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July 8, 2010 11:39:18 AM

I posted yesterday looking for some advice. Looked into it some more to get opinions.

Price: 1250 ish +/- a couple hundred
Time: One or Two weeks
Use: Gaming, music, occasional movie
Parts not needed: Keyboard, mouse, monitor (will be added ontop of the above budget).
Comments: I'd enjoy to have the freedom of using two monitors

These are the parts I have thus far,

Intel i5 750:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16819115215

Mobo:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16813128425

Corsair 750W:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16817139006

XFX HD-5850:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16814150477

1TB Samsung HDD:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...16822152102CVF


Cheap CD/DVD-R:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16827151216

Case:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16811119197


How does this look?

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a b 4 Gaming
July 8, 2010 1:27:14 PM

The links don't work. I'd just list out what board and case you have.
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July 8, 2010 1:38:35 PM

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX
Intel i5 750
XFX Radeon HD-5850

Were the basics. Not too set on a case/HDD, just worried about the core of the system.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 8, 2010 1:46:11 PM

I also just noticed you didn't list any RAM. Just pick up any 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 set that isn't from OCZ.

Do you not want to be able to Crossfire in the future? If not, I'd still switch the board for a Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3. It's a little better quality and more future proof with SATA III connectors.

As for the case, I'd look at the Antec 300 Illusion, Coolermaster 690, Antec 900 (or 902) and HAF 922. All of these are extemely good cases and are farily cheap.
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July 8, 2010 3:58:52 PM

MadAdmiral said:
I also just noticed you didn't list any RAM. Just pick up any 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 set that isn't from OCZ.

Do you not want to be able to Crossfire in the future? If not, I'd still switch the board for a Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3. It's a little better quality and more future proof with SATA III connectors.

As for the case, I'd look at the Antec 300 Illusion, Coolermaster 690, Antec 900 (or 902) and HAF 922. All of these are extemely good cases and are farily cheap.


Actually the link in my first post is to the mobo you suggested. Although your suggestion further cements that for me. The RAM was not posted becasue I wasn't sure what model to get, so thanks again for that info.


One further question, someone suggested that I get a Radeon 5830 as opposed to the 5850 because the savings will outweigh the performance on a build like this. How do you feel about this??

Thanks again for all your help.
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July 8, 2010 4:07:27 PM

Combos, Combos, Combos.

You'll save yourself some money if you remember to try to get everything you can as a combo.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 8, 2010 4:20:08 PM

It's Newegg.ca. There aren't combos.

And absolutely do not buy the 5830. It's the worst possible choice right now. It's not powerful enough to game at 1080p (the 5850 is) and it doesn't have a noticeable performance gain over the 5770 at lower resolutions. Basically, if your monitor is 1080p, you'd lose performance and if it's lower resolution than that, you're wasting money.
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July 8, 2010 4:44:24 PM

Ok, just getting around to adding the parts and what not. What would you recommend for a power supply size for a build such as this?
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a b 4 Gaming
July 8, 2010 4:46:54 PM

A 550W would be fine for a single 5850. If you wanted to do Crossfire down the road (which you'd need a different board), a 650W would have enough power, but you'd likely need to use adapters to get the right connectors. A 750W wouldn't need the adapters.

Just make sure you're getting a quality unit. That generally means sticking to Antec, Corsair, Silverstone and SeaSonic.
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July 8, 2010 5:05:19 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

I recommend the RAM...those are some combos with it. The 850 watts would be overkill, but it's no so bad if you consider that power supplies tend to be more efficient in the middle of their range. Honestly though, If I were getting a combo like that, I would go with the 650 one, given it's pricing, but maybe somebody knows more about that brand and whether or not to recommend it.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 8, 2010 5:12:27 PM

That's Newegg.com. The OP is from Canada and can't buy from the US side.

Those would be the sticks of RAM I'd look at though. The 850W PSU is definitely overkill, and I'm not a fan of Thermaltake's cases (they're overpriced). The 650W XFX has gotten excellent reviews, but XFX is new to making them, so I'm still not sold on their quality. I have been recommending them occasionally when a deal is really good though. Unfortunately, that combo isn't the best. I've seen ones with XFX PSUs and GPUs for $40-50 off...
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July 8, 2010 5:53:01 PM

whoops, my bad.
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