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First HomeBuilt System - i5 and 5850 goodness! Need feedback

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June 8, 2010 11:47:49 PM

Hello,

This is my first homebuild system. I plan on paying for the parts as I go. I'm pretty much set on the i5-750 and 5850, unless someone convinced me to go another route. I would like feedback on the other parts though. I'm pretty sure everything is compatible, but I could have missed something.

I'm going with the i5 because I hear it's great for the value, and it overclocks well. The 5850 is right in my budget range, and I plan on grabbing another in a year or so. This is why I chose the motherboard with x8/x8 configuration.

A few questions also, is 750w enough for two 5850s and an overclocked i5?
Also, I really don't know which heatsink/fan combos are decent, could someone point me in the right direction?


Here's the info





APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: I plan on buying the parts over the course of the next month


BUDGET RANGE: (hopefully) ~1200 after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, some graphic design, normal pc usage

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: mouse and keyboard, optical drive, monitor, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: any respectable online store

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would prefer a mid tower, the one I've selected below is quite roomy though

OVERCLOCKING: Definitely the CPU, probably not the GPU

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1200



Parts:

CPU: Intel Core i5-750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: Radeon HD 5850 (XFX)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: ASUS P7P55D PRO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I basically went with the cheapest while still reliable ram and 1 TB hard drive. I really like that the case is big for a Mid Tower, and still pretty cheap. (Still waiting for it to drop to 90 with free shipping as it was a week ago). Again, the motherboard was chosen for crossfire in the future, and the PSU is hopefully beefy enough.

Any thoughts/comments/questions?

Thanks in advance.
June 9, 2010 1:08:19 AM

Reason you are lacking feedback is because no one really has anything to add. Your build is very solid across the board.

Only recommendation I could provide is look at the ASUS P7P55D-E Pro for USB 3.0 & SATA 6.0Gb/s over the Pro. It'll cost an additional $20 for better future support with these two features. Also, make sure to check for Newegg combos with your build at time of purchase.
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June 9, 2010 1:54:50 AM

tecmo34 said:
Reason you are lacking feedback is because no one really has anything to add. Your build is very solid across the board.

Only recommendation I could provide is look at the ASUS P7P55D-E Pro for USB 3.0 & SATA 6.0Gb/s over the Pro. It'll cost an additional $20 for better future support with these two features. Also, make sure to check for Newegg combos with your build at time of purchase.


Thanks, I will check it out. I figured since USB 3.0 and Sata 6.0 aren't huge right, I wouldn't really need a mobo that supported them. But I do have money to spare; I'll definitely take it into consideration.
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June 9, 2010 2:50:57 AM

Both MOBO's combo with a i5-750 for $15 off. I'd encourage the USB 3/SATA 6 board.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GPU wise, the XFX cards are actually NOT reference designs. How much impact this has on overclock ability, noise and temps, I've no idea. The company and support is fine, but I just can't vouch for whether the card will perform/OC better/worse than the reference.

I'd personally rather go with the Sapphire card for $5 more, as in the XFX case it looks like changes to save manufacturing cost rather than increase performance.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 9, 2010 2:57:49 AM

also look for combos deals between all the parts your getting, good way to save 50-100$
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