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November 25, 2010 2:32:25 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week or the next (11/24 - 12/3ish)
Budget Range: $1200
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Graphics (adobe, 3d modeling apps), Audio (Production)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com
Country of Origin: United States
Parts Preferences: Intel, Asus, Antec (In general, looking for brands that are popular and well-reviewed)
Overclocking: maybe
SLI or Crossfire: maybe in several years
Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

CPU: Intel i5 760
MOBO: Asus P7P55D LGA 1156
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
GFX: GTX460 768mb
Sound: Mobo audio with Firewire audio interface; not interested in 5.1
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200rpm
Dvd: asus 24x DVD+R
Case:Antec 1200 black steel ATX full tower
PSU: Corsair CMPSU-650TX
Monitor: ASUS VW246H 24"
CPU fan: Cooler Master Hyper 212
Wifi: ASUS PCE-N13


Hi everyone, first post :) 
I'm looking to build a medium-range PC for gaming, graphics and music production. I want to build a stable system that is easy to set up; it's important for me to get parts that are compatible and reliable. I might overclock later once I spend more time reading about it but for now I just want to get something that works and lets me play Starcraft 2. I'm going to Microcenter on black friday to try to get some deals and whatever I don't find there I'll order on Newegg the day after. I want the i5 760 because the i7 is out of my price range; I prefer Intel to AMD because I want more popular brands in general (more resources to troubleshoot, more confidence when I buy). Things I am unsure about:

Mobo: P7P55D or P7P55D-E? Is the USB3.0 in the "E" version worth the extra $40?
Ram: Should I get 2x2gb DDR2, or 3x2gb? I'd prefer not to spend too much now, and double my ram in a few months. What is the advantage of 3x2gb? I haven't built a pc in several years and it's strange to see that 6gb configurations are so popular now (i was always used to multiples of 2) Looking for a good recommendation in general.
GFX: Really haven't done much research and am buying mainly based on popularity and a friend's recommendation.
Case: I absolutely dont want any problems fitting a giant graphics card and cpu fan, but do I really need a full tower?
Wifi: just want something that works. have an Airport Express router.

Any advice is appreciated and thanks in advance!
November 25, 2010 3:32:43 AM

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HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200rpm
Get Spinpoit F3..... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ~ 69.99

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Should I get 2x2gb DDR2, or 3x2gb
DDR3, first of all... not sure if it is a typo, you think you should buy DDR3, or what... DDR3 is what works with the build....( My bad if this is out of line). 3, 6, 12, 24, are all "triple channel" your build is "dual channel" soo 2, 4, 8, 16.

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double my ram in a few months.
... Check this out =D. see if it applies to you. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ram-memory-upgrade,...

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Wifi: just want something that works. have an Airport Express router.
does this mean you want wireless?

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Mobo: P7P55D or P7P55D-E? Is the USB3.0 in the "E" version worth the extra $40?
really your choice, but remember, futureproofing and upgradability.

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CPU: Intel i5 760
try the 750, you can get to the 760's speed on stock cooling. Plus the 750 is cheaper =D.


Edit: bring something to defend yourself at Microcenter... =p
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November 25, 2010 3:39:45 AM

^ Some suggestions -
Here is a complete rebuild, that you might be interested in...

i7 870 + Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

8GB DDR3 + OS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ASUS P7P55D-E LX LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 + ASUS GTX 470
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HAF 912 + Samsung F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

PSU, DVD, monitor, Wifi Same...

Total - ~$1223 | ~$1153 After rebates...

For your questions -
Mobo - If you wont be overclocking very high, then the LX that I have linked is a good option...
RAM - Go with sets in multiples of 2 if going with Dual-Channel board, and for 3D work, more the RAM the better...
GFX - If going with a single graphic card, then go with a powerful one for that resolution..The GTX 470 for that price is a solid buy...
CASE - Not necessary to go with a full tower...the HAF 912 is a very good case that can fit long cards and tall CPU coolers...So spend the money saved on the performance parts...
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1406/1/
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Cooler-Master-HA...
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November 25, 2010 3:41:03 AM

will this ram work with the P7P55D? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $100 for 3x2gb DDR3 1600. yay or nay?

Just want to be sure that the $20 wireless adapter "works" with my existing airport network... lol. of course it does, but I havent done this in a while and am nervous about these small things. :p 

thanks for the response!
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November 25, 2010 4:47:00 AM

just a heads up... you can get the i5 760 cheaper at newegg than microcenter until friday. Newegg has a i5 760 for $175. With microcenter, you get tax, which comes out to a total of about 180 - 185 depending on where you live.
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November 25, 2010 5:48:53 AM

Nay on the ram, 6 isnt dual channel.
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November 25, 2010 2:11:51 PM

^when he says that he means sticks.
you want, 2 sticks, or 4 sticks (not GIGS!!!)
2x2GB= 4GB
2x4GB= 8GB

4x2GB= 8GB
4x4GB= 16GB
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November 25, 2010 3:18:41 PM

Hi everyone, thanks again for the info... Changed my build to 8gb (4x2gb) dual channel sticks. Here it is:



Quieter GFX, less expensive case. What do you think of this build?
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November 25, 2010 3:35:06 PM

change the HD to the samsung spinpoint f3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

with the $20 savings use 10 of it to get this modular PSU. 9.5 on performance on jonnyguru.com
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 750W this deal is amazing, I just bought this 5 mins ago.
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November 25, 2010 3:44:24 PM

excellent... 750W for the same price? thanks for letting me know. Switched the HDD as well.
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November 25, 2010 3:46:34 PM

no problem happy building.
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November 25, 2010 6:01:13 PM

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^when he says that he means sticks.
you want, 2 sticks, or 4 sticks (not GIGS!!!)
2x2GB= 4GB
2x4GB= 8GB

4x2GB= 8GB
4x4GB= 16GB
I explained it above, saying triple channel is THREES, that double, 3, 6, 12, 24....


Happy buildin'!
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November 25, 2010 6:02:04 PM

also the case might be better being a HAF-x or HAF 932.... or Antec 300...
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November 25, 2010 6:05:08 PM

^some big price differences you have there :p 
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November 25, 2010 6:15:00 PM

He is paying 100$ anyway? Antec 300 is like 69.99? that is 40$ SAVINGs. =p
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November 25, 2010 6:18:31 PM

I'd get the CM 690 II Advanced.. but thats just me :) 
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November 25, 2010 6:26:32 PM

yeah....
I'd get the antec 300.... 40$ =p. puts him under his budget! he is a huge 4$ over!!!!!! and 87 cents.
Get the 750 instead of the 760, 750 is the same thing, except cheaper
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November 25, 2010 11:51:52 PM

I'd get the 760.. 1 higher multi since its not unlocked will be beneficial in the future. the i5 760 is like $180 on the egg today.
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November 25, 2010 11:59:25 PM

ordered the last build I posted so thanks to everyone for your help and advice. thread can be closed.
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November 26, 2010 12:07:11 AM

you gosta select a Best Answer then they usually lock it.
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November 26, 2010 12:12:53 AM

Best answer selected by iamabe.
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November 26, 2010 12:36:54 AM

Happy building =D
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November 26, 2010 6:21:38 AM

This topic has been closed by Maziar
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