Slight variation on a recommended build ($1300)

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 days

Budget Range: $1300 CAD Current build is at $1277 which suites me fine.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, gaming, gaming, surfing the internet

Parts Not Required: Power Source. I’ll be reusing my Rocketfish 700.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: ATI Card

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: When the prices drop on current cards

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080. My 2 year doesn’t know it yet but he’ll be buying me a new monitor for Christmas so I’m planning for it now.

I don’t have any comments but I have a question I’m hoping you can answer in regards to this build.

I’ve built this as a slight variation on a recommended build by tecmo34. The main difference is the 5850 vs. the recommended 460. I’ve seen comments in some posts and in the BestConfigs threads that the 5850 will perform better with an i5-750 instead of the i5-760 I have here. I can’t find anything to back this up other than some random comments here and there. Any truth to this? I don’t mind getting the i5-750 because it’s obviously cheaper but I don’t have a problem paying a bit more for the i5-760. Seems a no brainer to me unless there is a performance issue I don’t know about.

Here’s my build:

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

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

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler

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

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

steelseries Merc Stealth Black USB Wired Ergonomic Gaming Keyboard

RAZER DeathAdder Precision Optical Gaming Mouse - 3.5G Infrared Sensor

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Thanks in advance for looking this over for me!
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  1. The i5 760 is a later version of an i5 750. Its just faster. There is no issue of compatibility between a CPU and graphics card. There could be motherboard chipset issues, but that would be the motherboard, not the CPU. With current hardware the only issue is that there are no new AMD motherboards that can SLI nvidia graphics cards.

    Have you used a gaming keyboard like that one before?
    If you dont play a single character in a single game alot, you likely wont develop the memory of the programmable keys to make it a useful purchase.

    You might consider getting Tuniq TX3 instead of AS5.

    Check the HAF 912. Its a brand new model that is well designed and has dust filters, which the 922 does not. I have become a big fan of dust filters to reduce the need to open up and dust out the PC.
  2. Hey dndhatcher,

    Have you seen this 80-way Thermal Interface material Roundup from Benchmark Reviews?

    They ranked the Shin-Itsu MASSCOOL Thermal Paste as the best, although Arctic Silver 5 and Tuniq TX3 are also recommended. Their conclusion was that the high end products are all very close together, so as not to make a big difference.

    As for the case, the darn Canadian site has a $35 shipping charge on the 912, effectively making it the same price as the 922, after you purchase some aftermarket fans. There is only a single 120 mm that comes with the 912, and you have to like those 2 X 200 mm fans on the 922 - the airflow through it must be incredible.

    I have but added filters to my Coolermaster case to cut down on some of the dust/animal hair (I have two dogs and a cat). Don't see these fan filters on the CA site, but am sure that you can find something on-line that will work.
  3. Shin-etsu is now on newegg. Didnt used to be. I looked for it after reading some review and couldnt find it.

    I read an article that felt because of the different viscosity, TX3 was easier to apply well on direct contact coolers and AS5 was better for flat/lapped base heatsinks.

    If you are low on funds you can even use a slice of american cheese instead of thermal compound (overclocking not recommended).

    I got those fan filters at Frys for like $4, but they dont work well in my Antec 900. Im going to use them on the side panels of my Antec 300s instead.
  4. I noticed myself that the HAF 912 has only the one 120mm fan so I's need to buy a number of aftermarket fans to add to it to compare to the HAF 922s 1 120mm and 2 200mm fans. I've also seen a few youtube videos where you can make some pretty simple filters for the 922.

    I'm going to be buying a number of components from Canada Computers for cheaper or the same price as newegg without the shipping so I'll check into maybe getting the 912 and the fans.

    I should have mentioned I play MMOs and FPS almost exclusively so the keyboard and everything on the left hand side should come in handy.

    Thanks for answering my question dndhatcher! The TH community never fails to impress me :)
  5. get serious! lol! the shipping alone without taxes is over $130

    Case-Coolermaster Haf 922 -$89.68

    better case imo but that choice is a personal one
    Coolermaster CM 690 II Advanced -$79.75

    CPU-Intel Core I5 760 -$205.99

    MOBO-Asus P7P55D-E PRO -$ 179.99

    GPU-XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850
    go with that one it's a very good deal

    RAM-G.SKILL F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO -$100
    Pricematch from

    HDD-Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB SATA2 3.5IN 8.5MS 7200RPM 32MB -$59.99

    HSF-Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus-$25.22

    OD-Samsung SH-S223L/BEBS 22X SATA Black DVD Writer Lightscribe OEM -$18.99

    Monitor-ASUS VH242H 23.6"-$ 174.99 after mir

    KB-SteelSeries MERC Stealth -$76.77

    MOUSE-Razer DeathAdder 3500dpi 3.5G -$ 49.99

    Arctic Silver 5 -$5.38

    OS-Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM-$93.79

    That just saved you @$105 off the same components.
    Just pricematch everything except the 5850 from
    I'm sure the shipping is cheaper since they now ship out of Ontario as well as B.C.
  6. Prices on par with the US!! Excellent, Davcon. Go get 'em Canada: build your hearts out.
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