purchase of a new i5 build and was just wondering if you guys could check if i left anything out or if anyone has any other recommendations.

here's the proposed build: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=13100445 (let me know if the link works)

i was originally going to go with a slightly cheaper set up that involved 2 5770's a different power supply and RAM

but after realizing that through combo deals and savings i could bring the price of the top build down to almost the same as the second one i decided that it would be better overall.


edit: picture of newegg shopping cart

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  1. Only thing I would say is that is a crazy price for the 212+. I would buy it elsewhere, or if you're firm on buying from Newegg get the Scythe Mugen 2 Rev B. It's better, and cheaper.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142
  2. wow thanks, i didn't even realize that was the Mugen 2 [:bohleyk:7] and there's a combo deal with the i5!
  3. you can also get that mobo and psu combo.
  4. GFX Card - The Asus Card is only $329 and might ease TS headaches if you have a problem
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121372

    RAM - Unless you using LN2 for cooling, I wouldn't invest in anything faster than DDR3-1600. Only $110 for these CAS 7 babies
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145285

    Hard Drives - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The 2 TB WD Black and XT from Seagate are good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):

    (http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-hard-drive-charts/compare,1006.html?prod[2371]=on&prod[2770]=on)

    Look at the tests that reflect your usage and choose accordingly.

    Case / PSU - For same price, could do major upgrade on Case / PSU....PSU handles twin 470's
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.387490

    Heat Sink - Scythe 2100 soundly beats the 212
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835202006

    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=432&Itemid=62&limit=1&limitstart=23
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=492&Itemid=62&limit=1&limitstart=4
  5. ^ thanks for the advice on the hard drives, i am looking to use this for gaming more than anything else so one of the Seagate drives might be a better choice for me.

    i chose that ram because it came in a combo deal with the gtx 470 that saved 40$ of the final price. I think you're right that the ddr3-2000 isn't worth it, i was thinking that since the ram came a 1333 stock speed i would just up it to 1600 and change the timings accordingly

    and I'm kinda new with the acronyms, what TS headaches are you thinking of


    thanks a lot for all the help


    p.s. this is only going to be my second build
  6. bumping for opinions
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