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Gaming build

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August 6, 2010 8:29:12 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: today or anytime in the next few weeks.

BUDGET RANGE: under 500, close to 400 much better.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, transcoding 1080P in real-time streamed to ps3.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Mouse, case and fans, video card, 64GB ssd, Hard drives,

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg. Not a strong preference but I have used them before and I trust them.


OVERCLOCKING: Nothing too extreme. maybe 20%

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Crossfire likely down the road.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 primary, 1680x1050 secondary monitor.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have a HD5770 and may get a second early 2011, so crossfire would be nice. I also have 4 harddrives for storage and a 64GB ssd for the system drive.

Is this a good build? What's a good budget i5 cooler? Or is the stock cooler decent these days?

Intel Core i5-750

OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W
$110 after rebate

free shipping
Total $394

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August 6, 2010 9:23:50 PM

The second PCI-E slot on the Asus P7P55 LX is x4, which is probably not worth adding a second graphics card to.
The motherboard in this combo, I believe, has two slots at x8: Intel Core i5-750 & EVGA P55V 120-LF-E651-TR $270 ($20 rebate).

The deal on that PSU & RAM is fantastically good, so I'm a bit reluctant to point out that OCZ RAM has a bad reputation for being difficult to run at the specified speed/timings/voltage, as you may have no problems, and it will be very difficult to find any other combo of RAM and PSU for a similar low price.

What size heatsink can your case accommodate? The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus below $30 is probably one of the best choices you can make for cooling performance.
August 6, 2010 9:51:00 PM

The EVGA P55V 120-LF-E651-TR you suggest is for SLI, not crossfire.

I'm thinking about getting the Antec 900 for $65 on newegg. That way I can keep my current computer functional once I get a video card for it.
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August 6, 2010 11:00:22 PM

Sorry I saw two PCI-E slots at x8 and assumed that it would do crossfire. Looks this will be the cheapest motherboard: MSI P55A-G55 $125 ($20 rebate, $3 shipping).

Yea the Antec 900 will be able to accommodate pretty much any heatsink on the market. Do you have an upper limit on price for a heatsink? Any preference for quiet?
August 7, 2010 12:04:09 AM

I would pay as much seems reasonable to put into a cpu cooler paired with that RAM. At some point it would be better to put aftermarket cooling $ into a better CPU on stock cooling.
So maybe $20- 35.
Not extremely loud would be nice.
I have been putting my case in my closet with the cables running under the door. Then opening the door to playing games or if it's a hot day to stay cool. So quiet is not critical.
August 7, 2010 6:20:11 AM

That RAM is now out of stock and won't be on sale anymore once they get more in. So I'm back to square one.
August 8, 2010 2:57:18 PM

Looks pretty hard to beat.