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Intel i5-760 build recomendations

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November 12, 2010 10:37:38 PM

Hello. I am planning on buying a new desktop soon and have been lurking in the forums for a couple of weeks to familiarize myself with current components & technology.

I was wondering if folks could take a look at this build and give their feeback.

Approximate Purchase Date: soon
Budget Range: $1000 - 1300
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, programming, working from home
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Monitor, Mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: no preference, but using newegg to see available options
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: none
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: Yes, eventually
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 may improve monitor later

CPU: Intel Core i5-760 - Would like to overclock

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - I'm slightly worried that the memory heatsink might interfere with the CPU cooler.

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14

Video: EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR GeForce GTX 460

PSU: SeaSonic X650

SSD: Crucial RealSSD C300

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932

Thanks in advance!
November 12, 2010 11:21:33 PM

Looks Good to me. Nice Build!!!
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November 13, 2010 1:40:16 AM



the 6870 scales better than the 460. and the Mobo supports Dual x16 GPU's so you'll be fine to throw in another 6870 when you need it.


EDIT: i also prefer Velociraptor' over SSD Drives For the Price/Performance Ratio.
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November 13, 2010 3:48:21 AM

A few things u should know about SATA/USB 3.0 tech and mobos as shown by our very own forums here
USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s, Motherboards, And Overcoming Bottlenecks
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/usb-3.0-sata-6gb,25...
Not All USB 3.0 Implementations Are Created Equal
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nec-controller-usb-...
Also note that LGA 1156 shall be usurped by LGA 1155 as soon as end of this year/possible Q1 next year if u intending to sink a wee bit on chip + board FYI.. with no backwards/forwards compatibility
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2010/04/21/intel-...

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November 13, 2010 4:09:55 AM

You're probably right about the cpu cooler interfering with the memory heatsinks. I've built 3 machines with i5-750 and ripjaws memory, but I used the Xigmatec Balder cooler which is smaller than your cpu cooler. The Xigmatek allows you to raise the fan a little bit to clear the memory and I did this for the first one that I built. For the second and third I mounted the fans on the back of the cooler so it pulls rather than pushes, and it worked better that way. All 3 machines overclocked very well to about 3.8 to 3.9GHz but I reduced them to 3.5GHz for 24/7 use in our office.
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November 13, 2010 5:45:04 AM

Thanks for the replies. I made a few changes based on some of your recommendations

The info on SATA/USB 3 and PCI Express was interesting reading and based on that I decided to change the motherboard to a MSI P55-GD85.

The combo for the 6870 and the i5-750 looks like a good deal.

I did a bit more research on the compatibility of the Noctua CPU Cooler and the memory, and found that they should work together. Noctua has a list of compatible memory at their web site
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November 13, 2010 5:52:35 AM

if you're paying that much for a mobo you should just go i7 950.
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November 13, 2010 6:04:28 AM

btpnlsl said:
Thanks for the replies. I made a few changes based on some of your recommendations

The info on SATA/USB 3 and PCI Express was interesting reading and based on that I decided to change the motherboard to a MSI P55-GD85.

The combo for the 6870 and the i5-750 looks like a good deal.

I did a bit more research on the compatibility of the Noctua CPU Cooler and the memory, and found that they should work together. Noctua has a list of compatible memory at their web site




so something like this?
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November 13, 2010 7:23:58 AM

^You got triple channel memory by accident (I think)



I chose a larger PSU because you plan to SLI in the future and OC.

Edit: Forgot the SSD and this is the promo code for the ram...
$10 off w/ promo code EMCZZYX22, ends 11/15
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November 13, 2010 8:05:45 AM

karma831 said:
^You got triple channel memory by accident (I think)



>.< You're right i was making an i7 build before i threw that one together didn't check the ram.
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November 13, 2010 8:30:06 PM

I'd suggest an asus p755d-e pro mobo. It uses sata 3 and usb3.0 while still running dual gpu's at 8x8x. It's only $180 and got a 9.5 on bjorn3d.com.
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November 14, 2010 10:02:40 AM

GOOD BUILD
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