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January 2, 2011 9:20:26 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Ongoing over next few months

Budget Range: Approximately $1,000 with some leeway (this includes processor/case already purchased)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel, everything else is fair game to swap out

Overclocking: Possible

SLI or Crossfire: Possible in the future but not right now

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 for now

Additional Comments: I'm looking for recommendations regarding the i5-750 that I purchased in July when this build was originally planned. I picked up the i5-750 for $170 and an Antec 900 for cheap, then life happened and I'm just now getting back to finishing up the purchases. Since then the i5-760 was released and with the Intel releases in a few days I'm looking for opinions as to whether I should stick with the 750 since I got it at a decent price or try to sell it and go for something different. My original build was ~$1,000 at the time. TIA.

DVD - Nothing special
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD - Samsung Spinpoint 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaw 2x2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU - XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 - My heart was never set on this so subject to change
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 - This sure hasn't gone down in price since July
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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January 2, 2011 9:31:29 PM
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I say stick to the i5-750, its a great chip and over-clocks very well. You can get cheaper on the motherboard, take a look at Gigabyte's P55 offerings, I've had great luck with a Biostar T5 XE CFX-SLI. I would say try to go with a better GPU if you can. the 5770 is pretty dated, and at that price point, the GTX 460 is a much better card.

Good Luck!
January 2, 2011 9:56:05 PM

If moving to 1920 x 1080, the 5770 is a bit light.

For $10 more you could get an XFX Black Edition 950 which would support two video cards such as 6870's or 470's.
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January 2, 2011 11:38:43 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
If moving to 1920 x 1080, the 5770 is a bit light.


Keep the 750, it's still a strong chip. For a $1000 build, I agree on the graphics card. You can afford to move up the ladder. A 460 or 6850 (or two, if you can) is always a strong choice.

JackNaylorPE said:
For $10 more you could get an XFX Black Edition 950 which would support two video cards such as 6870's or 470's.


950W is overkill to be bluntly honest, and that Corsair will probably provide cleaner power. You could get 2 6870s running with a stock clocked i5 CPU on a good 550W unit (though I wouldn't recommend that). The PSU he's picked has 4 6+2 pin connectors, which is enough connectors for any 2 GPUs and enough power to run anything short of SLI 580s with a heavily OC'd CPU. So long as we aren't talking cards that need 200w+ a piece (cough GF1x0 cough), 750W is plenty, with headroom to upgrade in the future.
January 2, 2011 11:38:44 PM

For a grand, you could get this whole set up (most of which you picked). It includes a SSD and is based on essentially the same CPU:

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811129066
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
$69.99


SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152185
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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$69.99


EVGA 01G-P3-1366-TR GeForce GTX 460 SE (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814130591
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
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-$40.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$199.99
$159.99


ASUS Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A7T/BLK/B/GEN - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135224
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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$53.97
($17.99 each)


Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified ...
Item #: N82E16817371015
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$30.00 Instant
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate
$99.99
$69.99


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBRL
Item #: N82E16820231274
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$44.99


ASUS P7P55D-E LX LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131634
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$20.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$149.99
$129.99


Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
Item #: N82E16819115067
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
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$208.99


COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
Item #: N82E16835103065
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$29.99


A-DATA S596 Turbo AS596TB-64GM-C 2.5" 64GB USB 2.0 & SATAII Internal / External Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820211479
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
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$104.99
Subtotal: $942.88
January 2, 2011 11:44:50 PM

He meant 850w, XFX doesn't have a 950w PSU. And it's made by SeaSonic so it's actually better than the TX corsair line, as good as the HX.
Keep the CPU if you already have it for sure.
January 3, 2011 2:36:13 AM

Excellent, you've all been very helpful. I like that the Biostar board also has the 8x8, and since I'll eventually have to add a card I like the psu suggestion as well. 5 months ago I figured I'd add the SSD eventually but I must just be able to squeeze it in now. Now to zero in on the GPU - thanks for the quick responses.
January 3, 2011 2:36:46 AM

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January 3, 2011 11:15:28 PM

Yeah and for reference I have an Antec EA 750W and 2 x 5870's in crossfire. 750W is plenty, that corsair you linked is a great buy. Have fun!
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