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June 7, 2010 6:32:54 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: In 2 weeks
BUDGET RANGE: $1500-1650 before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, listening to music, watching movies, word documents/Microsoft suite, some adobe photoshop, some ps2/ps3 on the monitor and if possible watch tv.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, and Operating System

PREFERRED WEBSITE FOR PARTS : Newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like a CPU i5-750, and a 27’’ inch monitor if it’s possible, I would like to play ps2 on the monitor and be able to connect my friends ps3 on it, but mainly ps2. I would like to get an ATI Radeon 5870. I would like to have USB 3.0 and SATA 6 GB/s without losing some capability on the video card.

Monitor Resolution: would like to have 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I tried looking for parts, please tell me if these parts are compatible. I’ll write down what parts I thought were good below this post. This is my first PC, so I don’t know if all these things will fit, or if everything is compatible. Please give me advice and let me know =).


[Case]
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: $90

[Motherboard]
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: $190

[Video Card]
XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: $400

[Power Supply]
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: $90

[Processor]
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: $200

[Memory]
Mushkin Enhanced Ridgeback 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996826
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: $160

[Hard drive]
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: $55

[Monitor]
ASUS MT276HE Black 27" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 400 cd/m2 ASCR 50000:1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: $350

[Cooler]
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: $60

[CD-Drive]
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Total: $1595


If you think you can keep the quality high, but lower the price, feel free to let me know and if there are any issues or incompatible issues as well. Please tell me what you think =)

Thanks!

More about : build 1600 1675

June 7, 2010 10:18:14 PM

Looks good. However,

If you're looking to lower your price, you could change that RAM set for something like the G. Skill ECO Series.

Do you plan on overclocking and OC'ing?
If so, I'd suggest bumping up your PSU to a 750w or 850w PSU. Something like the 750TX or 850TX will do just fine.

Are you looking for a CD/DVD drive? Anyone name brand OEM drive will do.

Sony Optiarc

Lastly, the Hyper 212+ is a great HSF, but I don't think it's great enough to warrant the 60 dollar cost on Newegg. Try getting it off Amazon. It's still 30 dollars on there.

Hyper 212+ on Amazon
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June 8, 2010 12:11:09 AM

When did the hyper 212 get to $60??? At $30 it was a great deal, at $60 there are several cheaper coolers that are better.

Any Xigmatek 1283 series (Dark Knight, Balder, Red Scorpion), Sunbeam core contact freezer, Scythe Mugen 2 for starters.
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June 8, 2010 4:23:31 AM

MOBO/CPU combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

The PSU is fine if you don't plan on xfire.

That + RAM change will save you $60.

27" is approaching awkward looking for 1920x1080 res. My suggestion is either get a nice 24" for $200 or so, or go all out and get a 30" 2560 x 1600 monitor.
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June 8, 2010 10:24:45 AM

I agree, get the ECO series RAM, and the combo deal makes complete sense.

I would get a bigger PSU, you have a board that can XFire, who knows if you may decide to make use of it in future?
Corsair CMPSU-750TX - $89.99 after rebate (-$8 if you order by tomorrow)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I also agree with Banth that if going for 1920 x 1080 resolution stick with a 24 inch monitor, otherwise push for 30 inch at 2560 x 1600
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June 8, 2010 3:13:58 PM

143miah said:
Looks good. However,

If you're looking to lower your price, you could change that RAM set for something like the G. Skill ECO Series.

Do you plan on overclocking and crossfiring?
If so, I'd suggest bumping up your PSU to a 750w or 850w PSU. Something like the 750TX or 850TX will do just fine.

Are you looking for a CD/DVD drive? Anyone name brand OEM drive will do.

Sony Optiarc

Lastly, the Hyper 212+ is a great HSF, but I don't think it's great enough to warrant the 60 dollar cost on Newegg. Try getting it off Amazon. It's still 30 dollars on there.

Hyper 212+ on Amazon


Fixed. Just noticed I said overclocking twice.
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June 8, 2010 3:48:59 PM

Hey, thank you for all your advice. I'm taking everything into consideration and will be changing a few things around.

So, I will get the cooler from amazon for $30, a smaller monitor, as I don't want to have a weird resolution on such a big screen, use the combo deal for mobo/cpu from newegg, and cheaper memory.


[CPU/MOBO COMBO]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Price: $ 375

[Cooler]
Hyper 212+ on Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ...
Price: $30


[Memory]
G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: $116


[Monitor]
ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) Built-in Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: $230

[CD-Drive]
Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: $27



So with the new price of the monitor, memory, cooler, and cpu/mobo combo, and cd-drive, and the parts from my first post (Case, HDD, vid card, and power supply) the total is now :

$1413 (Total Price)

I don't plan to xfire, but do I need a better psu if I plan to overclock?

I used a newegg power supply calculator (http://educations.newegg.com/tool/psucalc/index.html?Tp...) and it said my PC only required 521W. If i planned to overclock, would 650w be sufficient, or would you suggest getting the corsair 750w psu which was posted above?

Thanks again for all your help, i appreciate it =).




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June 8, 2010 6:13:53 PM

Given that the PSU I put costs the same as the 650W you are going for I would go for the 750W anyway
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June 8, 2010 7:51:23 PM

If you don't plan on crossfiring you could just go with this board instead.

There's no combo with CPU for it, but you'd end up saving a little over 15 dollars more.

Or you could go with this board in combo with your case and save about 25 dollars.

They're all essentially the same boards. Differences are one has a crossfire capability of x8/x8, one has x8/x4, and one has no crossfire capability whatsoever. And since you're not crossfiring, I'd go with whichever boardcombo saves the most.

Also, I just noticed that the Sony Optiarc went from 19 dollars to 25+ dollars.

Here's a Lite-On CD/DVD Reader/Writer for 19 dollars.

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June 8, 2010 8:33:14 PM

650w PSU is fine for a single 5850 or 5870 even with overclocking.

If you get a xfire MOBO or are considering if for the future, then 750tx. Though ATM, the 750tx is actually only $2 more after promo code, so I'd say if you're buying today, get the 750TX.
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June 8, 2010 8:57:28 PM

banthracis said:
650w PSU is fine for a single 5850 or 5870 even with overclocking.

If you get a xfire MOBO or are considering if for the future, then 750tx. Though ATM, the 750tx is actually only $2 more after promo code, so I'd say if you're buying today, get the 750TX.


+1^

More powerful PSU will allow for future upgrades, not to mention if you buy a (not cheap) PSU you have the option of using it with your next build.
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June 9, 2010 3:13:45 PM

So If I decide to go with that Lite-On CD-Drive and the 650psu, is there a way to find out how much electricity this machine will use?
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June 9, 2010 3:35:20 PM

Look at benchmarks or a good calculator and that'll give you an idea. Links to one in the stickies.

Exact number you'll have to build and test. Generally CPU+GPU are the big power draws. Everything else is far less.
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