New Build ~ $1500

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Soon! Within a week or so.

BUDGET RANGE: 1200-1500 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming = Photo Editing, Movies, Internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, OS


PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, 24" Monitor


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: In the future.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Definitely need some suggestions for a monitor. I should also add that I really haven't played a computer game other than CSS/Portal for a few years, so that while I am excited to play Crysis, Borderlands, etc, the computer will realistically get more use watching movies and doing photo editing.

I'm also not a professional photographer, so while I'd love to buy an IPS monitor, say the Dell U2410, I don't think its particularly necessary at this point in time, and would rather the monitor be capable of playing games cleanly without ghosting.

First time I've built a computer since my old 2.5ghz AMD Barton... 8 or 9 years ago?

Also if people think the i7 930 is entirely overkill or just not something that I would ever be utilizing, I'm equally happy to switch to the i5-750 or other suggestions. Just because I have a ~1500 budget doesn't mean I have to spend to it :) Mainly I went with the 930 because it was a mere 200$ at Microcenter.


Here's what I threw together.

CASE: Coooler Master HAF 922


CPU: Intel Corporation Core i7-930 Processor Boxed
In store @ Microcenter

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM: G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

GPU: GIGABYTE GV-R587UD-1GD Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

Heatsink: Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 Hyper 212 Plus

Optical Drive: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X 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 CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Monitor: ???

Total after combo deals, rebates, etc: 1251.41

Thanks for your help!
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  1. Swap that PSU to something from a better brand, as Cooler Master PSUs are apparently not that good. Corsair TX-750 is good.

    Asus VH242H is apparently reall good for its price, but there are plenty of others.

    Other stuff looks good.
    (sorry no links)
  2. The Cooler Master GX750 did not get the best review from jonnyguru. Altho that was a pre-production model, apparently the author of the article gave CM an opportunity to provide another unit to check that it was a problem with the model/line rather than just the unit JG got. If I remember correctly, the problem was that it would not give over ~500-600 watts when it was hot.
    The Corsair TX 750 is probably going to be the next one that is cheap but quality.
  3. Thanks for the PSU info, I'll take a look at the Corsair, mainly just selected that first one due to a bundle deal :)

    Any other thoughts? Is the 930 a waste? I would save a fair bit just going i5-750.
  4. Yea for your uses you would be perfectly fine with an i5-750.
  5. I know with i5 most people seem to go with those g.skill 2x2gb cas7 timing RAM... any good mobo suggestions?
  6. This is probably one of the best choices for a P55 mobo: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro $180. Which comes in a combo with the HX750, don't really know if that would be worthwhile getting in terms of cost, but it is $40 off so I think it would be. And of course it is a very good PSU.
  7. Silvune said:
    Yea for your uses you would be perfectly fine with an i5-750.

    Yer the i5-750 will do you anything more is overkill
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