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New build for SC2 ($1,000-1,500 budget)

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July 16, 2010 7:19:22 PM

Hi guys! I sold my desktop months ago (e8400 O.C. 3.6 GHz, ATI 5770, 2gb DDR2) and want to upgrade to an i5 build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: The sooner the better

BUDGET RANGE: $1,000-1,500 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (Starcraft 2, WoW Cataclysm, Portal 2, Team Fortress 2, Modern Warefare 2) Light video editing with Sony Vegas, watching movies, surfing, office 2007

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, and speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA?

PARTS PREFERENCES: Asus, Gigabyte, XFX, Evga, Corsair

OVERCLOCKING: Slightly

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, if the games I play benefit from it

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x768

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Low heat! My room got way to hot with my last desktop, I would also like to achieve 3 GHz+ on the i5 750. And what is your opinion on SLI/Crossfire and SSD drives? Would I see a good enough benefit for the games I play? Would a sound card give a performance boost? Because I've already damaged my hearing enough from my car, so I won't mind onboard audio. I also don't need to "max out" every res/shadow/setting but at the same time I would like this computer to last 3+ years.


Motherboard: ?

Processor: Intel Core i5-750 $194.99

RAM: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBECO 102.99

Graphics: ?

OS Drive: Intel X25-V SSDSA2MP040G2R5 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 114.99
I don't necessarily need this.

Storage Drive: Western Digital RE3 WD2502ABYS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $64.99
I don't need a lot of space, I have a 500gb external.

PSU: ?

Case: NZXT Apollo SILVER NP Silver SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower $79.99
I like this case and it matches my monitor and furniture.

Optical Drive: ASUS DVD-E818A6T/BLK/B/G Black 18X SATA DVD-ROM Drive - Bulk $16.99
I have no need for a burner.

CPU HSF: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler $34.98
Hoping this will be good enough to overclock to 3Ghz.

Fans: 3x APEVIA CF12SL-WHT 120mm White LED Case Fan $14.97
I've used Apevia fans in the past and liked them.

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $99.99

Wireless card: EDIMAX EW-7128G IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Wireless Card Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates 64/128-Bit WEP, 802.1x, WPA, AES $19.99
For going to friends houses.

Other: Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 2.0 M Effective Pixels USB 2.0 WebCam $70.99
For chatting with friends and family on skype.

Other: Alpha and Omega BOX-MK-BK INTERNAL 5.25" STORAGE BOX BLACK 9.99
To hold authenticator, thumb drives, ect

Other: LOGISYS Computer CLK12BL2 12" DUAL COLD CATHODE KIT - OEM $5.99
Because I like to waste money lol

So... 728.85 before rebates/shipping so far.

Thanks for any input guys! I really appreciate it. =D
July 17, 2010 12:03:06 PM

I have a number of thoughts on your proposed build, bear with me if I get a bit scattered.

Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB - less money more capacity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.Skill Eco 1600 Cas 7 - $99.99 with the code, no shipping, higher speed
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That ssd is too small IMO, and there are rumors of price drops and/or capacity increases just a couple of months away. I would wait to pull the trigger unless you are sure.

Crossfire would be counter to your goal of not throwing off too much heat. You have already used a 5770 in the past, but the resolutions you are running that should work for you. Where is the fun in that? The GTX 460 are supposed to run relatively cool but I haven't used one.
Source: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-460-gf1...

Sound card. I would pass, there may be some theoretical advantage somebody might throw out there, but onboard has been the default for years

I am going to plead ignorance on 1156 boards, never done any research for a build on them so I would just be recycling recommendations.

Cold Cathode. If you want to waste 6 bucks cause you like them then that is all the reason you need, light that SOB up and get 2.
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July 17, 2010 9:46:55 PM

Nice find on the Hard drive and RAM! And you answered most of my questions, With the Sli/Crossfire I was thinkin of two lower end cards so there would be less heat. And for the small resolution, I just dont like gaming on a big screen =\
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