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April 23, 2011 1:23:28 AM

It's been about 11~12 years since I built my last PC (it was a Pentium II) and man has a lot changed.
I'm a .Net developer and I do a lot of web development with a sql server back end. I looking to build something that's not too over the top and has good performance while staying under budget. I don't play games on my PC yet (have an xbox 360 for that) but the kids are getting older and may want to start using the PC for games so I want to somewhat accommodate that.

I've got a pretty good idea on what I want. Everything is listed below. Please give me your feedback on what you think of the build and that everything is compatible. I'll be running Win7 64 bit.

The total after promo codes is: $769 and that includes all rebates.

Mobo and CPU: I'm pretty firm on these as I think they'll give me the most flexibility I want; especially the multiple cores with parallel processing and overclocking if I want to get into that.
Intel Core-i5 2500k
ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA - what's your opinion on the board. Reviews looked good. Found a combo price for: $394
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Case and PSU - I struggled with this one. I wanted something with good airflow but no neon colors and not too crazy of a design. I found a combo for the CoolerMaster HAF 912 and a CoolerMaster 650W PSU for $109 with $30 in main-in rebates. Not a bad deal for 79 bucks...but I'm definitely open to suggestions here. I like the configuration and cabling options the HAF 912 gives me - it's not as subtle as I would have liked but I can live with it.
Are CoolerMaster PSU's reliable?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM - Went with G.Skill 8GB DDR3 1600. A lot has changed since I last got involved with RAM so this is what I settled on. Promo price came to: $75 Seems like a bargain...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU - Settling on the Sapphire 5830. Again a lot has changed for me when it comes to video cards and this one seemed to getting decent ratings and the price seemed right. $129 Please let me know if there's something better for the money.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - Was going to SSD but just didn't have the budget for it yet. I know I'm saying sub-1000 in my subject line but I'd like to stay kinda below that. So I picked a WesternDigital SATA 6.0GB 1TB black drive. It's only $89. I can always upgrade later.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive - Need suggestions on a SATA DL DVD burner.


Sorry for such a long post but I wanted to be as descriptive as possible in hopes of getting some sound advice. Thanks in advance for any help you can give.


-Mike




Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: < $1000 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: .Net development (including web dev; sql server dev, multi-core programming), home video editing, picture editing, creating slide shows and DVD's, web surfing


Parts Not Required: monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers OS


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel CPU


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024


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April 23, 2011 11:11:25 AM

I would NOT buy that power supply. Excerpt from Hardocp's review: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2010/11/22/cooler_master...

The Cooler Master GX 650W is the first Cooler Master power supply we have seen in a long time, and unfortunately it did not exactly leave me wanting more. Really it left me wanting some mouthwash to get this bad taste out of my mouth. The sad part is this unit is actually one I see a lot in retail and usually the price is over $100 (looking at you Microcenter) so when the opportunity arose to review this unit, I thought we might be on to something. A $100, 650W power supply can't be all bad right? Well I guess this unit isn't all bad but there were so many things about this unit that just scream "polished turd" in a box that it makes it kind of hard to see those things.

I suggest one of these (they are very good PSU's, pick one)
XFX Core Edition, Seasonic, silverstone, Corsair, or Antec PSU's. you dont need a 650w PSU, 500-550w will be just fine for your system, unless you think you might SLI your GPU in the future.
XFX Core Edition PRO650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX Core Edition PRO550W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SILVERSTONE ST50F-ES 500W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze 620W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W Modular
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-550VX 550W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I like your choice of GPU, is a little different from the builds I normally see. Performance wise, the HD 5830 sets between a HD 5770 and a GXT 460/HD6850. Good for occasional gaming @ up to 1920x1080.

Good choice on:
RAM
HDD
MB/CPU

for optical got with ASUS (if they are in stock) next best is LG or Lite-On.

Your choice of a Case is not a bad one. all the ones I would suggest aren't very budget minded ($100+)
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April 23, 2011 1:19:37 PM

@jerreddredd
Thanks for the feedback. I didn't find that review on the PSU - good info.

Found this PSU...I know 650 might be overkill but it's the same price as 500~550 PSU's. Would a 65O be okay for SLI?

Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Mike
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April 23, 2011 8:15:31 PM

mike2011 said:
@jerreddredd
Thanks for the feedback. I didn't find that review on the PSU - good info.

Found this PSU...I know 650 might be overkill but it's the same price as 500~550 PSU's. Would a 65O be okay for SLI?

Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Mike


looks good to me. I've never had a failure with Antec PSU's.
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