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December 20, 2010 3:20:38 AM

Hey all,

I'm trying to build a new system for my brother. I need to order parts by mid-week... short notice, I know. I've posted here before and am not new to building systems but I've been out of the loop for a bit.

It will mostly be used for surfing the web, word docs, some gaming (nothing graphics intense). I want this to last at least 4 years but on a budget, ~$500. I already have case, DVD, mouse, keyboard. This is what I'm thinking:

CPU: either i5-750 or i5-760 (not quite sure the difference) I think one has "integrated" graphics (760)
RAM: G.Skill 2x2GB DDR3 1600
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W

Now I'm not sure if I should just stick with internal graphics or get a GPU. If I were to set up for internal graphics that means I need a H55 mobo, correct? I'm considering just setting up internal graphics and some day upgrading it... would getting this mobo now mean I need to replace it later by adding a GPU?

If I go w/ a GPU, I'd get XFX HD-567X-ZNF3 Radeon HD 5670 1GB and then this for mobo GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55.

Any suggestions for either i5 750/760 and whether to do internal vs GPU graphics?

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December 20, 2010 8:22:56 AM

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It will mostly be used for surfing the web, word docs, some gaming (nothing graphics intense).


This is my sub $400 WOW/SC2/24-7 config

Items off Egg $300AR


X4 640 + MSI 785GM-P45 $96
http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundl...

$396AR in total, $306 w/o discrete GTS 450 (and u could hit a cheaper case/psu if going IGP all the way hehe)
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December 20, 2010 9:19:02 AM

Nope both Proximon and myself reco Rosewill Greens all the time and for good reason

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Rosewill-Green-S...
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Efficiency was very high (up to 85%) when we pulled up to 60% from its labeled capacity (i.e., 378 W). Above that efficiency dropped, but still above the 80% mark. Voltages were always inside the allowed range, the same thing happening with noise and ripple.

Due to its good cost/benefit ratio we are giving this power supply our “Golden Award”. Of course the price was the item that most helped with this decision.


This was when unit was selling at USD $70

The builder series of Corsair has upset lots of Corsair fans actually - the CX400 was 1st replaced by builder series 430 but the latter is not 80+ certified, less amps on the 12V and generally inferior build than the line it replaced

The PSU Ranked List and Guide
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/278567-28-ranked-list...
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43-54 amps - Often "650W" PSUs
This range is a good choice for the gamer with two moderate video cards or one very high power card.

http://rankedpsulist.dabbledb.com/publish/rankedpsulist...
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December 20, 2010 2:19:46 PM

Thanks for the replies guys. I'll look at the PSU's again. I already have a case so that's not something I need to buy.

My main concern is the CPU/mobo combo from the 2nd half of my original post.

I'm not as knowledgeable on the current processors. I know I want the i5 but I'm not sure which/if they have internal graphics... if i were to use that for now, would it be a problem to add a GPU later (without changing mobo's)?
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December 22, 2010 2:22:23 PM

Any help here guys... much appreciated.

I want to stick to Intel i5...
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