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August 29, 2010 8:16:18 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))

BUDGET RANGE: $1,500 flat

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, movies, surfing,home
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, mouse, keyboard not required

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Reliable brands... not picky
OVERCLOCKING: Yes / No / Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: If it is more cost efficient

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1080op res 1920x dont remember
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: dont want it to be annoying






So it has been a long time since I built my last computer. I've always been behind the curve, and it's time for me to step into the big leagues. My goal is to max out the newest graphic intensive games on my 42" lcd @ 1920x. What do you think of my current build? I appreciate your help! Thanks !!

**The hardware has changed a lot, and I've done my best to get up to speed. Please let me know if my build is lacking in any specific area

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mobo

ASUS P7P55D EVO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131407

$149.99
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cpu

Intel Core i7-875K Lynnfield 2.93GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Unlocked Desktop Processor BX80605I7875K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116368

$329.99

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gpu

EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR 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=N82E16814130550




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ram

CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop
memory Model

$189.99
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hd

HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.C HDS721010CLA332 (0F10383) 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145304

$69.99

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power supply

Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC ...

$99

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case
COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
79.99


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and dvd drive and windows will cost another $120


Total cost down to the last penny including arctic silver and necessary cables = $ 1,477.65
August 29, 2010 8:25:00 PM

Overall it's a nice build. But change that Hitachi PoS drive! Get yourself a Spinpoint F3 1TB (WD Black and Seagate are excellent choices too)
August 29, 2010 8:34:24 PM

upgrade to a 930+ga-x58a-ud3r+ 6gb ddr3.

It's not unlocked but a better platform overall. Giving a better upgrade path and faster ram.
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August 29, 2010 8:36:25 PM

Nice choice of P55 platform, easily the best one for gaming. X58 is more expensive and slower.

Specific parts:

Way expensive 470.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|14-121-372^14-121-372-TS%2C14-500-157^14-500-157-TS%2C14-125-320^14-125-320-TS%2C14-261-070^14-261-070-TS%2C14-127-501^14-127-501-S01

XFX black edition PSU is nicer, 100 watts more, better efficiency, and only 4$ more.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Why the nice unlocked overclocking CPU but no heatsink and bad overclocking ram? In my opinion drop the 8GB of ram for 4GB of G.skill eco (low voltage, good speed, good timings) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...$.

And take that money saved and use it on a quality heatsink like the Noctua D14 or so: http://www.frostytech.com/articles.cfm for overclocking.

Have you looked at the Haf 922? It's 10$ and generally a bit nicer. This is more personal preference than anything, but still something to consider.

Besides that looks good.
August 29, 2010 8:46:54 PM

sp12 said:
Nice choice of P55 platform, easily the best one for gaming. X58 is more expensive and slower.

Specific parts:

Way expensive 470.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|14-121-372^14-121-372-TS%2C14-500-157^14-500-157-TS%2C14-125-320^14-125-320-TS%2C14-261-070^14-261-070-TS%2C14-127-501^14-127-501-S01

XFX black edition PSU is nicer, 100 watts more, better efficiency, and only 4$ more.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Why the nice unlocked overclocking CPU but no heatsink and bad overclocking ram? In my opinion drop the 8GB of ram for 4GB of G.skill eco (low voltage, good speed, good timings) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...$.

And take that money saved and use it on a quality heatsink like the Noctua D14 or so: http://www.frostytech.com/articles.cfm for overclocking.

Have you looked at the Haf 922? It's 10$ and generally a bit nicer. This is more personal preference than anything, but still something to consider.

Besides that looks good.


I don't trusT XFX PSU's that much. Antec, Corsair, OCZ and CM are manufacturing the best PSU's if you ask me.
Anonymous
August 30, 2010 8:26:49 PM

I just wanted to thank everyone for your great suggestions!!!

Here is the final build!! I am walking to the bank right after I post this. I will give this thread one last look before I place my order.

I even managed to get squeeze the 480gt in there and still make it a $1,500 build (without including rebates). I AM SO PSYCHED :) !!!!

So here it is:

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

79.99

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MSI N480GTX-M2D15-B GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

449.99 then used promo code for additional 10% with free mafia 2 and $30 mail in rebate. Sick deal!

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XFX Black Edition XPS-850W-BES 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC ...

149.99 without the 10% discount promo code and $30 rebate

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G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO

98.99

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ASUS P7P55D EVO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

144.99

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The difference is then covered by the necessary cables for the barebone components, a copy of windows and the NH-D14 CPU cooler.

Grand Total: $1,409.82

Then subtract another $80 from rebates.

Any input would be greatly appreciated as I am leaving for the bank right now, and 30-40 minutes from making the order. Take care fellas, and thank you for everything!!

August 30, 2010 8:32:23 PM

looks greats.
enjoy!
August 30, 2010 8:38:04 PM

i7-875k & GTX480...... all i can say is: happy gaming!:D 
August 30, 2010 8:43:53 PM

x58 is slower??? WHy? HOW? where?
August 30, 2010 9:46:07 PM

Somebody_007 said:
x58 is slower??? WHy? HOW? where?


Nobody said something like that.
August 30, 2010 9:51:20 PM

actually SP12 did, and im a bit curious why too.

Thats a nice solid build, the XFX 850 will give you plenty of power for upgrades down the line and is a very well performing unit, it got a 9.6/10 overall at jonnyguru.
August 30, 2010 9:55:06 PM

X58 has lower turbo mutlipliers, so the equivalent (cheaper) P55 proc will overclock itself automatically at least 1, and often 3 steps higher. Another advantage P55 has is at the same price point an outright faster processor is cheaper than the X58 equivalent.
August 30, 2010 9:58:25 PM

you are right, i never thought of it that way, im not usually considering the CPU to be a limit on performance since most of these are higher resolution gaming builds, but you still have a good point.
Anonymous
August 30, 2010 10:07:23 PM

Everything has been ordered! :bounce: 


Now I play the waiting game :pt1cable: 

Ooo I'm also hoping the cooler fits in the case and doesn't have any conflicts with the ram slots. That thing looks huge.

I will find out soon lol
August 31, 2010 7:47:06 AM

sp12 said:
X58 has lower turbo mutlipliers, so the equivalent (cheaper) P55 proc will overclock itself automatically at least 1, and often 3 steps higher. Another advantage P55 has is at the same price point an outright faster processor is cheaper than the X58 equivalent.


Aahh I thought you meant p55 is faster regardless of price. but yeah obviously a lower end platform will give you more bang for buck but then x58 offers many advantages over p55 aswell.
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