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First Build, Advice and Comments, i5-760

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November 5, 2010 7:26:18 PM

After weeks of trolling around on TH and a few other sites I think I have come up with a good setup for my first build. What are your thoughts?

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-4 weeks


Budget Range: $900-1100 w/monitor


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Multitasking school related work (MS Office, web browsing, general program multitasking), media, minor gaming w/the potential for Crysis in the near future


Parts Not Required: Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM 400 GB HDD


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or Microcenter


Country of Origin: Lexington, KY, USA


Parts Preferences: none


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future, but doubtful at this time.


Monitor Resolution: Need to purchase, but thinking 1920 x 1080


Additional Comments:
1. I am thinking of running my OS and major programs on a SSD, with two other HDD in a RAID 0 format, with an additional drive for backup.
2. Ideally the case would be smaller than the one I have selected, but I would the setup to be as quiet and cool.
3. As a non-serious gamer am I safe going with the 1156 MOBO even though it is being replaced?


Parts list:

Core i5 760 Processor Boxed $170

ASUS P7P55D-E LX LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $120 (after rebate)

XFX HD-567X-ZNF3 Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $80 (after rebate)

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996782 $80

Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7,200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM $52

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $70

OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $115 (after rebate)

XFX P1-650X-CAH9 650W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $60 (after rebate)

LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner - Bulk LightScribe Support - OEM $18

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $100

ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers $180 (after rebate)


Total w/ monitor: $1045

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November 5, 2010 8:09:53 PM

Honestly, the CPU may be a bit overkill if you're just a light gamer. You can probably do fine with a Phenom II x3 740 and a better GPU, like an HD 6870, for the "potential for Crysis in the near future". Crysis is a GPU intensive game and the HD 5670 will do you no good.

The 60GB SSD will soon run out of space with current games between 5-10GB and windodws already taking up 10GB. I recommend at least 100 GB or more but its really up to you.

For only $20 more I would recommend going with two Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB drives in place of the two you listed and RAID0 these instead while keeping your existing drive as backup. These drives are much newer than the Barracuda 7200.12 and thus faster.

Stick with a Corsair/Seasonic/Antec PSU. OCZ, XFX, CoolerMax, Sparkle etc. are hit or miss. You want a quality PSU for reliability and safety features. A bad/cheap PSU can destroy your system if it fails.
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November 5, 2010 9:04:22 PM

kureme said:
For only $20 more I would recommend going with two Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB drives in place of the two you listed and RAID0 these instead while keeping your existing drive as backup. These drives are much newer than the Barracuda 7200.12 and thus faster.

Stick with a Corsair/Seasonic/Antec PSU. OCZ, XFX, CoolerMax, Sparkle etc. are hit or miss. You want a quality PSU for reliability and safety features. A bad/cheap PSU can destroy your system if it fails.


Actually, no.

Both the Spinpoint F3 and Seagate 7200.12 use 500 GB platters. They're pretty much equivalent, and are same-generation tech.

XFX PSUs are all rated well by jonnyguru.com, though I agree with your assessment on the rest. The 650W is the only one that isn't near perfect, and the cautions on performance are more theoretical than real-world.
XFX 850W
XFX 750W
XFX 650W

(Agree on CPU & SSD, though if you're meticulous and only keep 1 or 2 games on it, you could get away with 60 GB.)
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