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August 2, 2010 2:34:58 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-2 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: Under $1000 after rebates (the more money i save the better)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming (SC2, Crysis2, WOW, etc. on highest setting i can get it to run smoothly), surfing the internet, watching movies, occasional school work

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

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: anywhere that is cheapest (staying away from combos because they will probably be gone by the time i'm ordering)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States (Northern Virginia)

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU

OVERCLOCKING: Yes (i'm a noob but i'm going to try)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is just a list of parts that i came up with as a starting block. Not really sure if everything goes together. I started off without knowing anything about computer building. Did a bunch of research, but there is so much information i need some help.

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Updated List

CPU: Intel Core i5 750 Processor Boxed

Graphics Card: XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
gonna stick with the 5850 unless i can get the extra $30 dollars off somehow.

Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7,200RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

Optical Drive: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Writer - Bulk - LightScribe Support - OEM

Motherboard: MSI P55A-G55 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
The MSI is cheaper than the GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 i had originally planned.

PSU: OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

RAM: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
is this case still big enough to accommodate everything including the cooler/heat sink?

Cooler/Heat Sink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler

This build is coming out to $932.30 after all rebates, shipping, and taxes

BIG QUESTION: Will this build last me 2-3 years?

all suggestions are still welcome. hopefully this will be a successful build. Thanks everyone!

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August 2, 2010 3:11:46 AM

Firstly... you should be geting a 1gb version of GTX460 - they're nearly identical to the 5850 in mos games... yet cheaper. in SC2 they actually perform better.
-The Palit Sonic is 10% off until tomorw... $230 - 10%. heck of a deal on newegg.

*i stick to Gigabyte myself... and always reccomend them
550watts is plenty for you... check out the OCZ lineup on newegg.. they're on sale. Can get a 550wat modular 80+ certified for $45 after rebate

Check this out for RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

they're ugly as hell, but have good specs for a dirt cheap price

If you want to overclock, pickup a hyper 212+ heatsink with some Arctic Silver 5 thermal grease
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August 2, 2010 9:34:06 PM

lowriderflow said:
Firstly... you should be geting a 1gb version of GTX460 - they're nearly identical to the 5850 in mos games... yet cheaper. in SC2 they actually perform better.
-The Palit Sonic is 10% off until tomorw... $230 - 10%. heck of a deal on newegg.

*i stick to Gigabyte myself... and always reccomend them
550watts is plenty for you... check out the OCZ lineup on newegg.. they're on sale. Can get a 550wat modular 80+ certified for $45 after rebate

Check this out for RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

they're ugly as hell, but have good specs for a dirt cheap price

If you want to overclock, pickup a hyper 212+ heatsink with some Arctic Silver 5 thermal grease


i've read some reviews and tests and i think i'll be sticking with the 5850. if i were to sli then i would definitely go for gtx460s, but for now i'll choose the 5850.
is OCZ a brand that i can rely on because for some reason i think i read somewhere that they are not. not entirely sure though so input much appreciated.
the ram seems to have few reviews and half of them are 1stars so i'm kind of scared to go with that. the price is amazing though.
thanks for the heatsink suggestion. i think i will go with that.

mosox said:
You can get a HD 5870 in your budget:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Your RAM isn't in stock now, you can get this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


if the combo is still around when i am ordering i probably will pick it up, but i doubt it will be there.
what's the difference between the ram you have posted and the ram that i have posted? there is a 5 dollar difference.

jsc said:
Neither your case nor your motherboard comes with a system speaker. You can buy one here:
http://www.cwc-group.com/casp.html


are system speakers necessary? if so i will be picking one up as well.

I'll edit my post to include the heatsink. Thanks for all the suggestions and replies so far!
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August 2, 2010 9:48:42 PM
August 2, 2010 10:41:40 PM

that build looks great.
was wondering though about intel core i5 750 and intel core i5 760.
i can get a i5 750 for $160 and the i5 760 for $190.
is the extra .14GHz worth $30?
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August 2, 2010 10:51:47 PM

no it isn't worth it plus u will just be wasting money on the i5 because the x4 955 can handle everything
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August 3, 2010 1:19:16 AM

I mixed and matched stuff. If my build is good then i'm going to order it in a week.
also is the 5870 worth the extra $100? for now i'll stick with the 5850, but i am curious.
i found this card HIS H587FN1GD Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card and was wondering if it is worth it. kinda worried about some of the reviews.
also i may crossfire in about a year if this motherboard can (i think it can).
Thanks for all the help so far!
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August 3, 2010 5:51:55 AM

Since it's for gaming you can switch to AMD as mrhoshos96 said. And a longer life platform too. AMD caught up with Intel on the budget and mid-range CPUs and Intel is replacing the sockets soon.
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August 3, 2010 10:38:25 AM

/\+1
great card yep it's worth it and his is a great brand the only prob. is they don't have lifetime warranty like xfx.
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August 3, 2010 10:57:11 PM

I tried to pull some extra cash, but I can't get enough for the 5870.
I'm going intel because my uncle has worked with intel for a while and he is helping me put it all together. :p 
If I can get a final thumbs up from people here on the build I'm going to order it.
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