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New Build ~ $1500

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June 19, 2010 1:47:51 PM

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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June 19, 2010 2:09:54 PM

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)
June 19, 2010 3:53:26 PM

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.
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June 20, 2010 2:38:58 PM

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.
June 20, 2010 2:52:52 PM

Yea for your uses you would be perfectly fine with an i5-750.
June 20, 2010 3:23:07 PM

I know with i5 most people seem to go with those g.skill 2x2gb cas7 timing RAM... any good mobo suggestions?
June 20, 2010 4:52:33 PM

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.
June 20, 2010 9:13:50 PM

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