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July 10, 2010 10:26:11 PM

I mostly have all the parts decided. Just wanting other eyes to look over my plan.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Finish buying parts around the end of this month (July).
BUDGET RANGE: less than $1000 after rebates.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing, Photoshop and occasional video editing.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: no preference
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Not really a part preference, but I have already decided to go with an i5 and have bought a motherboard for it.
OVERCLOCKING: Not yet. I will buy a CPU cooler later on and then I will try a little overclocking
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: In three or four years, yes/maybe. No.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: I will buy a 1920x1080 monitor separately from my $1000 budget.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'll be buying the parts here and there, from sale to sale, over the course of this month.

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This is what I have already bought from Newegg sales and promos:

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard (got it for $145)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W (got it for $60)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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These are the other parts I'm keeping an eye open for sales:

Radeon HD 5850 (~$300)
Open-ended; I will buy whatever looks good when I go buy.

4GB DDR3 (2x2GB) (~$100)
I have no clue here.

i5 750 CPU ($170 @ Microcenter right now)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

NZXT M59 Mid Tower Case ($50 now. I've seen it get as low as $28 w/ MIR. Should have bought it then...)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB or 1000Gb (the 1TB is sometimes as low as $65)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD/DVD burner (a cheap $20 one)

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So with the two parts I already have (mobo, psu) and with the other parts I have in mind, it should be about $900~950
As you can see, I tried to pick quality parts, but I will try to find them at the cheapest price possible.

Thanks for your help.
July 11, 2010 1:42:31 AM

"SLI OR CROSSFIRE: In three or four years, yes/maybe. " - the rig will be out-dated by then, no point - do it now, or dont bother

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July 11, 2010 6:27:58 PM

"Crossfire - do it now, or dont bother"
In that case, I will not xfire.

Also, I saw somewhere that the GTX 470 is priced close to the 5850 now.
1. If it's the same price ($300), then that's better to get, right?
2. Can my psu handle it for single card 470?
3. Will I have room left to try moderate overclocking?
4. How serious is the heat and power consumption issue people keep talking about (gtx 470)? Is my case OK?

@Mark Heath, thanks for that suggestion. I will probably get that.

But out of curiosity, what are the differences between
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (one you suggested)
and
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I can see that the red one has the same speed, but higher latency and lower voltage. How important are those differences. If I go by the looks, I still like the blue one.

Again, thanks for your input.
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July 11, 2010 6:45:11 PM

Also, I saw somewhere that the GTX 470 is priced close to the 5850 now.
1. If it's the same price ($300), then that's better to get, right?

I would say the GTX 470 is the better GPU, which it is showing at $319 in my Newegg shopping cart. You can find some ATI 5850's around $290 that are good cards, as well

2. Can my psu handle it for single card 470?

Your PSU will handle any single GPU that you throw at it!!

3. Will I have room left to try moderate overclocking?

Yes... You will be just fine!!

4. How serious is the heat and power consumption issue people keep talking about (gtx 470)? Is my case OK?

The power consumption is there but from what I've seen and heard, the heat issues isn't as bad as stated. Your case has some room to improve... IMO. I would look at the Cooler Master 922 but if that is your price range, I would go with the Rosewill DESTROYER instead

I would go with the RAM pointed out by Mark Heath!! :) 
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July 11, 2010 6:54:18 PM

Cant really add much, the op just about covered this. my system is close to the one your going to build and it plays AVP dirt2 crysis without problems.


So have fun and enjoy the fruits of your labor when its up and running :) 
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July 12, 2010 12:17:27 AM

In regards to the RAM difference, the lower latencies should generally make everything a little bit faster. The higher voltages mean that.. well.. you're running at higher voltages. They're still within safe limits so you should be fine.
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July 13, 2010 4:20:38 AM

I'm going to purchase the RAM, case, DVD drive and i5 CPU tomorrow. Any last minute pointers before I buy?

Case/CPU Combo (I really like the way the m59 looks, so I'm sticking with that.)
The i5 from Newegg isn't as cheap as Microcenter if I get it by itself, but with this combo, it comes out to be the same price as Microcenter ($225 Combo price - $50 for M59 Case = $175 i5)

Gskill ram(-$10 with promo, thanks Mark Heath)

Asus DVD burner

So after this purchase, I am still missing the HD 5850 or GTX 470 and a harddrive. But I just want to get the above parts in my hand soon so I can make sure my motherboard and PSU I bought earlier are fine. I'll borrow my friend's unused 9800 and one of my HDD to complete the temporary setup.

I mulled over about going with the GTX 470, but I will probably end up sticking with the 5850.

Thanks for helping me make my decision.
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July 13, 2010 6:16:00 AM

Of the 4 things you're getting they're fine.

In regards to the 470 vs 5850, nps, 5850's cheaper and is still a great card, either's a great choice.
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July 29, 2010 1:10:39 AM

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