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First time computer build, how are my components?

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July 22, 2010 10:35:53 PM

Hi, I'm building a PC for the first time. I want to have a decent gaming machine that has room to grow for future needs. I want to keep costs at around 1200 - 1400 including software and monitor. Let me know if this is good or not! Thanks!

CPU - Intel i5-750 2.66
Motherboard - ASUS P755D Pro LGA 1156
memory - G. Skill trident 4gb (2 x 2g) 240 pin DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000)
hard drive - Western digital Caviar black WD1002FAEX 1 TB 6.0 gb/s
video card - Radeon HD5750 1GB (can't decide between XFX or Gigabyte, suggestions?)
Case - Thermaltake V4 Black Edition VM30001W2Z Black SECC / Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Monitor - Samsung P2450H Rose Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD
DVD - LG Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 2
PSU - KINGWIN Mach 1 ABT-700MA1S 700W ATX / BTX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready
OS - windows 7 Home
July 23, 2010 12:32:59 AM

This topic has been moved from the section Opinions and Experiences to section Systems by Buwish
July 23, 2010 7:10:04 AM

A few things u should know about SATA/USB 3.0 tech and mobos as shown by our very own forums here
USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s, Motherboards, And Overcoming Bottlenecks
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/usb-3.0-sata-6gb,25...
Also note that LGA 1156 shall be usurped by LGA 1155 as soon as end of this year/possible Q1 next year if u intending to sink a wee bit on chip + board FYI...
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2010/04/21/intel-...


That aside at 1st glance your config looks terribly GPU lite and CPU/Mobo heavy for a serious gaming rig
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July 23, 2010 5:43:46 PM

^+1. For 1920x1080, I don't think you want anything less than a HD5770 unless your titles are all older ones.
You're unlikely to see any real benefit to RAM that is any faster than DDR3-1333. That might be a place to save some money.
I was very surprised to see that your PSU got a Silver award at HardwareSecrets, since it doesn't have full range active PFC and isn't notably efficient. Personally, I think you can do better. Unless you're planning to add a second GPU, 500W-550W is all you need. Look for full range active PFC (no little voltage switch) and 80+ certification. Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, and Enermax are among the better brands.
July 23, 2010 6:08:31 PM

CPU: ~$200 i5 750
MBO: ~$190 P7P55D PRO
RAM: ~$110 GSkill 2x2 (4gb) 1600 Mhz CL7
HDD: ~$75 Spinpoint f3 or 7200.12 1TB
DVD: ~$17 LITEON
PSU: ~$75 Antec 550W (Corsair, Seasonic, Enermax are awesome too, as jtt283 mentioned)
GPU: ~$300 5850
O/S: ~$100 Windows 7 64-bit HP
Case: <$100 Antec 300 illusion for cheaper end, HAF 922 for closer to 100 end
Monitor: ~$220 24" 1920x1200(or 1080) Acer or w/e

Without combo deals this ends up at a tad over $1400.
Don't have time to get all the links, but I hope this leads you in the right direction.
With newegg combos, etc. you should be able to afford all this no problem with your budget.
!