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January 17, 2011 7:35:46 AM

Hey guys, recently decided to endeavor building a computer for myself, and seeing as how the replies on this forum seem so timely and helpful, I was wondering if I could ask for a bit of assistance.

First and foremost, though I tried to make sure of it myself, I was wondering if all of these components I've chosen are indeed compatible with each other. If so, am I missing anything (besides parts listed under parts not required)? And lastly, I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on viable candidates for replacements that could bring my build down to around $800, give or take $50ish?

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Approximate Purchase Date: as soon as possible, hoping to order everything by the end of this week

Budget Range: $800, give or take $50ish

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and Multipurpose roughly equivalent in value

Parts Not Required: monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: not adamant about any particular brands, but slight preference to the brands I’ve already chosen

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Additional Comments: The biggest problem I have with my current components is not knowing if I have indeed selected everything and they are compatible. The next would be shaving down the price, as the current list I have is slightly over budget, but I’m very reluctant to abandon any of these parts, which is why I’ve come here for assistance. So one of my biggest questions/concerns is if anything I have chosen is unnecessarily high in quality relative to the rest of my build. Also, if possible, the ability to slightly show off my build with the blue motif would be nice.
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Motherboard:
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131621
180

Processor:
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=19-115-215&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=2#scrollFullInfo
200

Video Card:
MSI N460GTX Cyclone 768D5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...[/url]
160

RAM:
Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory w/ Blue LEDs Model BL2KIT25664TB1608
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148333
78

Hard Drive:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319
65

CD/DVD Drive:
ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
17

Power Supply:
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-139-005&SortField=1&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Keywords=(keywords)&Page=1#scrollFullInfo
90

Computer Case:
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021
100

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Any and all help appreciated,
Lawrence

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January 17, 2011 8:11:36 AM

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sandy-bridge-core-i... <---- Intel Sandy Bridge review/benchmarks

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-rev... <--- Another great review on this cpu

See about making these changes to your build...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $299.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $279.98
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $299.98 $10.00 Mail-In Rebate Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $289.98
MSI N460GTX Cyclone 768D5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video
MSI P67A-GD53 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99 FREE SHIPPING $15 off with promo code HARDOCP112C, ends 1/19
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBXM
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January 17, 2011 9:19:26 AM

Those look like pretty solid recommendations, appreciate the input! Definitely still open-minded to any suggestions though.

Also, I have a question. If I were to purchase all of the above components, would I need to buy anything else for a)wireless internet configuration and b)setup (like kits with cables and nails)?

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January 17, 2011 9:45:00 AM

toxicity said:
Those look like pretty solid recommendations, appreciate the input! Definitely still open-minded to any suggestions though.

Also, I have a question. If I were to purchase all of the above components, would I need to buy anything else for a)wireless internet configuration and b)setup (like kits with cables and nails)?

thanks so much


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $27.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS PCE-N13 IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCI Express Wireless Adapter Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates 64-bit/128-bit WEP, TKIP, and AES WI-Fi alliance WPA, WPA2

If you don't already have a wireless router, this one down below compliments that adapter up above seeing how they both have rated speeds of 300Mps.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $70.54 FREE SHIPPING
D-Link DIR-655 802.11b/g/n Xtreme N Gigabit Wireless Broadband Router up to 300Mbps/ USB port x1/ Intelligent QoS Technology for Gaming
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January 27, 2011 4:00:01 AM

Best answer selected by toxicity.
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