Last Check for Advice on $1350 Gaming build.

Hey everyone! Long time viewer-first time poster. Anyway, i have spent the past couple weeks working on a very powerful, yet affordable build to be my new gaming pc, but still have it able to run anything i throw at it and here is what i have come up with.

Case: (Probably not necessary for it to be so large, but have fallen in love with it!) COOLER MASTER HAF 932

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100297L Radeon HD 5830 1GB 256-bit

HD: Western Digital Caviar Black


Cooling:COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus w/ Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

Optical: Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA

Memory: 2x A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)


Processor: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz

This can be shipped to my house for $1324 which is right what im looking for.

Basically what im asking is if anyone has any advice on things that i should swap or change for better overall performance and reliability as well as adding to its ability to survive into the future.

PS: I will be Overclocking the i5 to make it worth the investment as well as that being the only way to unlock 1600mhz for the ram. (Also the reason i have chosen to purchase the CM Hyper212+)

Cheers and Thanks,
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  1. Have you checked out the HAF 922? It is virtually the same size, looks similar etc, but costs a bit less.

    The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus is not worth 60 in any currency. Either get it cheaper from Amazon or somewhere else. Or get this Scythe Yasya $55 ($11 shipping) - a very good cooler, altho must be paired with RAM without tall heatspreaders.

    I've heard anecdotes that this motherboard (MSI P55-GD65 $168) doesn't have the foxconn socket issues that other P55 boards have, and should have all the features that the Asus has, while $10 cheaper, so I personally would choose this over that particular Asus board.

    That RAM says that it can run at 1.75V, which is far too high for intel systems, so make sure that it doesn't run that high or get any of these sets:

    The G.Skill Eco set would be my choice.
  2. Also, I can't see the price on that 5830, but I'd prefer a GTX 460. They generally perform better, even the 768MB versions. Not to mention they run cooler and offer PhysX.
  3. Why would you choose the Eco set over the other 3? and alright ill look into that line of graphics cards, hadnt look to deeply at them yet.
  4. I would recommend the Geforce 460 as well, here is an article:,2684.html

    As for the RAM, this set is CAS latency 7 and cheaper to boot (free shipping):
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

    If you are after lower voltage here is another ECO set with CAS 7 and free shipping:
    G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO
  5. I would choose the Eco set because it is faster than the 1333mhz set, has the same specs as the other two apart from the incredibly low voltage. Which means it will run cool and not use as much energy as the others, or provide plenty of headroom to OC the RAM.
  6. Okay, backtracking to GTX, all of the EVGA are out of stock on newegg. Should i wait for them to be back in stock or pick a different brand. Not quite sure of the different brands and which are relatively higher quality then the others
  7. actually, try comboing the ram and mobo, you can save a lot of money buy doing that.

    I agree with the masses to buy a GTX 460, but if you have the spare change, buy a 5850, (reason why I am telling you to combo). If you dont have the money (or if you do not want to spend it), buy the GTX 460.
  8. Yea i have been unable to find a combo with a motherboard that i am interested in thus far. Am a fan of Asus and the p7p55d-e line. Will probably just look and pick up a gtx 460 1gb for the extra 30 bucks if it will help me in the long run.
  9. And why is it that despite the GTX 460 being recomended by most everyone here it is not displayed on reviews from Toms Hardware such as,2676-4.html. Not contradicting, just curious. The post seemed relatively new (July 5th) so not quite sure why one of the cards would not be included.
  10. I think the GTX 460 must have been released more recently than the 5th.
  11. I dunno what you mean by that... link is broken, also.

    Here's a few good reviews:
  12. Alright, that makes sense. Now what brand of the card should i buy, there are dozens on newegg. Was leaning towards the EVGA but when i went to order they were all sold out.
  13. And will the ram that was suggested G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) fit underneath of the Scythe Yasya?
  14. Yea, RAM without tall heatspreaders will fit underneath the Yasya.
  15. =/ unfortunately, on Newegg, the only 2 1GB models available are Palit or Galaxy... I don't have anything against either company, but the reviews aren't fantastic. People reduce their egg rating for really stupid reasons pretty often though.

    Other sites have it though... TigerDirect included.
  16. So, Would i best best off waiting for EVGA, a quality and assured brand to come into stock or pick up one of the other 2 right now?
  17. Now there's Gigabyte, Zotac, and Sparkle.. (Same for CA?) which are all good in my opinion. Zotac and Sparkle offer lifetime warranties, and Gigabyte offers 3 years (but have a good reputation) on their aftermarket cooled OC'd card.

    I'd take the Gigabyte card for it's cooler, it will circulate air within your case instead of exhausting it, but if you have good airflow (you do, you're getting a 932) it shouldn't be a problem and it will run cooler giving you more OC headroom =].
  18. Personally I wouldn't wait for a card based on brand, but then I have no interest in customer support/warranty. Or know everything EVGA have to offer in those aspects.
    I would consider the Gigabyte card on there as it has two fans which will keep the card quite cool.
  19. Alright thats sounds great ill do that. Last thing, how come it says it is a PCi express 2.0 x16 while most radeons are 2.1 x16, dont expect it makes much difference just curious.
  20. 2.1 has a few of the features that will be included in 3.0. Not speed tho.
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