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First time build; $1500 gaming rig; checking for compatibility issues

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June 11, 2010 6:46:02 PM

This is my first time building a computer and just wanted to make sure that i wont have any compatibility issues when i go to put everything together Ive been watching this forum for quite sometime and have done a fair amount of homework so i don't think I should have too many issues. I plan to use the computer for mostly gaming and holding/playing music and browsing the internet. I plan on going SLI in the future when Diablo 3 comes out so im trying to future proof my computer a little bit. If any one sees any places were I might be able to cut a few corners or could get some good improvements for cheap I would be open to suggestions.

Processor - Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor

MoBo - ASUS P7P55D Deluxe LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

Graphics Card - EVGA 012-P3-1475-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) SuperClocked+ 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

Case - XCLIO Blackhawk Color Black Finish 0.8 mm SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Full Tower Extreme Cooling PC Case

Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200JBRTL 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 3.5" Hard Drive

Dvd - ASUS 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 24X DVD Burner

PSU - KINGWIN ABT-730MM 730W ATX 12V Ver.2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

Thanks for the help.

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June 11, 2010 6:55:13 PM

You wont get a benefit from 8GB of ram when gaming, 4GB is plenty.

Swap the HDD for the samsung F3, its one of the fastest HDDs and isnt too much, also your current one is an IDE drive which means you need to use a PATA cable, SATA cables are far easier to manage and dont block airflow as much.

Swap the PSU for a better unit, the kingwin you selected isnt even 80+ certified and only has 52A on the 12V rail, most good 650W units have that much. If you want to SLI in the future you should move up to a 750W unit. If you dont plan on SLI in the future you can get a good 550W unit and have enough power for it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 11, 2010 6:55:36 PM

everything's compatible.

at a glance:

recommend a 5850 or 5870 over the GTX470, more bang for your buck either way and will run cooler at stock speeds

8gb of ram is overkill for games, look to get 4gb with tighter timings like the 2x2GB G.SKILL Ripjaws 1600MHz CL7

a hard drive with 500GB platters (Seagate 7200.12 or Spinpoint F3) will be faster and quieter than one with 320GB platters.
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June 11, 2010 6:56:19 PM

I would suggest a Corsair 650TX or 750TX and NOT a Kingwin power supply.
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June 11, 2010 7:07:18 PM

for your consideration:



i seem to have cropped the LITE-ON 24x DVD burner out of the screen but it's there ($25.99)
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June 15, 2010 3:04:15 PM

All right so I took everyones advice into consideration and here is the new updated build.

Processor - Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor

Mobo - ASUS P7P55D Deluxe LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

GPU - HIS H587FN1GD Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

RAM - CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMD4GX3M2A1600C8

HDD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Dvd - ASUS 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 24X DVD Burner

PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Case - Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Im a little worried if the 650w PSU will be able to handle two crossfire 5870's and weather or not those 5870's will be able to fit into the 900 two midtower case. Thanks again for all your help its really helping me to do my research so I can be confident when I go to purchase.
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June 15, 2010 4:49:11 PM

I would suggest a HAF 922. I worked in an Antec 900 this past weekend and they're not very roomy. HAF 922 has plenty of room and great stock cooling. Shouldn't be too much more expensive, either. i think they're currently $90 on newegg.

If you're looking to crossfire 5870s in the future, maybe up to an 850 TX to give you plenty of overclocking and expansion headroom.

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

$120 after rebate.
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June 15, 2010 6:41:44 PM

Looks nice, seems somewhat similar to the 900. I think you'll really appreciate the bigger fans and better cable management that the HAF 922 will offer, though.
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June 24, 2010 11:59:06 PM

Best answer selected by willmiller82.
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June 25, 2010 12:42:00 AM

Another thing, you're unlikely to need to SLI/Crossfire either a 470 or a 5870 for Diablo 3. Blizzard usually does a very good job of keeping system requirements low in order to appeal to a wide audience.
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