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June 5, 2010 1:24:45 AM

Hey, i know it has been asked before, but im building my first pc and need help. am building a gamer/multimedia pc, one that's fast enough so i wont have to upgrade for a while. i live in the US.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within 2 wks
BUDGET RANGE:~$1000, preferably less
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PARTS PREFERENCES: so far:
i5-750 $195
nvidia gts-250 or raedon hd 5750 $120/150
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-nVidia-GeForce-PCI-Express-0...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
mid-tower cooler master chassis $40

NEED:
1156 p55 mobo
500gb or so hard drive
dvd/cd rom, maybe blu-ray enabled
4gb ddr3
psu 550w or more

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200

Any suggestions or modifications to my list would be appreciated!

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June 5, 2010 1:32:26 AM

The samsung F3 is a nice fast 500GB HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gskill Ecos are a nice, fast, reasonably priced, low voltage DDR3 kit, the low voltage gives you lots of room to OC them if you want
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you get the CPU off of newegg(assuming you havent bought it yet) you can combo it with a nice ASUS motherboard to save a bit more than ewiz saves you
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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June 5, 2010 4:37:23 AM

any reason why i should go with the raedon?
also, i dont want to spend too much, is the $30 woth it when going from a 5750 to 5770?
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June 5, 2010 4:43:07 AM

I recommended ATI over Nvidia is because for the same price range you get a more powerful GPU and DX11 support, which Nvidia doesn't provide under $250.

The 5750 and GTS 250 are not the best of gaming graphics cards. You will get better gaming performance with the 5770, which is why I recommened it over the other two.
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June 5, 2010 4:48:32 AM

i found a combo on ewiz with the i5-750 and Asus P7P55D-E PRO Socket 1156/ Intel P55/ SATA3&USB 3.0/ ATX Motherboard for $370, while what seems like the same combo on newegg for $4 more with the cpu and ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard.
are these the same, or am i missing something? id rather ship from newegg.
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June 5, 2010 5:11:05 AM

Yes, they are the same thing / combo.
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June 5, 2010 8:41:14 AM

go with techmo suggestion for 5770...it is not worth getting a 5750 now and you want your rig for gaming

Samsung spinpoint F3 is the best choice right now for HDD

and for blueray unless you are going to use it often i would not go for it...i don't really think is worth it...as DVD quality is not bad and for a DVD drive just pick any...they are all about the same price....i have a LG one right now and it works great
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June 5, 2010 3:01:53 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
5770 + antec earthwatts 650w 80plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
OCZ 4gb ddr3 1333 + Phenom II x4 955 MBOX (C3 stepping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
ASRock 870 Extreme3 (allows crossfire on a 870 board) + free random cable
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Xigmatek MIDGARD-W (awesome case upgradeable up to 6 or 7 fans)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate 1tb 7200.12 (only $50) with promotional code
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Lite-on cd/dvd burner


i just bought this one myself, i dont know if you are against AMD at all, but this is a great deal.

and you can get a aftermarket heatsink, and at this price you could get another 5770 for crossfire and still be under 1000.

i agree with jack-85 about the spinpoint but for the price of the seagate 1tb (which is only very slightly worse than the spinpoint, i think the seagate is better
not quite sure but i think there is something like 180-200 dollars worth of savings with this deal.
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June 6, 2010 6:47:44 PM

requiemsallure, im not an amd hater, but for various reasons im definately going with the i5-750.

what promo code are ou talking about? it says the seagate 1tb is $80, not $50

is there anything wrong with the case i picked out? jut wondering if it'll fit everything, seeing as how you suggested a different case...
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June 6, 2010 7:21:35 PM

for the case it depends on your use for it, however the case you have on your list has no cable management features and it doesnt have too many expansions for fans. the Xigmatek has room for lots of expansion, and has some cable management features to help improve airflow. also if it is a case do you care about having a side window or not? i can find you a really good case for cheap without a side window.

as far as the 1tb 7200.12, i guess it was a limited time promo code, although it was shorter than i thought. in anycase this is a good deal too

http://www.ctistore.com/product/1/code,ST3500418AS.html

Seagate 7200.12 500GB $4
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btw do you live near a microcenter?
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June 6, 2010 7:40:46 PM

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=I5-750BOX&src=FR&pi...
i5-750
$180 with promotional code GRAD15
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Thermaltake 750w 80Plus PSU + Seagate 7200.12 500GB
75$AR
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June 6, 2010 7:52:09 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
P7P55D-E PRO + Asus CuCore 5770
$318AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mushkin DDR3 1333 CAS 7
$99AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827106289
Lite-on cd/dvd burner
$20

Get back to me on the case question, if you need a side window then i still say the xigmatek, if you don't let me know. with all of the above and the xigmatek before shipping and after rebates it comes out to

~752

before rebates it comes out to

~812

and for that price with your $1000 price cap you could add another 5770 to it.

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June 6, 2010 8:35:24 PM

^ or you can switch to one 5850 with 1000 price cap....so later on you can add another for crossfire
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June 11, 2010 2:50:19 AM

my purchase date got set back to mid july. ill have to get back to you guys later, seeing as how prices change. sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused, but you have all been a great help to me in deciding parts and ideas, thanks!
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June 11, 2010 4:25:26 AM

no problem!
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June 11, 2010 1:49:37 PM

With a nice processor like that and at that resolution and with that budget.. definitely consider the 5850. Please.
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July 27, 2010 5:03:29 AM

im back! well, so far here's my parts list:

i5-750+NZXT M59 case--$224

Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM + ASUS P7P55D-E Pro--$260

radeon 5770 (x2 in crossfire later)--$155

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus--$30

Seagate 1.5tb hd + thermaltake 750w psu--$160

Lite-on cd/dvd burner--$18


total cost is ~$850 with all the parts, and an extra $150 for win 7 and leeway=$1000
if there's anything wrong (incompatibility) or expensive about this build, tell me
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July 30, 2010 5:49:35 PM

Best answer selected by danman12.
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