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August 23, 2010 1:03:50 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: September?

BUDGET RANGE: Around $1500?

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming :) 

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, keyboard, software.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: ATI card and Intel processor.

OVERCLOCKING: Nope.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, but not now.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1280


Hey this is my first time building a cpu. I've been researching for this few days and finally drafted my components out.
However, I am still at lost.


CPU/Processor:Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or

Intel Core i5-660 Clarkdale 3.33GHz 4MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80616I5660
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model KHX1333C7D3K2/4G

GPU: HIS H587FN1GD Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or

XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or

SAPPHIRE 100281-3SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 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...

Optical Drive: ?
PSU: ?
Case: ?
Cooler: ?

Any suggestion for the above?

Some question though, which processor should i go for , i-5 660 or i-5 760? 3.33GHz vs 2.8GHz?
Does that mean that the i-5 660 will run faster since it has 3.33GHz? Or the extra cores will enable i-5 760 to run faster?

And any difference between those 3 cards stated above other than different manufacturer?
If not, i should just pick the cheapest one , right?

Lastly, i do need a full HD monitor for this card right?
If so...

Monitor: ?

Thanks in advance :) 
I'll be back afterward.

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August 23, 2010 1:11:53 AM

Get the i5-750, but I'm not 100% on the mobo. It's awfully expensive to not even have X8/X8 PCIe slots. GA-P55A-ud3/MSI-P55a-G55 come to mind.

RAM is bad, high voltage and expensive. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would look into a GTX 470, it's often available for 260$ (like the MSI version today) and often matches/beats a 5870.

Seagate has the highest rate of HD failures, and the 7200.12 series has gotten a reputation for it. Get the samsung f3.
OD: Any Sata with lightscribe.
PSU: XFX black edition 850watt for 105$ (ends soon)
Case: HAF 922 for 90$ a Newegg
Cooler: Hyper 212+ for 25$ or less, search google products.

Monitor, I would suggest an IPS monitor, but a TN is a good deal cheaper if color accuracy isn't important. On a purely gaming build a 3D monitor may make sense.
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August 25, 2010 8:24:20 AM

I'm with sp12 on the CPU, RAM, GPU, OD, Case and Cooler. For PSU if that deal ends (I haven't checked for it) then Corsair HX-850, TX-850 are both good. A different XFX, Antec and OCZ are also good alternative if you find a good deal on 'em.

With the hd, there hasn't been enough research or data collection to verify that the 7200.12 drives have a high failure rate, but switch to a Samsung F3 anywho if you can, since it's slightly faster (usually)
For the Hyper 212+, Amazon has it at a decent price.

For monitors:
23.6" LCD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
23" LED http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
24" LED http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Those are ones I'd recommend, I'd go for the Samsung 23" LED if you can afford the extra and the Asus 23.6" if you can't.
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