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Quick Build Q. re: MoBo / heat sinks

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November 21, 2010 9:32:31 PM

Gaming computer primarily, nothing else beyond word processing and internet.
Below is the meat, not sure which way to go with Motherboard selection or a Heat Sink for the CPU (not doing liquid cooling route). Any advice appreciated.

CPU: i5 760
Ram: 4gb DDR3 1600
HD: SSD load, plus HDD 1 TB
GPU: 5850 1 GB (single)

Questions:
1) recommended heat sinks? Is thermaltake FRIO decent? what about the SpinQ? I've read reviews, but they always seen outdated or biased.

2) recommended MoBo. Base is a MSI H55M-E23 or whatever.

3) Power supply? 700 - 800 W ok or complete overkill?

- you guys are awesome, i love reading the community reviews.
November 21, 2010 11:06:11 PM

The very best air cooler . . .

http://www.rwlabs.com/article.php?cat=&id=300&pagenumbe...

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=thermalright+s...

Very Good performance, outstanding value:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

We usually recommend using the P55 chipset with icpus that don't have integrated graphics, and normally recommend Asus or Gigabyte for consistent performance. Since you selected a microATX board, here's the equivalent:

http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GA-P55M-Ultra-Durable-Mo...

PSU: Use a Corsair or Seasonic psu unless you find a favorable review from a qualified reviewer for the specific psu you are thinking of. For a single vid card:

Seasonic 520W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For 2x vid cards, 750W/850W depending on price difference:

$100 after MIR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$120 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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