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I hate my friend... my build, enjoy n give me a few pointer/tips

I am new to the community, so bare with me.

I hate my friend!!! He got me interested in PC recently. I was going to drop 1200 on a laptop but then i talk to him, and he suggested that i build one for that price. I thought about it and i said, ***.... for 1200, i can get a freakn' sweet desktop.. and get some experiment on building a computer at the same time.

so here is what i got so far.... oh you otta know im a guy that like to go BIG and not go home empty handed....


my main site is newegg.com


Case:COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KXN1-GP Black Steel, ABS Plastic, Mesh bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

CPU: Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950

Motherboard: MSI H57M-ED65 LGA 1156 Intel H57 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Graphic: GIGABYTE Super Overclock Series GV-N470SO-13I GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

Fan?: CoolIT SYSTEMS ECO-R120 Advanced Liquid Cooling (ALC)


Im going for all around computer... gaming, schooling, movies, etc..

okay, well this is what i got so car in my cart... only problem is this is baller status to me, meaning top stuff... i think i need to save some money. maybe go down on the i7 to a i5 plus a 470 to a 460. do i need that mother board? im not going SLI at all. suggestion on a new board if this one isn't the right choice.

i still need to grab some Ram, maybe some gaming ones, 4 or 6 gb. a SATA HD: 500gb is good for me. and some more nik naks...


thank for you input,

MrToesterMan
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  1. Best answer
    For 1200, an i5 is definitely a better bet. This is a build I posted yesterday. Pretty sure the combos are still active.

    i5-760 build for under $1k:

    Case/PSU: Antec 300 + Antec EA750 $129.99

    Mobo/GPU: EVGA P55 SLI + EVGA GTX 470 $459.98-$70 MIR = $389.98

    CPU: i5-760 $208.99

    RAM: G.Skill Eco 2x2GB CL7 $94.99

    HD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 $74.99

    Optical: Cheap SATA burner $16.99

    Total: $985.88-$70 MIR = $915.88

    Potential upgrades:
    i7-860 (+$70): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115214&cm_re=i7-_-19-115-214-_-Product

    i7-870 (+$80): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115213&cm_re=i7-_-19-115-213-_-Product

    SSD Boot Disk (+$110 AR): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227394

    Same mobo with EVGA Superclocked GTX 470 (+$25): http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.520791
  2. not wanting to go SSD yet, want to get my machine up in running first.. then i can use my 500GB SATA hd as a 2nd hd over a SSD one.


    my Real concern is that motherboard... since i won't do a SLI upgrade at all, is that MB even the right choice?
  3. Quote:
    not wanting to go SSD yet, want to get my machine up in running first.. then i can use my 500GB SATA hd as a 2nd hd over a SSD one.

    The SSD was just one potential upgrade. It's not a part of the core build. The point of the SSD isn't for storage though. It's to increase boot times and load times for your OS and most used programs.
  4. You didn't mention what your screen size/resolution is, but if you're not a hard gamer the i7 and 470 probably aren't necessary. Configuration assumes gaming at 1920 resolution, uses an i5 750, and is ready to add a second 470. If you are using 1680 resolution, or don't want to provide for SLI, a cheaper psu, mobo, and (maybe) vid card can be used (-$125).

    Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215

    Plenty of cpu, easy to OC.

    GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4Ppp
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128409

    Supports sli & crossfire, allowing you to add a second 460 if/when needed.

    Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Cas9
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146748

    All the memory speed you need. If you plan to OC, we would choose a bit differently.

    SeaSonic SS-650HT 650W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151091

    Perennial top-quality psu manufacturer, plenty for 2x460

    Palit NE5X460SF1102 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Sonic 1GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814261075

    The 460 is right for gaming at 1920. At lower resolutions, we'd go 5770, a smaller psu, and a cheaper mobo saving maybe $125.

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    Fastest, best value, quality 1 TB HD. Obviously we haven't talked about your disk storage needs.

    Sony Optiarc 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 CD/DVD Burner
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039

    Does everything but eat, quickly, quietly, no Lightscribe which I personall feel is a plus, you may feel differently.

    COOLER MASTER HAF 912
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

    Cases are a matter of capacity, air flow, quiet, and personal taste. This case does the first three, may not suit your taste. It has several bigger brothers you might look at as well, ie, 922, 932, X.

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754

    Total $997 ($982 after $15 MIR) + $14 shipping, no combos.
  5. gkay09 said:
    ^^ Good build there, but you can get the price even further down -
    CPU + Free game
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.512706

    Or Even a SSD would be a very good add-on IMO...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.533171

    Gigabyte P55A-UD3 + Gigabyte GTX 470
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.533437

    RAM -
    $10 off w/ promo code EMCZYYV65, ends 10/13
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

    CM 690 Advanced + CM Silent PRO 600W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.523812

    HDD - You get very good deals at other sites too -
    Samsung F3 1TB -$5 coupon code: BAT5 (expires October 10)
    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=HD-HD103SJ&title=Samsung-SpinPoint-F3-HD103SJ-1TB-SATA2-7200rpm-32MB-Hard-Drive

    DVD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106334

    CPU Cooler - If not going to overclock high, then even this would be a very good option -
    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Universal-Heat-Pipe/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1286517501&sr=8-1

    Mine's still less ;)
  6. ^ Maybe you didnot add properly...
    The above build without SSD with CPU cooler would come to around - ~$850
    With SSD - ~$1024
  7. Twoboxer said:
    You didn't mention what your screen size/resolution is, but if you're not a hard gamer the i7 and 470 probably aren't necessary. Configuration assumes gaming at 1920 resolution, uses an i5 750, and is ready to add a second 470. If you are using 1680 resolution, or don't want to provide for SLI, a cheaper psu, mobo, and (maybe) vid card can be used (-$125).

    I figured that if he was budgeting $1200 for it, I might as well build him a kickass setup. While the 460 will probably be good enough to play most games on high settings for the next few years, the 470 definitely will be, and the motherboard I picked leaves the option to SLI later.

    I guess the question is, does the OP want to spend $1200 on this build, or would he prefer to spend less if possible? If he wants to spend less, then what games does he play and at what resolution?
  8. Yup - that's the question. And if he's currently at 1680 resolution, we can easily put him into a 5770 sytem for $825. Need his feedback now.
  9. OP in your original post you have an i7-950 which is a socket 1366, and a motherboard that is a socket 1156. So these are not compatable.
  10. gkay09 said:
    ^ Maybe you didnot add properly...
    The above build without SSD with CPU cooler would come to around - ~$850
    With SSD - ~$1024

    CPU: $208.99
    mobo/GPU: $434.98
    RAM: $74.99
    Case/PSU: $139.98
    HD:$56.99
    DVD: $19.99
    Cooler: $27.88

    Total: $963.80

    My mobo/GPU combo and case/PSU combos were better, and my DVD drive was cheaper. Using your HD and RAM deals, I could knock another $38 off my price.
  11. cmcghee358 said:
    OP in your original post you have an i7-950 which is a socket 1366, and a motherboard that is a socket 1156. So these are not compatable.

    Didn't even catch that...I saw i7-950 and $1200 and went straight to my i5 build...
  12. ^^ :P Dint know how I missed a part there...
    But as for the build, I would still stick by my graphic card suggestion as it is one of the best GTX 470s out there...

    Anyways it is still advantageous for the OP as like you said he can mix and match the deals post...

    And Yes cmcghee358 is right about the incompatibility...
  13. wow you guys can feed back over a 6 hours span... thank you all!!

    my monitor is something i will need to get also, where i was a laptop person before. but i can multi use my 50inch Hd Plasma tv... i know the picture will be hard at first but in the beginning it going to be for school. then on my free time, i would love to start with shooting games.... and racing, but more shooting.


    thank you cmchee358, i over looked the socket, thank u for pointing that out for me, i will be changing that mother board out... maybe save a few on that... any decent board out there for under 100... ? i will check out everyone eles suggestion on parts later. But for now, i have to get my butt to class and then i got a long 9 hour drive, from New jersey to Maine....
  14. Sure if you go AMD you can get a motherboard under 100 easily.
  15. intel, no AMD.....
  16. okay, well this is my new setup, i finished it off with a SSD drive, i need some help, n a walk threw on how to hook up a SSD and a SATA HHD.


    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827135204
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $19.99


    COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KXN1-GP Black Steel, ABS Plastic, Mesh bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811119194
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$20.00 Instant
    $159.99
    $139.99


    Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822136283
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $69.99


    EVGA 01G-P3-1377-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) FTW 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814130575
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $259.99


    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade
    Item #: N82E16832116713
    Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy
    -$10.00 Instant
    $119.99
    $109.99


    CoolIT SYSTEMS ECO-R120 Advanced Liquid Cooling (ALC)
    Item #: N82E16835227006
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $71.99


    A-DATA S599 AS599S-40GM-C 2.5" 40GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    Item #: N82E16820211487
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $104.99


    CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16817139009
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
    Item #: N82E16820231303
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    -$30.00 Instant
    -$40.00 Combo
    $20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $254.98
    $184.98


    Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
    Item #: N82E16819115211
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813131665
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  17. ps - this runs over my budget but i think i can earn some fast cash...
  18. - You should use the faster, larger, cheaper Samsung Spinpoint 1TB:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&cm_re=samsung_spinpoint_1tb-_-22-152-185-_-Product

    - Get Windows 7 64-bit OEM to use all your memory, and save money:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754&cm_re=windows_7_64_bit_oem-_-32-116-754-_-Product

    - If you must go self-contained liquid, the Corsair H50 and H70 units are well-reviewed. The H70 competes well with the best air, the H50 doesn't. But you can get a fine air cooler for $30 and save money:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&cm_re=hyper_212%2b-_-35-103-065-_-Product

    - Nothing wrong with the quality of the psu you chose. But This 750 Antec is equal quality and will power 2x460 vid cards with ease at half the price:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371026

    - Finally, if you need to save money, the first thing to go should be that SSD. Add it later.
  19. you can get a very good amd based system for 1000 bucks that would be better gaming than that
  20. studguy5 said:
    you can get a very good amd based system for 1000 bucks that would be better gaming than that
    Post it - would love to see it. Here's an easier target, an i5 750 with a gtx 460 for $950.
  21. thank you for this reply, i checked over the items and i made some changes to my list and also deleted the SSD, i kinda figured that the SSD was more of a luxury thing..... :P maybe later on when i upgrade my comp i will add a SSD.


    check my new post of my new list.


    Twoboxer said:
    - You should use the faster, larger, cheaper Samsung Spinpoint 1TB:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&cm_re=samsung_spinpoint_1tb-_-22-152-185-_-Product

    - Get Windows 7 64-bit OEM to use all your memory, and save money:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754&cm_re=windows_7_64_bit_oem-_-32-116-754-_-Product

    - If you must go self-contained liquid, the Corsair H50 and H70 units are well-reviewed. The H70 competes well with the best air, the H50 doesn't. But you can get a fine air cooler for $30 and save money:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&cm_re=hyper_212%2b-_-35-103-065-_-Product

    - Nothing wrong with the quality of the psu you chose. But This 750 Antec is equal quality and will power 2x460 vid cards with ease at half the price:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371026

    - Finally, if you need to save money, the first thing to go should be that SSD. Add it later.
  22. ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827135204
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $19.99


    COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KXN1-GP Black Steel, ABS Plastic, Mesh bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811119194
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$20.00 Instant
    $159.99
    $139.99


    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822152185
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $74.99


    EVGA 01G-P3-1377-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) FTW 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814130575
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $259.99


    Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC ...
    Item #: N82E16817371026
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$40.00 Instant
    $139.99
    $99.99


    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
    Item #: N82E16820231277
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $84.99


    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    Item #: N82E16832116754
    Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy
    $99.99


    CoolIT SYSTEMS ECO-R120 Advanced Liquid Cooling (ALC)
    Item #: N82E16835227006
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $71.99


    Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
    Item #: N82E16819115211
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813131665
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  23. i made the changes that twoboxer suggested, and i hope it's up to parr, now...

    its still running me almost to 1500, but i think i can live with that...
  24. The "only" places I can see to cut are the case (+/- $50) and cooler (~$30). I know you like that case - whether by name or appearance - but the Storm Scout or HAF 912 are good cases, and cost less.

    OTOH, an i5 750 platform would drop the price a what may be a significant amount.

    Ball's in your court now. Have fun with the build! And the rig!
  25. thanks box, ill think about the case idea, and the cpu....

    i picked that case because ithad good airflow and it allowed us to control the air with that knob... but maybe just a simple HAF case will do? maybe that would be a good 50 foll with the 912 HAF
  26. i cutt some more stuff, and just downgraded some other items... now im at 1250. without keyboard, mouse and monitor... :)but i can use a crappy monitor for now; just to test out the computer... and when things are working 100%... i will invest in a good Hd monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

    If your wondering what is on my new list, here it is...


    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827135204
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $19.99


    COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KXN1-GP Black Steel, ABS Plastic, Mesh bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811119194
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$20.00 Instant
    $159.99
    $139.99


    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822152185
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $74.99


    EVGA 01G-P3-1377-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) FTW 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814130575
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $259.99


    Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC ...
    Item #: N82E16817371026
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$40.00 Instant
    $139.99
    $99.99


    G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI
    Item #: N82E16820231335
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $154.99


    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    Item #: N82E16832116754
    Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy
    $99.99


    G.SKILL FTB-3500C5-D Fans
    Item #: N82E16835236002
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $14.99


    CoolIT SYSTEMS ECO-R120 Advanced Liquid Cooling (ALC)
    Item #: N82E16835227006
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $71.99


    Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
    Item #: N82E16819115067
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    ASUS P7P55D-E LX LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813131634
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
  27. aww FUG, my graphic won't work... have to get a 1156 graphic card.... right?
  28. Quote:
    aww FUG, my graphic won't work... have to get a 1156 graphic card.... right?

    Waaahhh????

    The GTX460 will work with the ASUS P7P55D. HOWEVER, since you are on a LGA1156 platform, you need Dual Channel (2*2GB) NOT Triple Channel (3*2GB) RAM.

    PLEASE drop the ALC/H50,etc. It is cr@p and it is not real water cooling. A high end air cooler will beat the ALC in performance. If you want REAL WCing that will cost you ~$250-300 just for the CPU loop.

    Realize that LGA1156 is a dead end. Sandy Bridge will be out soon any you will not get any major updates on LGA1156. Same with LGA1366. Even AM3 is EOL.

    If you are going to drop this much money on a new system, wait until at least the ATI 6xxx cards are out.
  29. the graphics card is not related to the CPU socket(775-1156-1366.....) so you are safe to use that card on any mobo.

    also why are you building such an expensive build on a mid end card like that, use the GTX 470 man or even the 5850 both are much better than GTX 460, both are great at 1920x1200 resolution(the best resolution to play in my opinion) and will give you 60+ FPS in most games.

    note:didnt notice your post shadow :)
  30. hey guys, i can't pick with Graphic card..... some tips...

    EVGA 01G-P3-1377-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) FTW 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    or

    Galaxy 60XGH6HS3GMW GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Super OC 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  31. k, ill drop that WC, because so many don't like it..... and when does that


    any other problems with my build, im trying to build a GOOd, but not a BEST system... because there will never be a best system... new things comes out all the time.
  32. ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827135204
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $19.99


    COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KXN1-GP Black Steel, ABS Plastic, Mesh bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811119194
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$20.00 Instant
    $159.99
    $139.99


    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822152185
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $74.99


    Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC ...
    Item #: N82E16817371026
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$40.00 Instant
    $139.99
    $99.99


    G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI
    Item #: N82E16820231335
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $154.99


    Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
    Item #: N82E16819115067
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $208.99


    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    Item #: N82E16832116754
    Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy
    $99.99


    GIGABYTE Super Overclock Series GV-N470SO-13I GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready ...
    Item #: N82E16814125338
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
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    GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard w/ USB 3.0 & SATA 6 Gb/s
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  33. wonderful build man, just a small edit, the i5 uses a dual channel memory architecture so you should get 4 GB of ram not 6 GB, this are good ram
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277
  34. smile9999 said:
    wonderful build man, just a small edit, the i5 uses a dual channel memory architecture so you should get 4 GB of ram not 6 GB, this are good ram
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277



    okay,question here... even tho the mother board allows me to have 4 cards of memory installed.... the i5 cpu structure only allow 2 cards of memory?

    but anyways i changed to those cards instead of the 3 pk
  35. Yes, and I would like to address the PSU a bit more.

    Folks are recommending that PSU because it's an Antec, but it's the poorest quality Antec sells above 500W. Not all Antecs are created equally.

    Review:
    http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/article/2009/09/18/antec_earthwatts_750w_psu_review/

    Here are some options:
    TP-550 High quality Antec at the same price
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371021

    TP-750 Blue -Great deal on a quality PSU that is partly modular as well
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371022
    Use the promo code and it's almost the same price, $2 shipping also.
  36. Quote:
    okay,question here... even tho the mother board allows me to have 4 cards of memory installed.... the i5 cpu structure only allow 2 cards of memory?

    but anyways i changed to those cards instead of the 3 pk


    Not exactly. Dual channel memory works with sticks in groups of 2 (2, 4, etc). Triple channel works with groups of 3 (3, 6, etc). So you could install 4 sticks of memory if you wanted, but you shouldn't need more than 4 gigs for anything. Also, you can get a much better deal with combos. The builds posted by me, g-kay, and twoboxer near the beginning of the thread are about $300-$400 cheaper and just as good. You can easily swap in parts that you prefer (such as a different case and psu).

    As for which one you should pick, it depends on your budget and whether you want to spend all of your budget or as little of it as possible. Mine is aimed a little higher than twoboxer's (it ends up about $100 more), but still falls under $1000. It is also a bit higher performance. g-kay's is marginally better, but even more expensive. twoboxer's is a little less expensive and doesn't sacrifice all that much in performance.

    Thanks of the info Proximon. I was using that PSU mostly because it came with a good deal for the 300. I just figured that since it was an Antec, it should be fine. I guess not.
  37. Well, it's not really bad. If you had no better options it would be OK... it's probably a good PSU by 3 or 4 year old standards even.

    I'm not a big fan of transient load issues though, as I feel that system instabilities sometimes come from this.

    Anyway, it's rated a solid rank 3 in my database. So there's 14 PSUs that are clearly superior (and probably more).
  38. Best answer selected by mrtoesterman.
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