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August 2, 2010 7:56:47 PM


Mobo: EVGA P55 FTW SLI Motherboard

CPU: Core i5 760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz Quad Core

Memory: Corsair Domintor Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz 2x2048MB

GPU: Galaxy GeForce GTX 460 GC

PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro M850 Modular

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200rpm

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower

Gaming mostly, I play both GPU intensive FPS games and CPU intensive RTS games. I dabble a bit in video editing but nothing too serious there.

Planned upgrades:
Once I recover from the initial bill, I would like to purchase another 4GB of the same RAM, a fan controller and another GTX 460 for SLI. Also, I would like to invest in a nice after-market cpu cooler so I can dabble in overclocking somewhere around 3.5GHz in hopes that my cpu can keep up with the rest of the system.

My Thoughts:

PSU: I think I am going overboard in the beginning. However, I wanted enough headroom on the PSU to complete all upgrades listed above and still be okay with regards to power. The PSU calculators I used have me needing somewhere between 800w and 1000w once all upgrades are complete. It looks like the 12v rail has good head room but will 850w be enough when I am all done?

Mobo: Once again I think that I am going overboard here. I do not anticipate on ever using much of the customization power this Mobo provides, but I would like a nice Mobo that I can play around with and break my OCing cherry =).

CPU: Will the i5 760 be good enough to keep up with the rest of my system? Should I just throw down another $100 for an i7 and wait a bit longer for the upgrades?

Its my first time, go easy on me!

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August 3, 2010 8:04:28 PM

That RAm is not worth the money. Better off with a sec of G Skill Eco's. Lower voltage, cheaper and better timings.

Get a 1gb GTX 460, same price as that factory OC one you're linking.

Also, I wouldn't go with the PSU, it's made by Epsilon...
For the money, you're MUCH better off with a XFX 850 made by seasonic. $130 after rebate.

The HAF 922 is cheaper and essentially the same. You really don't need anything bigger as the 922 is larger than many full tower cases already.

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August 4, 2010 3:24:59 AM

Update (because I noticed the preferred template after I posted and some things have changed)

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: less than two weeks

BUDGET RANGE: about $1500 before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Movies, Little bit of video editing.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I need everything.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Wherever I can get them cheapest + with decent return/RMA policy


Current Thoughts:

Mobo: EVGA P55 FTW SLI Motherboard (Anyone recommend a more conservative one?)

CPU: i7 860

Memory G. Skill ECO 2x2GB DDR3 1600MHz


HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200rpm

PSU: Still comparing options….

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower

Monitor, disk drive and others I can figure out on my own.

OVERCLOCKING: In the future yes: Def the processor, maybe the memory and video card if it seems needed.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: If I manage to stick to my budget then I’ll be buying a second card within a month of getting the system.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Don’t have a monitor yet. The one I am considering is 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Once my wallet recovers I plan on another 4gb ram, a second video card, and a nice CPU cooler.

Batuchka: What I take away from those articles is that if I wait a little bit, prices on the mobo + processor that I want will drop. It seems to me that in the world of computing there is ALWAYS the next best thing around the corner so I don’t really think I should go too far out of my way waiting for this stuff to come out…

Banthracis: Thank you very much! I agree with you 100% on the RAM. The GPU you linked is actually $30 more than the one I was considering (after rebate) but it seems well worth it (EVGA and more mem). With the PSU: the XFX looks nice but I am a little nervous sticking with a psu that has maximum 850w. I don’t have much experience with this but all the calculators I have used put me right at 800-900 with everything maxed and I would like more headroom than that. I plan on pushing this thing pretty hard… thoughts? I am going back and forth on the case, I saw the 922 as an option from the beginning, but the 932 has nicer fans and it looks a little better imo. Prolly not worth the extra $$$ at all but I am a sucker for looks. I’ll consider it some more. Thanks again for your comments.