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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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  1. 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,2583.html
    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...
  2. 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.
  3. 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

    GPU: EVGA GTX 460 1GB DDR5

    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.
  4. You can sli gtx 460's on a 650W PSU. 850 is way overkill already.

    Best P55 mobo would be a Asus p7p55D-E Pro $180

    You can also knock down the price by grabbing some combo deals.
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