Hey all! My little brother is going off to college in the fall and is in need of a better computer than what he currently has. As a result, I told him that I would give him my current rig and have a nice excuse to build a new one for me I have put quite a bit of time and research into what I want and I tried to make this as complete as possible. Any advice or thoughts given will be highly appreciated!
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Mid-late August
BUDGET RANGE: Estimated budget of: ~$1500
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (mostly MMO's, play FPS's on the console), school, music, movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg preferrably
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.
PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference, just looking to build something solid without breaking the bank
OVERCLOCKING: Probably in the future, the CPU atleast
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Also in the future if need be and I upgrade my monitor
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 42" Panasonic Viera 720p
My main concerns are:
1) Compatibility (been a long while since I built my last one, just want to make sure I got it all understood still)
3) Any piece of hardware that might be overkill or lacking
4) Heating issues, although since I'm running stock it shouldn't be an issue.
Here is what I have so far:
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R
CPU: Intel Core i5-750
Graphics Card: Radeon Sapphire HD 5830 (Since I will just be using the computer on a lower resolution TV I figured this was plenty, correct me if I'm wrong)
Memory: G. Skill Trident 6GB (3 x 2GB) (Thinking that 6GB might be a little overkill and 4GB would suffice but I'm not completely sure)
HD: Two (2) SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V (Felt that 750w would be ample for what I have)
Case: CoolerMaster HAF 922 (looks good and seems to have decent airflow to it)
Drive: LITE-ON iHBS112-OEM (BD burner for future use) and possibly a CD-RW for lesser-work use
Thanks for looking guys, I appreciate any insight you might have for me! Have a good day!
I have the same motherboard with 6gb in Tri-channel as you listed... works great. Also gigabyte includes some great utilities with their motherboards, system monitors and simple overclocking tools. Can get 5/10/15% boosts just by clicking a button. (i wouldnt reccomend overclocking without a better cooler - like Hyper 212+)
HAF 922 is a great case.
For video card, ABSOLUTELY go for the GTX 460 1gb version. At $220 its far and away the best bang for buck. - Plus as a general rule, I only use Geforce with Intel CPUS, it really does prevent headaches down the road with new drivers and SLI options.
That power supply is overkill... you'd be fine with a 600 or 650w, but if you want to add a 2nd video card in teh future, then stick with 750w.
Well to start off you need a p55 board for the i5-750, not x58.
Second, p55 is dual channel so you want 4gb or 8 gb of memory.
For gaming and general usage 4gb is plenty. 32 bit software does not use more than 2gb of RAM without a large address aware header. Even then, there's a 3gb limit in 32 bit OS, 4gb in 64bit OS.
You can swap Mobo to an Asus p7p55D-E, ram to a g skill ripjaw or eco kit.
First problem is X58 is for i7......you need a P55 board for the i5 750. P55 and the i5 750 use dual channel memory. If you want to use X58 and triple channel memory the i7 930 is the best chip for the money BUT Intel has price cuts coming soon that should drop the i7 950 to around the $300 level.
Also the 5830 is not a great card for the money. The HD5770 or HD5850 are much better choices. Also Nvidia just released the new GTX 460 at the $200 price point and it is an amazing card. Look for the 1GB version.
Thank you guys for the responses, I appreciate them!
I'll try to address the points you guys made so I can make sure that I'm on the right path with everything.
First, after reading about the mobo and CPU issue, it became clear as day ("duh" to me) that the mobo is for the i7 series after re-reading the product specs and description. I've read several places that the i7-series is far beyond what the typical gamer needs but I might as well go all out on a quality CPU, especially with price cuts. That being said, I'm going to spend some time looking at both the i7 930 and 950 since I would like to keep that mobo that I listed. The price cuts from Intel would be nice
Next I wanted to ask about the graphics card. Since I'm using a 720p LCD TV for my monitor I figured that the HD5830 would already be overkill since it is capable of going far beyond my TV's resolution capabilities. Is this incorrect? I guess I would expect to upgrade my monitor in the future so it would make sense to get the best bang for the buck. That being said, I am also going to spend some time looking at the GTX 460.
I know that the PSU was overkill when I listed it but I just wanted to make sure that if I had to make adjustments in the future that I would have proper overhead in terms of power, hence, why I listed the 750w.
Also spent a lot of time today thinking about the BD-drive and I have to agree with banthracis that it is pretty unnecessary. I think I am going to opt for a cheaper drive and put the money I save towards more practical uses on this build.
I think I covered all the bases here with regards to my previous issues. I really appreciate all your help and I'm excited for it to be time to build this beast!