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August 11, 2010 1:29:41 PM

I'm looking to put together a build very soon. The last time I built was over 6 years ago, so I'm looking for some advice with what I've come up with so far. I have money to spend, but I'm not looking to go overboard. I just want a build that is going to be able to handle the latest games well, for a reasonable price.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week
BUDGET RANGE: 1000-1300
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED:Speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (e.g.: Grand Fenwick)
PARTS PREFERENCES: Good brands
OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

Case:
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Fans:
2x Antec 761345-75120-9 120mm Case Fan

HD:
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Video 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

PSU:
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Mouse:
Logitech MX 518 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 1800 dpi Gaming Mouse

Keyboard:
Logitech K120 Black USB Wired Standard Keyboard

RAM:
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ

Mobo:
GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU:
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750

CPU Cooling:
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

CD/DVD:
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X 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 CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Monitor:
ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers

A couple of questions:

1. Is 650W sufficient? Or is 750W a better choice?
2. I've also been looking at the G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL, is this a more appropriate choice? Is PC3 12800 suitable, or is PC3 16000 a valuable upgrade?
3. Any other concerns?

Thanks in advance.

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August 11, 2010 2:05:59 PM

1. 650 is more than sufficient for only 1 HD5850. Since you don't plan to XFire, you can reduce the PSU down to about 450-500W.

2. G.Skill Ripjaws is currently definitely among the favorites.PC12800 is enough, PC16000 is expensive.

3. Samsung F3 could be a better choice than that one from WD.

4. A better after market proc fan perhaps? Thermaltake Frio for example.

5. Have you considered to get an SSD? OCZ Vertex 2 or Crucial C300 perhaps?

And, despite all of my comments, your system is already good.
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August 11, 2010 2:10:21 PM

Seems like a decent enough build.
You say you don't want to go overboard yet you are getting a motherboard that is USB 3 capable and im going to guess SATA 3 capable too, this is quite superfluous for your needs and i'd advise getting an equally capable motherboard but lacking in USB 3 and SATA 3 for a lower price.

As for your PSU question, 650W will be just fine for your current build, however if you have an eye for crossfiring a second 5850 in the future then the 750W would be a wiser investment now. If not, then stick with the 650W.

The second set of ripjaws you linked to are a higher quality, more enthusiast/gamer oriented pair of sticks, most likely they'll run a bit cooler due to the more ostentatious heat pipe system and have tighter timings thus runnnig a little faster, other than that both will serve you perfectly fine so go for whatever you feel is best to your needs.

Replace the Western Digital HD with a Samsung Spinpoint F3, much better.

In terms of your keyboard and mouse, i prefer roccat to logitech but you seem set on them so go with your own personal preferences there.

Other than that, excellent work.
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August 11, 2010 3:44:32 PM

Yea, I agree that you might consider upgrading the PSU to 750w as in the future if you need to Xfire to keep up with new games, you can easily do that. Here's a good choice:

Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Everything else looks great!
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August 11, 2010 4:49:10 PM

Thank you to everyone for your input.

One other question I forgot to ask was nowadays do mobo's come with any pre-supplied cables? The hard drive I am getting is a bare drive, so I don't think that even comes with a SATA cable, but it's not mentioned in any of the product descriptions.

Are there any cables that I may overlook which are necessary?
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August 13, 2010 12:34:14 PM

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