Would appreciate your 2 cents on this i5 build

Will end up being around $1000-$1300.
My main concern is whether I need a better motherboard.

Thanks for the help!!!

Intel Core i5-760 2.8GHz Quad Core

Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline DDR3 1333 (2 sets for a total of 8GB)

XFX HD-5830 1GB 256-bit DDR5

Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB SATA 3.0Gb/s
-Will add a 1TB Caviar Blue for storing files

Corsair 750W

Antec 300 Illusion
-would prefer a case that will allow routing cables behind motherboard, but I don’t want to sacrifice the quality of the case


Saitek Eclipse Keyboard
-This is just a place holder. I would like a quality keyboard.

-No mouse needed

Samsung B2430H 24” 1080P
-I really don’t want the widescreen, but I want an excellent monitor that can also be used to hook up video game consoles (HDMI and component if possible?)
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  1. Okay just want to ask if you know about SB if you have and have already considered it's impact on your build and still want to go ahead with it then listen to my suggestions below if you have not considered it read the article on the home page of Tom's Hardware about Sandy Bridge Preview okay that being said let's start:

    CPU- Good Choice
    Mobo- the Asus board is a better choice but the Gigabyte is also nice http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131634&Tpk=asus%20p7p55d-e%20lx
    RAM- Nice cheap model might want to check if this is on the QVL (Qualified Vendor's List) of whatever mobo you decide to go with
    Vid Card- the 5830 is a good deal for that price but if you can invest more in this it will help frame rates I'm thinking probably a 6950 it is substantially more but with that mobo you can only run one card and the 6950 will have you set at 1920x1080 for at least two years depending on what games you play http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102914&cm_re=6950_ati-_-14-102-914-_-Product
    HDD- Just get this 1tb drive and later add a SSD as an upgrade http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&Tpk=1tb%20samsung%20f3 best 1 tb
    PSU- 750w is definitely overkill this antec is only 50 dollars and still is overkill but you can have the ability of crossfire open if you upgrade CPU+mobo sometime http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015&cm_re=650w_antec-_-17-371-015-_-Product If you get it today you can get the 5 dollars off with MIR that makes it only 50 dollars pretty sweet deal
    Case- Good Choice
    ODD: Good Choice
    Keyboard: well here is the best logitech keyboard when you can afford http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126053&Tpk=logitech%20g19
    Monitor: This great Asus has HDMI not component still using the gamecube? and is a great deal at 160 after MIR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236059&cm_re=asus_monitor_2ms-_-24-236-059-_-Product

    EDIT: Just want to give you the link to the Tom's SB article here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sandy-bridge-core-i7-2600k-core-i5-2500k,2833.html
  2. Thanks Joel, a lot of great stuff here. I am curious as to why the Asus is a better board.
    Also, how do I find the QVL for a motherboard?
    I really appreciate all the great tips. You just saved me a nice amount of money.

    EDIT: Chose this keyboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823109149
    Also changed ram to one on the QVL: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231189
    Thanks Joel!
  3. Sorry about the slow reply just was a little busy okay first the Asus is about the same quality as the Gibabyte its just it has a different sent of marketing gimmicks and I like the set Asus has over Gigabytes it really doesn't matter though so you can just stick with what you got both should be good boards

    See you found the QVL also that seems like a good budget keyboard
  4. Go with sandy bridge. No questions asked.
  5. Neither of these boards SLI at 8x 8x. I'd get the Biostar T5 XE CFX-SLI. Its cheaper and overclocks like crazy.
  6. I would concider a Sandy Bridge with HD3000 graphics but I can't find them. I think I'll stick with the true and tested processors for now.
    Also, not much of an overclocker, and have never been a fan of Biostar.

    I also decided to get 8GB (4X2GB) of the G.Skill RAM
  7. Just a question how long have you had that build? I don't mean to be rude but Biostar is lower quality then Asus and Gigabyte they have a higher failure rate and aren't built as well plus I'm not sure he really needs SLI/CFX

    I don't know what games he plays but a 6950 will handle pretty much everything at max at 1080 heck a 6870 would do that but it won't be able to for as long as the 6950
  8. I know RAM is cheap but you really don't need the extra 4gb for gaming it is a better idea to keep the money for an SSD later or invest more in Graphics get the 6950

    Also if you fill all 4 channels you begin to have some stability issues your RAM can only run as fast as the slowest stick.
    If you must must get 8gb then get something on the QVL that is 8gb 2x4
  9. I'm about to order this build in an hour or so. Thanks for saving me from myself again Joel. I'll look for the 2X4GB, and if I can't find it.
    Also this isn't a gaming build. I just threw in the 5830 for a little bit of future-proofing.
    I think the most intense video on this build will be watching HD movies.
  10. Yes it will probably be fine if you have any doubts go onto g skills website and contact a tech to ask if it will work
  11. Thanks, I'm ordering it.
  12. Good Luck Remember if you have any problems you have Google and the tom's hardware community don't be disparaged if all is not perfect at first and use all your resources
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