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July 23, 2010 4:01:41 PM


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Over the next month, will be buying a few parts at a time.

BUDGET RANGE: Around 1500 a little over is ok.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, also some 3D Modeling and Photoshop.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: New Egg, Amazon, what ever has the best deal.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: This is my first build so as long as it preforms well.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (Not to start with but potentiality as a future upgrade.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

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The parts that I have already picked:

Case:
COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:
GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card:
XFX HD-587X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:
Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD:
Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory:
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive:
ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS:
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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So this is my first time ever building a computer, so if these parts dont work together let me know, I honestly dont really know what I am doing I know a little bit about computer components but would not be surprised if something I have in my build does not work with the other parts.

Also I dont know what kind of power supply I should get so a recommendation for this build would be great.

I am open to any recommendation on replacing parts that are listed above if you feel there are better parts for the price just let me know, basically if you guys have any advice at all to make my build better in any way feel free to say it.

Thanks.

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July 23, 2010 4:10:35 PM

No. Just no. First, you've got a lower end board (not low quality, but not feature rich). Second, you've got a massively expensvie case. Third, you've got triple channel RAM when you need dual channel. Finally, you've thrown in a SSD, which is generally a waste of money for gaming PCs, as it doesn't improve performance.

Here's what I'd recommend:

CPU/Mobo: i5-750 and Asus P7P55D-E Pro $365
GPU/PSU: HD 5870 and XFX 750W $440 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Eco 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $105
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $75
Case/Optical: Coolermaster 690 and cheap SATA DVD burner $73
HSF: Sycthe SCMG-2100 $35
OS: Windows 7 Home 64-bit OEM $100
Monitor: Asus 23.6" 1080p $170 after rebate and promo code. Because playing at anything less would be a shame with this machine.

Total: $1,363
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July 23, 2010 4:43:31 PM

MadAdmiral said:
No. Just no. First, you've got a lower end board (not low quality, but not feature rich). Second, you've got a massively expensvie case. Third, you've got triple channel RAM when you need dual channel. Finally, you've thrown in a SSD, which is generally a waste of money for gaming PCs, as it doesn't improve performance.

Here's what I'd recommend:

CPU/Mobo: i5-750 and Asus P7P55D-E Pro $365
GPU/PSU: HD 5870 and XFX 750W $440 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Eco 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $105
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $75
Case/Optical: Coolermaster 690 and cheap SATA DVD burner $73
HSF: Sycthe SCMG-2100 $35
OS: Windows 7 Home 64-bit OEM $100
Monitor: Asus 23.6" 1080p $170 after rebate and promo code. Because playing at anything less would be a shame with this machine.

Total: $1,363


Thanks for the advice, one question though, the i5 760 works t=with the mother board you suggested right?
The i5 760 is only like $9 more then the 750 and is a faster processor so i would wanna get that one if it would work with the mother board you listed.

And if I did want to get an SSD what would you say would be the smallest size i should get to install my OS on so that it would speed up boot times and other stuff.
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July 23, 2010 5:00:18 PM

I would say nothing smaller than 60GB, anything less than that and you will run into space issues trying to put on your most used applications
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July 23, 2010 5:18:26 PM

sneaky jedi said:
I would say nothing smaller than 60GB, anything less than that and you will run into space issues trying to put on your most used applications


Yeah I dont plan on putting a lot on it just my OS and smaller sized Applications that I use alot.
How many GB does Windows 7 64 bit install take up?
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July 23, 2010 5:36:31 PM

The 760 would be fine, but it's a bit more expensive than only $9 when you consider the combo. I don't really think it's worth the extra cost, but that'd be fine.

Just installing the OS would only improve boot times. It wouldn't do much more. Windows 7 takes around 16 GB, but SSDs like to have 20% free space. Generally, it's not worth it to buy anything under 80 GB. I'll still point out that buying one for a gaming build that hasn't already gotten the best GPU (the 5970) and the best CPU (i7-930) shouldn't be spending money on a SSD. It doesn't improve performance, it only improves the perception of performance. Even then, it's only outside of games (i.e. load times). It does nothing for FPS.
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July 23, 2010 8:29:06 PM

Ok thanks for the advice guy, one question though.
Down the line i may want to do some Over Clocking for that would I just need to buy more cooling to make up for the extra heat?
or would this rig be fine to Overclock?
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July 23, 2010 8:47:44 PM

My build's got an aftermarket cooler in it. That's all you'd really need for overclocking.
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July 23, 2010 8:58:13 PM

MadAdmiral said:
My build's got an aftermarket cooler in it. That's all you'd really need for overclocking.


Alright cool, thanks for all the help, I will prob end up getting alot of you recommendations, But you recommend 4 gb ram is the price jump to 6 gb not worth it?
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July 23, 2010 9:42:12 PM

Not when the CPU uses dual channel RAM. The RAM would run at a much slower speed than it should if you used an even number of sticks.

Also, anything above 4 GB isn't really used in gaming.
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