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July 17, 2010 6:45:48 AM

Hello Everyone.

I am a first time poster to this forum but have been lurking for a couple of months checking out different builds and trying to get an idea of the build I wanted to do. I was lending towards getting the i5-750 cpu but that is because of the toms article and I really don't know alot about the AMD cpus in terms of how they overclock. One concern I do have is that the 1156 socket does not leave me with an upgrade path. So that if in the future I wanted to get a new CPU I would have to get a new motherboard. I was also planning to get an 5850 but the combo deal of the 5870 and xfx 750 seemed too good to past up. I was not planning on Crossfiring but if I did would the 750W be enough?

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This weekend

BUDGET RANGE: $1000 to $1400

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Mainly gaming but also surfing the net

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Probably Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Yes but I have never overclocked before

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: If anyone has better combos or promo codes that would be great.

So here is my build so far as of 7/17/2010 from NewEgg. Let me know what you think and I appericate any help!


CPU/MOBO: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard and Intel Core i5-750 $359.99
HSF: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus $29.00
GPU/PSU: XFX HD-587X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5870 and XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W $449.98 plus $20 MIR
Case/OS:COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced and Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $179.98
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $104.99
DVD: LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS-324-98 $29.99
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5 $74.99

Total: 1228.92 then:1208.92 after $20 MIR

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July 17, 2010 7:05:12 AM

looks good research was done
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July 17, 2010 7:07:38 AM

AMD CPUs can overclock (C3 stepping that is) past 3.8 GHz on air pretty easily, 4.0 GHz shouldn't be a problem. The Core i5 750s reach 4.0 GHz pretty quickly and do beat the Phenom IIs clock for clock.

Otherwise, it's a good solid build.
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July 17, 2010 2:09:19 PM

Lmeow said:
AMD CPUs can overclock (C3 stepping that is) past 3.8 GHz on air pretty easily, 4.0 GHz shouldn't be a problem. The Core i5 750s reach 4.0 GHz pretty quickly and do beat the Phenom IIs clock for clock.

Otherwise, it's a good solid build.


Thanks for the info, if I wanted to Crossfire later is the 750W PSU enough?
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