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What do you think of my $1k gaming/vide editing build?

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August 8, 2010 12:06:13 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within the next week
BUDGET RANGE: $1000 After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, video editing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I like newegg, but wherever is reputable and inexpensive
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: None
OVERCLOCKING: No
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Not sure. I have a 22” widescreen
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Will probably upgrade monitor and go Blu Ray down the road. This will be my first time building a computer. I used the guides I found here to come up with this build.

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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...

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON 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 Writer LightScribe Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am trying to get the most bang for my buck, and would like to avoid/minimize assembly & setup issues. Thanks for any/alll advice!


August 8, 2010 1:14:32 AM

Looks good to me, see if you can get some combos.
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August 10, 2010 4:56:19 PM

Two questions:

1) Would I get much improvement by bumping up to 6gb of RAM?
2) Do I have any need for additional CPU Cooling? No overclocking planned.

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August 10, 2010 5:03:26 PM

No need for additional cooling if you don't plan on overclocking.

The i5-750 does best with RAM added in groups of 2 sticks. Going to 6 GB, you'd drop your memory throughput to single-channel, which would result in a decrease in performance. If you're thinking of adding more RAM, jump to 8 GB. (You could, of course, add 2x 1 GB sticks, but that seems unnecessary.)

I'd start with 4 GB, and only add additional RAM if you find that you're running low on memory while editing video. 4 GB is more than enough for gaming.

Build looks solid.
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August 17, 2010 8:41:23 PM

I made some changes. Any more thoughts? Am I good to go from a compatibility perspective?

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

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

RAM: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: MSI N470GTX-M2D12-B GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DRIVE: 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...

CASE: COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD: SAMSUNG Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Combo Drive - Bulk Model SH-B083L/BSBP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TOTAL: $1048
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August 18, 2010 5:34:47 PM

Am I good to go? :whistle: 
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September 25, 2010 11:41:09 PM

Best answer selected by Spiderm0n.
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