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June 23, 2010 6:22:36 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: By July 2010 (1 week)

BUDGET RANGE: ~$600 (Remaining for new parts) (Flexible)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Movies, Gaming, Work

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: MOBO,Case,Monitor,PSU (Details Below)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES:

OVERCLOCKING: Yes (stable, not pushing) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
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PARTS NOT REQUIRED

MONITOR: ASUS VW266H Black 25.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 1920x1200

CASE: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

PSU: CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-650HX 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC PSU

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

PARTS REQUIRED (HELP!)

CPU: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache (FIRM)

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

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

GPU: POWERCOLOR AX5750 1 GBD5-H RADEON HD 5750 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
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As you can see, a lot of this has been decided already. Monitor, case, PSU, motherboard, and CPU are all finalized (don't have the budget to swap anything. Please only suggest alternatives if there's a major problem)

My Concerns:
1. GPU. I'm really in the dark what to do here. My current plan is to get a single 5750 and if that's not tolerable to get a 2nd and crossfire them. Not sure what my PSU/Case can handle. My monitor is 26'' and 1920x1200.

2. Compatibility. Will all these work together fine (with no bottlenecks)?

3. Case. I'm worried about heat and space. I really don't want to swap it out unless there is no other way.

4. Extras. CPU Cooler, GPU Cooler, Cables, Adapters, Magic Fairy Dust. What are all the extras that are necessary, but are often left off advice lists (My first build, I've researched quite a bit, but am not sure what is NEEDED). Any suggestions of other things not needed, but are nice to have, are also appreciated.

I really appreciate any input you guys can give me. I've put the research time in and want to pull that final trigger on this build within the week. I'll check here often and give any updates/changes.

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June 23, 2010 7:35:40 AM

^ Some suggestions...
Get a faster card like the HD 5770 atleast as you have a high resolution monitor...
HD 5770 + i5 750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Cheaper and very good RAM
Corsair 4GB DDR3 - Am not sure how long this price will stay...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD + Free cable
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

OS - Same...
Total - ~$625 | $605 After Rebates...

As for your questions...

1. GPU - Like I said a better one - HD 5770
And your PSU is a very good one and can handle even 2x HD 5850s/ 5870s...So no worries there...

2. Yes all are very good parts

3. You case is a very good one...No need to change that...maybe a front fan??

4. Well if you are planning to overclock, then certainly a good CPU cooler...
CM Hyper 212+
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPH0/ref=s9_simh...
And did you check this thread?
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/274745-31-step-step-g...
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June 23, 2010 8:54:16 AM

@GPU: With your resolution, I would be more inclined towards a 5850 instead of a 5770. Or for neutrality's sake, a GTX 470. A 5770 might just barely make it in that resolution for demanding games.
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June 23, 2010 1:22:30 PM

Nice build and looking good with fellow members solid advice.
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June 23, 2010 3:50:32 PM

Thank you for your replies! I was excited to see responders whose great posts I've read in many other threads. I know I'm limiting advice with what I already have - wasn't planning on some of those purchases, just had a couple good deals fall in my lap.
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gkay09:

RAM:
At that price I'm switcing to the suggested Corsair. The cas7 isn't worth the extra cash IMO, thank you!

HDD:
Nice find. Can't say no to a free cable.

CPU Cooler:
The CM Hyper 212+ looks great, but unfortunately the availability isn't there. Bunch of places sold out. Amazon has 1-3months to ship, tigerdirect has 1-3weeks(more $), and newegg is price gouging.

**Any suggestions for a comparable 1156 Heatsink?
I looked at:Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro

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GPU:
I spent the last couple hours reading carefully through benchmarks I've previously skimmed and I'm leaning towards the ATI Radeon HD 5850. With my resolution, you're both correct that I shouldn't skimp on the GPU.

**I'm confused regarding which company/store to get the 5850 chipset card from. I'm finding the little differences hard to compare in a cost-benefit fashion.
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I've read all the obligatory build threads - if I come off sounding nervous...well...I am! Having spent 1/2 my budget already I've crossed the point of no return and I'm very excited/nervous.
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June 24, 2010 4:29:18 AM

^ CPU Cooler - Any of these...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And as for the graphics card, in the HD 5850 price range, you should take a look at the GTX 470 too...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
With this combo, the price is very similar to the HD 5850...but I doubt you will be able to SLI because the power requirement is more compared to the HD 5850...SO its your call...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 29, 2010 5:16:57 PM

are there any good combos for the radeon 5850 and i5 750? or possibly the mother board combo..? I was also thinking of the 5770 or 5850 with the same build.
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