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August 29, 2010 9:51:58 PM


BUDGET RANGE: <$1000, less = better

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: starcraft 2, large excel models, possibly more intensive gaming in the future

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, os, already purchased i5 750



PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel i5 750 (already purchased), would like a quiet PC

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (if necessary- would rather have a reliable, quiet PC)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Would like the option in the future, unless it is not cost effective


I already own the i5 750 and would be greatful for some expert help in finalizing my build before I pull the trigger on newegg. Any advice on memory, PSU, case deals (that are quality and not too flashy) would be greatly appreciated. Any combo deals would also help.

The video card is the main thing still up in the air. I am thinking of going with the 5770 to begin with for starcraft 2 (this is good enough for 1080p at ultra, right?). Also considering the gtx 460 1gb or the 5850, or the gtx 470. My gut feeling is to go with the 5770 to tide me over with starcraft, and in 6 mo when I'm bored and possibly get new games, I could either get another 5770 or get a better single or dual GPU setup. I've heard that single 5770 and 460 gtx aren't that great for 1080p for today's games.

Here is the build I am considering:

i5 750 (already have this)
asus p7p55d-e pro (chose this because i might want a SSD in the future)
Crucial 4GB 2x2GB dual channel
radeon 5770 1GB
Silverstone 750W
Samsung spinpoint 1TB
Lite-On iHas124
Antec Three Hundred

Thanks for the help!!

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August 29, 2010 10:05:42 PM

Could you list prices on those parts?

IMO the MSI-P55a-G55 would be preferable over that Asus, especially on a budget. Links would help on some of those parts, for example, the RAM could be good or bad depending on the exact model.
August 29, 2010 11:00:13 PM

I would go for a gtx 460 so if you want you can put AA on SC if you want it and also to use the great SLI in a few months.

That P7P55D-E Pro is a good board, and almost the default for 1156 builds with crossfire/sli and usb3/sata6.

For the ram, this will be cheaper and faster:

For a 460, this has a combo with SC2 if you haven't bought it already:

These are other good 460s:

For a 5770, this is a great deal:

The PSU looks good, however it is unnecessary for 5770 xfire and is also more than you need with gtx 460 sli.

If you don't think that the case is too flashy, this is a good deal with a nice PSU that can run the 460 sli.

Ripjaws and p7p55d-e:

Antec EA750 and Antec 600: