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June 18, 2010 1:55:38 AM

Okay, here's the build I think I'm going to purchase tomorrow. I didn't make this, stole it from this thread, but want to change 1 or 2 things... Here's link. It's post number 3.


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

MOBO - ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNQ

GPU - XFX HD-585X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

PSU - XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W ATX12V 2.2 / ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

HDD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

OPTICAL - LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner - Bulk LightScribe Support - OEM

CASE - COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

CPU Cooler - Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler



1. That ram says 1333. Is that a bad thing? I thought that should say 1600 or 1666 for gaming?
2. Is the 16MB Cache on the HDD going to hurt my load times?
3. Can I spend an extra $30 bucks and get a better version of 5850? Whats a better version for the price...
4. Are there ANY incompatabilities here? I'm really nervous that I'm going to end up wasting all this money for something that doesnt work with itself.
5. Will all this fit in that Case? I heard it was really small.

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June 18, 2010 2:03:49 AM

1. Doesnt matter, the speed of your ram wont affect your gaming performance very much. 1333 or 1600 wont affect you more than 2 or 3 FPS. If you want a fast 1600MHz kit the gskill ecos kit is very quick and super low voltage

2. The F3 has 500GB platters and is one of the fastest conventional HDDs on the market, its 16MB cache wont affect your load times at all, most drives that have 32MB cache's that are similarly sized are slower.

3. What better version of the 5850? The XFX one is quite nice and spending more for a tiny over clock is just wasting money. XFX has the advantage of the warranty too.

It will all work, and i dont know who told you the storm scout was small, its not.
June 18, 2010 2:04:21 AM

Sorry for caps! Ive only been on here 2 or so days. Dont know how to change subject line. =S
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June 18, 2010 2:23:30 AM

It's all relative, I guess, but people consider the Storm Scout small because the 5870 and 5970 do not fit in it w/o modification. That's not going to be a problem for you right now since you're buying a 5850, but it could be a problem down the line. The HAF 922 is the exact same size as the Storm Scout. Personally, I would opt for that. It has much more room, and it's quite a bit easier to work with. And, if you're willing to spend $150, the Storm Sniper is HAF 922 functionality with Storm Scout aesthetics.
June 18, 2010 2:27:07 AM

EDIT: I meant to say that the HAF 922 is the exact same price as the Storm Scout not size.
June 18, 2010 6:23:17 PM

Oh yeah. HAF 922 fits all 5850 easily, as well as fitting 5870 and 5970.
June 18, 2010 7:38:16 PM

The storm scout will fit all your stuff... but its not a "big" case by any means. It's a mid size case.... same as mine (NZXT Tempest and my case has A LOT more room inside than the scout. I would know, I built my dad's gaming rig in a Scout case... I'd try and find a modular PSU though if you can afford it... not a lot of cable managment at all... All his cables are crammed in a HD slot lol.