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July 6, 2010 5:48:27 PM

First off I would like to thank everyone who puts there time and effort in to helping out. The "Recommended Builds by Usage" by techmo34 (and everyone else who provided comments and feed back) with all of the suggestions and links made my decision to build my own rather easy. With that said off the equipment!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sometime in the next week. I would like at have everything before my vacation at the end of the month

BUDGET RANGE: Up to $1,900

SYSTEM USAGE: Games (just getting in to gaming on computers), Multimedia, and the normal office work like word and excel

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor and Speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: The ones that can be trusted and with low prices

PARTS PREFERENCES: Kind of partial to Intel and Ati

OVERCLOCKING: I will be attempting to OC'ing. Is the heat sink I am thinking of using enough?

SLI/Crossfire: to start off with no, maybe in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 47" LG 1920 x 1080

So this is what I am thinking about going with for my build. The only thing I can not really decide on is the case. The only preference I have is one with a side window. I am open to suggestions about any piece / part of the build, this is my first and I am totally new at this. Thank you for you help!

CPU: i5 750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 4GB (2x@GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HSF: Cool Master Hyper 212 (will use Arctic Silver 5 thermal compnd)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Corsair CMPSU-850TX 850W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD: LITE-ON Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: ?????? Don't know if it should have PSU on the bottom or the top? How many fans should the case have?

As you could probably tell the list of components is pretty much the same as the Gamer: $1,125.90 build.
Let me know what you think.
Again thank you to everyone who takes time out of there day to help!

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July 6, 2010 6:15:35 PM
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Looks like a very good build to me. You could get by with a much smaller power supply though. Even running 2 x 5850s you really only need a 650w PSU ( or less even ). The Hyper 212 is a great cooler for the price. I might try IC Diamond thermal compound over the AC5. It seems to be superior.

http://www.hwreviewlabs.com/index.php?option=com_conten...



Here are some great cases to consider.

The Antec 300 Illusion to me is the best in its price range:

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

Slightly larger is the 902:

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

And for the biggest yet, the full tower 1200 ( I love mine ):

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

The Coolermaster Haf 922/932 are also great choices.



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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
July 6, 2010 6:51:44 PM

You can literally grab the cheapest SATA burner you can find and it'll be fine.

2TB HD's have had a pretty bad failure rate so far. You'd be better off just getting a couple 1 TB drives if you need the space. Spinpoint F3 1tb is current best bang for buck.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

anort already mentioned the big case suggestions.

ATM though, the Element G is also a very good deal comboed with a 5850.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

In general, case wise you'll want a bottom mounted PSU and large slow spinning fans. These have the same airflow, but less noise than smaller higher speed spinning fans.

Typical recommended setup is intake in front and side. Exhaust on top and back.
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July 7, 2010 7:45:39 PM

Thank you for the feedback it is very much appreciated!!

There seams to be a good bit of reviews about the Antec 902 having issues with the front mount headphones jack. Has anyone had the same problem?

Also I have notice that the reviews for the ASUS P7P55D-E Pro seem to be ok but not great. Does anyone else have this MOBO, if so what are you thoughts on it.

July 7, 2010 8:06:04 PM

I have an Antec 1200 and have never had any problems with it. I use the front headphone/mic jacks daily and they work great. I also work with several 300 Illusion cases regularly and have never had an issue with them either. I do not know for sure about the 902....I have never used one in a build.

The P7P55 series are great boards as far as I have used them. I like Gigabyte boards better myself but that is a personal thing....comparing the 2 is like comparing BMW and Mercedes. Some prefer one over the other but both are great.
I think you will find many "bad" reviews on Newegg are user error. I tend to disregard unless one specific issue stands out as being faulty. You would be surprised hom many people say their tech level is "high" because they have done one build.
July 8, 2010 10:36:30 PM

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