First Time Builder

Hey, I'm a new-comer in the computer-building world and am trying to build a relatively good gaming PC for ~$1800 not including monitor/keyboard/mouse. Since this is my first time, I'm a little skeptical about my judgement and would appreciate some constructive criticism on my build:


Processor - AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103849
Motherboard - MSI 890FXA-GD70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130274
Cooler - CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181010
RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303
Graphics Card - 2x Crossfired HIS Turbo H587FNT1GDG Radeon HD 5870's
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161331
Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar Black WD10000LSRTL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136337
Case - COOLER MASTER HAF 922 BLUE (With an additional 200mm mounted on the side)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119224
Power Supply - Rosewill BRONZE series RBR1000-M 1000W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182188
DVD Burner - ASUS Black 24X DVD+R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204


Good? Bad? Did I forget anything major? Any advice would be appreciated, thanks!
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  1. Hey, Kei

    Processor
    Change out the processor to a 1055t and the motherboard - here is a great combo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.509791
    I changed this because the 1090t is not needed and the 1055t can be overclocked to 4ghz flawlessly

    Cooler
    Bad idea with the H50, it is beaten by almost everything.. even $30 coolers. This cooler => http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018&Tpk=nh-d14 is the god of the gods of coolers.
    Another option is the hyper 212+ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&cm_re=hyper_212_-_-35-103-065-_-Product
    Or the popular scythe, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142&cm_re=sythe-_-35-185-142-_-Product

    Graphics Card
    Only get one 5870 and if you need more power get another. I would wait until Mid-October-ish time for the 6XXX to come out

    Power Supply
    Never go with rosewill, they are unreliable junk. Some other options,
    - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139007&cm_re=1000w-_-17-139-007-_-Product
    - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171056&cm_re=1000w-_-17-171-056-_-Product
    There are many others too

    Hard Drive
    The spinpoint f3 => http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&cm_re=spinpoint_f3-_-22-152-185-_-Product beats the caviar black in everything, its cheaper and faster.. what's not to like?

    RAM
    I would go with g.skill eco http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231321&cm_re=eco_4gb-_-20-231-321-_-Product they have lower voltage meaning, you can overclock them further.

    Did you forget your OS?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754&cm_re=windows_7_64_bit_home_premium-_-32-116-754-_-Product
  2. Thanks for the quick reply!
    I can definitely see your point on the processor, and if it can really be oc'd to 4ghz so easily, I'll absolutely get it over the 1090. I really have no idea how to tell what makes a -good- motherboard, so I can't really see what's better about the new one. As for the cooler, the main reason I looked into it is because I don't want a huge heatsink in my case, and it seems to give relatively good performance based on the reviews I saw, but I suppose I'm not absolutely sure. Also, the main reason I got the PSU was because it was in a combo with the processor I was getting, but I suppose that's a moot point now. Finally, the main reason I'm crossfiring those two is because I don't plan on getting the 6xxx series when it's released, as it'll probably be too pricey for my blood
  3. Gaming computer? Get the Phenom II X4 965 or 970.
  4. Yeah I was considering the 970 in the first place, but I wasn't too sure. Also, any tips for choosing a motherboard? Specs for every other part make sense to me, but I can't pick a decent motherboard for the life of me.
  5. kei said:
    Thanks for the quick reply!
    Finally, the main reason I'm crossfiring those two is because I don't plan on getting the 6xxx series when it's released, as it'll probably be too pricey for my blood


    What screen resolution are you using?

    one 5870 might be enough and if your not happy about the performance you could buy another one later.

    If you wait till the 6xxx series release, the 5xxx series prices will most likely drop.
  6. At $209 a card, you can't say no to xfire 5850:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127500

    Same price as a 5870 and the same performance of a 5970.

    Faster memory for $10 less:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145285

    Same speed hard drive for $35 less:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    A better PSU for $15 less:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207003

    Also, you could get a P55/i5 760 system for about the same price and slightly better gaming performance.
  7. Gamer-girl said:
    What screen resolution are you using?

    one 5870 might be enough and if your not happy about the performance you could buy another one later.

    If you wait till the 6xxx series release, the 5xxx series prices will most likely drop.



    I'm not too sure yet. It'll most likely be 1920x1080 or 1920x1200, though.
  8. 2x 5850s will be great for those resolutions (a bit of overkill never hurts right?).
  9. After some reconsideration from this thread and others, I've made a somewhat different build:

    Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 970 Deneb 3.5GHz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103894
    Cooling: CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series (I still don't see how it's bad)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181010
    Motherboard: ASUS Crosshair IV Formula
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131644
    RAM: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231321
    Graphics Card: Two crossfired XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 1GB's (changed simply for the warranty)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150476
    Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 (changed color because of new motherboard =P)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197
    Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139009
    DVD Burner: ASUS Black 24X DVD+R
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    Any better at all? I might switch to crossfired 8580's, but I'm not too sure on it.
  10. Duk/Pizza's build are both all around superior to that one in terms of price/performance. The ECO ram is good, however.

    850 watts is overkill, that PSU is lower quality than the XFX, Crosshair4 is overpriced, 5870s are terrible price/performance compared to the 5850, if you're overclocking the 95 watt 1055t eats the 970 for the same price, H50 has pretty mediocre performance, especially for the price.

    Even then, for this money I'd get an Intel P55 i5-760 build for pure gaming over the 1055t, which I'd get over the 970.
  11. I see, I'll try to improve those, although I'm still at a loss at which motherboard to get


    Edit: Do 5850s just scale better with crossfire? Or is it just that since they're an older model their price/performance is lower in comparison to 5870s? I'm not really -too- concerned with price/performance ratio, as long as it isn't ridiculous - I just want to get the best gaming PC I can for ~$1800
  12. 5850s are as old as the 5870, they have much better price/performance (especially at $210)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127500&cm_re=5850_msi-_-14-127-500-_-Product
    If you insist on getting 2x 5870, at least get a 5970:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161335&cm_re=5970-_-14-161-335-_-Product

    Save $50 and get a 955:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808&cm_re=955-_-19-103-808-_-Product

    The eco ram is fine at the price, however, I still like the corsair for its slightly faster timings and $20 cheaper:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145285

    For a motherboard, I like this or the crosshair 4:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128441&cm_re=890fx-_-13-128-441-_-Product

    The H50 is bad because it is just as loud, more expensive and performs worse than some of the best air coolers.
  13. from my understanding when it gets into the high end like this intel is the better go to guy. up to you though but i would definately be holding off till price drops before dumping 1800 into a pc right now considering its right around the corner
  14. Alright! After much researching on various problems pointed out in this thread I've almost completely redone my build:


    Processor: Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115067
    Cooling: Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Universal CPU Cooler
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835154011
    Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131621
    RAM: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231321
    Graphics Card: XFX HD-597A-CNB9 Radeon HD 5970 Black Edition 2GB 512
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150460
    Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Blue (Might swap out for the HAF X)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119213
    Power Supply: XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207003
    DVD Burner: ASUS Black 24X DVD+R
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204


    I intend on ocing the i5 to 4.0ish and possibly oc the 5970 if necessary. My one concern with this build is if the PSU is good enough to support ocing those, but other than those, I think it's a lot more solid than my original. Thoughts?

    P.S. - Thanks a lot to everyone in this thread, it's helped a lot
  15. That cooler isn't the best, I would go with a NH-D14 or a Megahalems if you want the best of the best for air cooling or a hyper 212+ for something cheaper that can still do 4ghz.

    That build looks good, I might switch out the 5970 for 2x 470:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125320

    And with that change power supply to xfx 850w:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207001

    Everything else remains the same besides the CPU cooler.
    Without combo deals and rebates that costs $1,563.39.
    With them, I could probably get the cost down to about $1,300.
  16. Yeah, well the main reason I went with that cooler is because of this article: http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm. I don't really want to get SLI because the 5970 is more future-proof, as I could just add a second later on and it'd still be very, very good a few years down the road. I'll definitely get that power supply though, thanks!
  17. you would switch to triple channel ram to btw for intel. but i would still recomend waiting a short while to see about the new stuff
  18. What do you mean triple channel ram? I've never actually looked into the difference =X
  19. 3 stick set instead of 2 sticks
  20. oh I see, even on a motherboard with four slots in total?
  21. with the i5 and i7 8 series they use 2,4,8,16,32 gb combination th i7 9 series use 3,6,12,24,48 gb combination the 4gb uis fine with the i5
  22. Oh okay, so if I upgrade to an i7 9xx I need to switch to 6 gb of ram?
  23. Skervy is incorrect, triple channel ram is only for the LGA1366 platform, it does not work on the LGA1156 platform, only dual channel and as the i5 760 is 1156, dual channel ram is what you want.

    Also, that article is done on the outdated LGA775 platform, opposed to the newer 1156 and 1366, making those results inaccurate.



  24. I see, so the megahalems is still the best, I'll probably end up getting it then, since 2-3C off would help ocing a lot.

    Edit: If I get the megahalems and the haf X, how far do you think I could OC the cpu/gpu?
  25. Hey Kei,

    If you are going with the crosshair iv formula.. spend the extra money to get a Crosshair IV Extreme

    Why?
    Because the Crosshair IV Extreme has the new Hydra Chip 200. The hydra chip allows SLI, CrossfireX and even Radeon and NVIDIA cards to be in the same system (with some limitations)

    AMD is less expensive and with SLI it can be the ultimate bang for the buck. The new 6XXX series cards are coming October 12th and will be in stores about a week after. Wait for that
  26. no noctua nd 14 on that comparison? hmm
  27. Mr Pizza said:
    Hey Kei,

    If you are going with the crosshair iv formula.. spend the extra money to get a Crosshair IV Extreme

    Why?
    Because the Crosshair IV Extreme has the new Hydra Chip 200. The hydra chip allows SLI, CrossfireX and even Radeon and NVIDIA cards to be in the same system (with some limitations)

    AMD is less expensive and with SLI it can be the ultimate bang for the buck. The new 6XXX series cards are coming October 12th and will be in stores about a week after. Wait for that



    Well I decided to go with the i5 instead of AMD because they're around the same price range, and i5 usually performs better in games from what I've read, and I probably will be waiting until then if it'll make a decent price difference.
  28. Also, the megahalems doesn't come with a fan, you will need to purchase one separately.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185060&cm_re=scythe_slipstream-_-35-185-060-_-Product

    And if you are going to crossfire 5970 in the future, the xfx 850w PSU will be enough.

    EDIT:
    The NH-D14 is a great heatsink, cools like the megahalems(or better) and is quiet.

    However, it is huge and costs $90.

    I wouldn't get the Crosshair 4 Extreme, the lucid hydra chip is still too new and the bugs haven't been worked out. Even with 2 of the same card, the results are still much lower than xfire or sli, especially at $100 more than the regular Crossfire 4.
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/2910/4

    Overclocks are definitely never guaranteed, however, I would say that you could easily hit 4ghz and probably 5870 speeds on the cpu and gpu.
  29. duk3 said:
    Also, the megahalems doesn't come with a fan, you will need to purchase one separately.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185060&cm_re=scythe_slipstream-_-35-185-060-_-Product

    And if you are going to crossfire 5970 in the future, the xfx 850w PSU will be enough.

    EDIT:
    The NH-D14 is a great heatsink, cools like the megahalems(or better) and is quiet.

    However, it is huge and costs $90.

    I wouldn't get the Crosshair 4 Extreme, the lucid hydra chip is still too new and the bugs haven't been worked out. Even with 2 of the same card, the results are still much lower than xfire or sli, especially at $100 more than the regular Crossfire 4.
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/2910/4

    Overclocks are definitely never guaranteed, however, I would say that you could easily hit 4ghz and probably 5870 speeds on the cpu and gpu.



    5870 speeds on a 5970? :p


    Edit: On a different subject, what is a good thermal paste option? I heard AS5 is pretty outdated nowadays.
  30. my bad lol i thought it was all new intel havent kept up with them since the pentium days im a budget person always been amd :P
  31. 5970 actually is crossfire, but on one card. You can't 'really' upgrade to dual 5970s as you get bad scaling and microstutter.
  32. I meant the clock speeds, that 5970 is clocked at 725 mhz stock and the 5870 is clocked at 850mhz stock.

    The stuff the Megahalems comes with is good, however MX-4 is good as well if you can find it anywhere, I would just save the $10 and use the megahalems TIM.

    EDIT:
    By the time that you may be wanting to look at another 5970, the HD6000 series and the next nvidia gpus will be out.
    I would stay with the xfx 750w psu over the 850w one for this reason.
  33. duk3 said:
    I meant the clock speeds, that 5970 is clocked at 725 mhz stock and the 5870 is clocked at 850mhz stock.

    The stuff the Megahalems comes with is good, however MX-4 is good as well if you can find it anywhere, I would just save the $10 and use the megahalems TIM.

    EDIT:
    By the time that you may be wanting to look at another 5970, the HD6000 series and the next nvidia gpus will be out.
    I would stay with the xfx 750w psu over the 850w one for this reason.


    Will do, thanks!

    Edit: Is it worth going to the HAF X over the HAF 932? Or is the difference negligible?
  34. Any other questions? Also, if you are purchasing from newegg, I think that we can find some combo deals and save some money even if you don't want to do rebates.

    EDIT: The HAF X is worth it over the 932 if you have the money, I think you should compare some reviews of the 922 and the X and see if you think the X is worth the extra $100.
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/cooler-master-haf-922-review-test/
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/cooler-master-haf-x-review/1
  35. I've personally used the Haf X and 922, and both are very large and easy to work in. It just depends on your needs (how many hard drives, GPUs, etc).
  36. sp12 said:
    I've personally used the Haf X and 922, and both are very large and easy to work in. It just depends on your needs (how many hard drives, GPUs, etc).


    I'm just aiming for, at max, two GPUs and possibly an extra SSD, but otherwise nothing really out of the ordinary.

    duk3 said:
    Any other questions? Also, if you are purchasing from newegg, I think that we can find some combo deals and save some money even if you don't want to do rebates.


    Yeah, I'm purchasing from newegg, I'll try to check for some combos on the stuff I'm getting.
  37. i5 760 and P7P55D-E Pro
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.492249

    750tx and 4gb corsair cas7 ddr3 1600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.492796

    750ax and 4gb corsair cas7 ddr3 1600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.499418

    The second one won't actually save you money and the 1st one is a lower quality power supply than the XFX, it will still easily run the 5970 however it is not modular unlike the ax.
  38. duk3 said:
    i5 760 and P7P55D-E Pro
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.492249

    750tx and 4gb corsair cas7 ddr3 1600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.492796

    750ax and 4gb corsair cas7 ddr3 1600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.499418

    The second one won't actually save you money and the 1st one is a lower quality power supply than the XFX, it will still easily run the 5970 however it is not modular unlike the ax.


    Wow, thanks! That first combo is really nice, although I'm a bit iffy about giving up my eco ram. =P
  39. I like the eco ram, however, for only $15 more you can get the gold efficency ax750 psu along with ram that is the same speed.
    Any difference from the lower voltage ram in power consumption will be more than compensated by the higher efficiency PSU.
  40. still not absolutely sure about the difference in intel like amd has am2/am3 cpus old/new but if i got it right the 1366 is the latest so why not get that over the 1156 for a 2 grand computer?

    example under 1000$ (900 after rebates if you use em) psu might not be the greatest but if worried about it sell it on ebay to cover a little cost toward a better one. 800-900$ left for video card or cards and whatever extras you want or need.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.480126

    heres a nice mobo combo according to reviews with the cpu if you could peice it all together with better parts then the whole combo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.505959
  41. skervy said:
    still not absolutely sure about the difference in intel like amd has am2/am3 cpus old/new but if i got it right the 1366 is the latest so why not get that over the 1156 for a 2 grand computer?

    example under 1000$ (900 after rebates if you use em) psu might not be the greatest but if worried about it sell it on ebay to cover a little cost toward a better one. 800-900$ left for video card or cards and whatever extras you want or need.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.480126

    heres a nice mobo combo according to reviews with the cpu if you could peice it all together with better parts then the whole combo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.505959



    It's because the only major difference between i5's and i7's is hyperthreading. Games, at the moment, do not benefit from hyperthreading, and therefore the i5 760 is much better for the price.
  42. The 1156 is actually newer than the 1366, there is not much if any gaming difference between the two and as 1366 is more expensive.

    However, a 1366 build is definitely doable:

    ASUS Black 24X DVD+R
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    XFX HD-597A-CNB9 Radeon HD 5970 Black Edition 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150460

    or save $300 and get the HIS model, your choice:
    HIS H597F2GDGC Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Dual GPU Onboard CrossFire Video Card w/ Eyefinity
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161335&Tpk=HIS%205970

    Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835242001

    Combos:
    G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ
    and
    XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular ...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.492898

    Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930
    and
    ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.495222

    Total with MIR and combos: $1,774.64

    The comparable i5 760 build costs $1,660.76
  43. does not make any sense to me still lol. from the few things i read 1366 supports the newer cpus (high end i7) which is what you would want for an upgradable computer right ^^ anyways how bad is this for an intel build seems solid imo and upgradable. top of line psu and a pretty cool case which would help with your oc temps :P has the psu separate from the mobo. i just picked the same hd and cooler you did cause i have no idea about extreme overclocking. could change the 5970 to whatever brand youd prefer just picked that one at random and good reviews




    oh and theres this if 1156 is newer then why are all the top end intels 1366 down to the 350$ i7? also read them should of been called i5s since they use the 1156 yada yada something or another basically a marketing thing by intel :P
  44. The high end processors are 1366 because that is the high-end socket.
    1156 is the middle and lower end socket. It's like the 480 being released earlier than the 460.
    However, all CPUs on the 1366 are the exact same besides the 980x and 970 with the 4 cores just clocked at different speeds.
    This means that if you overclock an i7 930, you can get better performance than the i7-975 which is a $1000 processor.
    Additionally, as the i5 750 has gaming performance equal or better than the i7 930, you can overclock that to be faster than an i7 975 at gaming. Although this processor lacks hyper threading, this does not affect many if any games performance, making lga1156 the best choice.
  45. Hey guys, Ive come up with the final build and I'm ordering in a few hours:

    CPU: Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115067
    Cooler: Prolimatech Megahalems + Scythe SY1225SL12SH 120mm "Slipstream" Case Fan
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835242001
    Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131621
    GPU: XFX HD-597A-CNB9 Radeon HD 5970 Black Edition 2GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150460
    RAM: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231321
    Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225
    Power Supply: XFX Black Edition XPS-850W-BES 850W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207001
    DVD Drive: ASUS Black 24X
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204


    Any last-minute recommendations?

    P.S. - Where can I find a non-LED 200mm case fan? I want an additional one for the top of my HAF X but having one LED and the other plain would look very odd.

    P.S.S. - Where can I find additional fan clips for the megahalems if I want to set up a push-pull config?

    Thanks!
  46. http://www.frozencpu.com

    all your cooling needs
  47. Thanks, I'll have to order a 200mm fan and possibly another 120mm for my megahalems from there eventually. =P
  48. if you cant find one without leds that you like you could always get one with leds and just cut the wires for em like i did on my destroyer case

    just seen this while browsing to see whats on sale the cpu you want is 170 right now with a promo. great site for catching deals i built my whole pc off deals on there saved atleast 300$ easy also not sure where your from but if you have a microcenter or frys nearbye they have amazing instore deals
    http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?threadid=2260985
  49. Looks like a good build, good luck.
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