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[New Build] Gaming Rig

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July 10, 2010 1:24:10 PM

In the process of getting a new gaming computer.
Budget: 1000 or so
OS: Win7 32bit

MOBO
Newegg.com - ASUS P7P55D-E LX LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

HDD
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Case:
Newegg.com - AZZA Solano 1000 Black/Black Japanese SECC Steel/Metal mesh in front ATX Full Tower Computer Case

GPU
Newegg.com - 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

PSU
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

CPU
Newegg.com - Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750

RAM
Newegg.com - Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT25664BA1339

CD Drive
Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Writer - Bulk - LightScribe Support - CD / DVD Burners

Cooler
Newegg.com - Cooler Master Intel Core i5 compatible Hyper TX3 Socket 775/1156/AMD 130W 92mm "heatpipe direct contact" CPU Cooler RR-910-HTX3-G1


Looking for feedback and suggestions. And to make sure that everything is compatible.

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July 10, 2010 2:06:43 PM

You could spend less on the hard drive and get a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB for $75. The SATA 6 Gb/s on the WD1002FAEX isn't worth the extra $, as the only mechanical drives that may fully use SATA 3 Gb/s are WD Velociraptors, and only in very short bursts.

For $5 more, you could get this G.Skill ECO series 4 GB kit that has faster timings (CAS 7), uses even lower voltage, and runs at a faster clock speed.

I don't know anything about the Hyper TX3, I do know that the Hyper 212+ is still $30 at Amazon, and it's generally well-regarded.

Finally, unless you already have a 32-bit license, I'd really recommend going with Win 7 64-bit. By going with a 32-bit OS, you'll only be able to use 3-3.5 GB of the 4 GB you've paid for.

Everything on your list will definitely work together. I assume, based on your mobo & PSU choice, that you do not plan to CrossFire in the future. (Nothing wrong with that, just making sure that you know you're ruling that out.) If you want to be able to CrossFire in the future, you should think about moving up to the ASUS P7P55D-E Pro and a 750W-850W PSU.
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