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November 27, 2010 5:45:13 AM

I am looking for people's advice on the following build / plan:

1. My planned spec will be:

Antec 300
Intel Core i5 760 2.80GHz
Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 Intel P55
Corsair XMS3 4GB (1x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C7 1600MHz Single Channel Module

Freezer Xtreme Rev.2 High Performance Quiet CPU Cooler
Corsair TX 850W ATX SLI Compliant Power Supply
Two ATI HD 5850 1GB PCI Express Graphics Cards

60GB Solid State SATA II Drive as Primary
Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB - Shrunk

Suitable Blue-ray optical Drive

This seems a good fit for my requirements, but I wouldn't mind others' views.

The main issue I have though!! I can't afford it all at the same time and I need a plan to build it and use it asap.

2. My plan:

Firstly buy

Antec 300
Intel Core i5 760 2.80GHz
Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 Intel P55
Corsair XMS3 4GB (1x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C7 1600MHz Single Channel Module

- Initially use stock CPU Fan
- Purchase a cheaper PSU temporarily (OcUK Swift 650W Silent Power Supply) which is £100 cheaper than the planned PSU
- Use Motherboard Graphics
- Use already owned Hard Disk / Optical Drive

Over the next few months, I'll then be able to buy the remainder of the 'wanted' components in the following order:

Month 1 - Corsair TX 850W ATX SLI Compliant Power Supply
Month 2 - Freezer Xtreme Rev.2 High Performance Quiet CPU Cooler
- Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB - Shrunk
Month 3 - ATI HD 5850 1GB PCI Express Graphics Cards x 1
Month 4 - 60GB Solid State SATA II Drive as Primary

Future months will get extra Graphic Card / Optical Drives and extra 4gb memory modules

It seems a good plan to me, but I am completely willing to hear other peoples opinions before I kick this off (cheaper / better value options). I am based in the UK.

Thanks Kindly

Jake
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November 27, 2010 10:54:40 AM

The I5 760 doesn't have integrated graphics. Get a Phenom II X4, it's just as good in gaming:

Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H (crossfire)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB...
Phenom II X4 Quad Core 965
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP...
G.Skill Ripjaw 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY...

£258.90

The HD 6850 scales better in CF than the 5850 but by the time you'll get the first one, AMD will come up with the new HD 6950 and 6970 so you'll be able to get one of those.
November 28, 2010 10:39:09 PM

Thanks Mosox, trying to decide whether to have the AMD setup or Intel.

Cheers for this food for my thoughts

J
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