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Hi, I am new to building computers and i want to build a desktop int he range of 1000-1500 bucks. I already have a monitor (1900-1200), mouse, keyboard, and speakers so i just need a good comp to hook them into. Heres what i think i want..

-Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield

-EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi)

-ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

-COOLER MASTER HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

-Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

-CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready

-CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

Does all of this stuff work together properly or will i have trouble? would anyone switch a part out for a different one? Also as you can tell i am thinking of SLI in the future, do i have the proper parts to do it or do i need to change something / add something?

THANKS A LOT! any advice will help
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  1. That looks like it should work fine.

    Although personally I would go with AMD CPU since it is better value. For me that CPU+MB costs around £325.

    For that I could get a £200 Phenom II X6 1090T (hex core 3.2GHz, with unlocked multiplier for easy overclocking. At stock is near a i7940, better than your 760 by a large margin

    That leaves £125 for a motherboard. If you only plan to use a single GPU (ie not SLI in the future) you could get a 870 series for around say £80 (I have a GA870A-UD3 for my 1055T) which gives you SATA6Gbs and USB 3.0 for most boards, of which your motherboard has neither. If you want to spend nearer the full amount you could get say an ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 890GX (£110) giving you SATA 6Gbs, USB 3, 2x16 PCIe (x8 for dual with Crossfire/SLI, same as the board you picked).

    All in all I think that is far better value for money. For normal usage even a 1055T (£150) is more pwoer than you need, I have never maxed it in a game (I got a £150 CPU for non gaming reasons).

    Perosnally I would consider the cheaper motherboard and CPU and use the spare money to get an SSD for the OS and important software, which will give you significant gains over a conventional HDD (although do research your SSD, there seems to be some not so great ones around).
  2. Are you interested in overclocking aswell? The i5 750 can easily reach the 4+ GHz areas. If so youll need a nicer air cooler than the stock. And yeah everything seems to be compatible. You might want to throw in a SSD for your OS and apps. Also if you want a little more bang for your buck you can always go for the 6870 which crossfires very very very well!

  3. Hi Fire Lancer,

    thanks for responding. I looked at the Phenom II x6 like you suggested on and i found it to be about 300 dollars were as the i5 is only 200. I do like the look of the phenom but i dont think i'm looking to spend 300 right now. Thanks for the suggestion though!

    Hi USAirways8

    thanks for responding. I am going to be looking at over-clocking, but down the road. I will add fans and heatsinks when i decided to try it out but for right now i dont need the extras on my credit card bill. I also looked at the 6870 in the cpu bench mark that Fire Lancer provided and found that the gtx470 scored higher (though not by much). I think i am going to stick with the gtx 470 although i do appreciate your suggestion.

    I am looking at a SSD for my OS and games. But currently to keep my cost down i might stick with a western black edition and add the SSD later when i can.

    Thanks for looking at my build!
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