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November 16, 2010 8:33:54 AM

Hi all! Can someone please check my build? This is my first time building, and I've been going through all the forums looking for advice. I have no real-world-experience, but have read up on a lot of discussions online, and have gone with a lot of the forum's recommendations. I have also listed where I intend to buy each part.


Processor: Intel core i7-870 - ($229.99)
Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E LX LGA 1156 - ($119.99)
Memory: CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - ($69.99)
Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB - ($59.99)
Video Card: XFX HD-577X-ZMF3 Radeon HD 5770 1GB - ($114.99)
Power supply: XFX P1-650X-CAH9 650W (link found with the video card link, bundled. Normally $89.99, but with bundle, ends up $24.99 extra, on top of the $114.99!)
Case: Antec Sonata Proto Black - ($59.99)
CD/DVD burner: Samsung SH-S223L DVD burner with LiteScribe - ($19.99)

Total = $699.92


Things I would want to keep the same: Core i7-870, Radeon 5770 (but open to changing to the brand Sapphire or overclocked Gigabyte($129.99). However, the XFX I chose has lifetime warranty, which I might value more)

Concerns:
1) Is everything compatible? Does it all fit?
2) I want a quiet computer, but will this computer overheat with the Sonata case?
3) Is the 650W power supply too strong? I understand that the 5770 only needs 450W, but the XFX Radeon 5770 bundle seems to be a great value. By "too strong", I mean will the 650W add to the internal temperature and also cost more in the electric bill? I could always pay more to get a 500W , $34.99 vs $24.99 with XFX 650W after bundle. Another case I considered was the Sonata III, which comes with a 500W PSU for $119.99
4) Currently, I don't see the need for a mobo with 2 pci slots, since I don't think I will crossfire/SLI. Just in case I do in the future, should I upgrade to: ASUS P7P55D-E LGA 1156, $139.99 . I believe this 2nd mobo can crossfire, but cannot SLI (have no idea what that means).


Any thoughts, concerns, recommendations? Open to spending ~$60 more, but only if it's worth it or if I need to address some concerns. Only games I'd play would be Starcraft2, the rest will just be regular surfing, and huge amounts of multitasking with word, excel with large data, powerpoint. Greatest concern now is overheating, but still want to maintain a quiet computer. Thank you for your help!
November 16, 2010 9:33:50 AM

1) Everything is compatible

2) If you will be sticking with a single card, then the Sonata would be fine, but not for multiple cards.

3) Like you said, its a very good deal, stick with it, 650W though is not required, but is fine.

4) Both the above are not good for Crossfire too - The 2nd slot runs crippled at x4, so not a good idea going Crossfire with that board.

As for the config - Why do you need an i7 ? IMO the i5 750 would be very good...
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
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November 16, 2010 11:21:52 AM

calbear4 said:
Hi all! Can someone please check my build? This is my first time building, and I've been going through all the forums looking for advice. I have no real-world-experience, but have read up on a lot of discussions online, and have gone with a lot of the forum's recommendations. I have also listed where I intend to buy each part.


Processor: Intel core i7-870 - ($229.99)
Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E LX LGA 1156 - ($119.99)
Memory: CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - ($69.99)
Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB - ($59.99)
Video Card: XFX HD-577X-ZMF3 Radeon HD 5770 1GB - ($114.99)
Power supply: XFX P1-650X-CAH9 650W (link found with the video card link, bundled. Normally $89.99, but with bundle, ends up $24.99 extra, on top of the $114.99!)
Case: Antec Sonata Proto Black - ($59.99)
CD/DVD burner: Samsung SH-S223L DVD burner with LiteScribe - ($19.99)

Total = $699.92


Things I would want to keep the same: Core i7-870, Radeon 5770 (but open to changing to the brand Sapphire or overclocked Gigabyte($129.99). However, the XFX I chose has lifetime warranty, which I might value more)

Concerns:
1) Is everything compatible? Does it all fit?
2) I want a quiet computer, but will this computer overheat with the Sonata case?
3) Is the 650W power supply too strong? I understand that the 5770 only needs 450W, but the XFX Radeon 5770 bundle seems to be a great value. By "too strong", I mean will the 650W add to the internal temperature and also cost more in the electric bill? I could always pay more to get a 500W , $34.99 vs $24.99 with XFX 650W after bundle. Another case I considered was the Sonata III, which comes with a 500W PSU for $119.99
4) Currently, I don't see the need for a mobo with 2 pci slots, since I don't think I will crossfire/SLI. Just in case I do in the future, should I upgrade to: ASUS P7P55D-E LGA 1156, $139.99 . I believe this 2nd mobo can crossfire, but cannot SLI (have no idea what that means).


Any thoughts, concerns, recommendations? Open to spending ~$60 more, but only if it's worth it or if I need to address some concerns. Only games I'd play would be Starcraft2, the rest will just be regular surfing, and huge amounts of multitasking with word, excel with large data, powerpoint. Greatest concern now is overheating, but still want to maintain a quiet computer. Thank you for your help!


So u dont know whats CF and SLI
crossfire means you can put 2 same ati cards together were SLI means you can put 2 same Nvida cards together to give you better graphics.
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You dont get that the other MOBO only supports Crossfire and not SLI? It dosn't mean you can't put Nvidia card in there it just means it can take only one Nvidia or ATI card or two ATI cards only.
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November 16, 2010 11:42:03 AM

Multi tasking + Gaming : if open to AMD-Nvidia

$670AR Egg USA
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