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View Poll Results: Intel Core i5 750 vs Phenom II x3 720 - For Content Creation
Intel Core i5 750 17 85.00%
Phenom II x3 720 3 15.00%
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Old December 11, 2009, 09:19 AM
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I'll be ordering parts next week.
Rig is for content creation, mostly indesign, illustrator, photoshop, bridge, camera raw.
Adobe Creative Suite and then some essentially.

I was checking out a Phenom II x2 550 / Athlon II x4 620 setup a couple weeks ago
but some things came up and now the budget went from $650 to $850 so i decided to jump up to the i5.

I'm mainly looking for suggestions on the motherboard, hard drive, and power supply.
The PSU/HDD is around $65 and the MOBO is around $109.
I'd like to stick with something close to these price ranges but was curious if anyone has discovered a better budget i5 MOBO.
Will be ordering online from Canada.

Budget:
$850

Current components list:
CPU - Intel Core I5 750
MOBO - Gigabyte P55M-UD2
RAM - G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24
GPU - Sapphire Radeon HD 5770
PSU - OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W
HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 7200RPM 32MB Dual Proc SATA
ODD - Lg GH22NS50 Black 22X Sata
HSF - Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus
50$ gaming mouse

Any Suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old December 11, 2009, 04:41 PM
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I'll be ordering parts next week.
Rig is for content creation, mostly indesign, illustrator, photoshop, bridge, camera raw.
Adobe Creative Suite and then some essentially.

I was checking out a Phenom II x2 550 / Athlon II x4 620 setup a couple weeks ago
but some things came up and now the budget went from $650 to $850 so i decided to jump up to the i5.

I'm mainly looking for suggestions on the motherboard, hard drive, and power supply.
The PSU/HDD is around $65 and the MOBO is around $109.
I'd like to stick with something close to these price ranges but was curious if anyone has discovered a better budget i5 MOBO.
Will be ordering online from Canada.

Budget:
$850

Current components list:
CPU - Intel Core I5 750
MOBO - Gigabyte P55M-UD2
RAM - G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24
GPU - Sapphire Radeon HD 5770
PSU - OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W
HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 7200RPM 32MB Dual Proc SATA
ODD - Lg GH22NS50 Black 22X Sata
HSF - Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus
50$ gaming mouse

Any Suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
A lot of people don't like OCZ for power supplies. I suggest maybe a corsair hx/tx series. I also suggest Razer or Logitech as your gaming mouse. Make sure it feels good though.
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Old December 11, 2009, 06:30 PM
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When it comes to Core-anything I am an Intel fan.

I am going to be building (or altering) my current sig rig into a Core i5. CPU + ASUS P7P55D EVO mobo + 4 x 2GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 memory (non-RipJaws cuz I don't like them).

I concur about the psu.
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Old December 11, 2009, 06:31 PM
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A lot of people don't like OCZ for power supplies. I suggest maybe a corsair hx/tx series. I also suggest Razer or Logitech as your gaming mouse. Make sure it feels good though.
There is nothing wrong with the OCZ 500W, considering it costs $42 after MIR at NCIX right now, it's a much better value for the money. There is no real need to drop $75 for a 450W corsair model. You might also consider going from a 500GB to a 640GB Caviar Black, I believe the 640gb drivers have better performance and 140gb more room for ~$10 more.
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There is nothing wrong with the OCZ 500W
Aside from the fact that it's a crappy Sirfa unit, that is.

As for the poll, it's a no-brainer. Go with the i5.
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If you can fit the i5 in your budget, hell yes get it.
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I could only find a couple reviews on it, but both reviews seemed to like it. One at Bit-tech.net and one at overclock3D.net. I mean, its not a fantastic PSU, but in a $850 build, I don't see whats so bad about it.

Edit: Here's another review at Fudzilla.
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I could only find a couple reviews on it, but both reviews seemed to like it. One at Bit-tech.net and one at overclock3D.net. I mean, its not a fantastic PSU, but in a $850 build, I don't see whats so bad about it.

Edit: Here's another review at Fudzilla.
None of those reviews are particularly thorough. Here's a look at the 700W version: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700w - OCZ 700W ModXStream Pro Power Supply | [H]ard|OCP

It would probably do the job, but it's still not a great PSU and there are much better options out there. There's a reason OCZ sells their lower-end PSUs for such low prices, and that reason is because they're cheap units and they aren't made very well (the exceptions to this are the ModXStream and StealthXStream 400W units, which are actually made by CWT and are pretty good).
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None of those reviews are particularly thorough. Here's a look at the 700W version: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700w - OCZ 700W ModXStream Pro Power Supply | [H]ard|OCP

It would probably do the job, but it's still not a great PSU and there are much better options out there. There's a reason OCZ sells their lower-end PSUs for such low prices, and that reason is because they're cheap units and they aren't made very well (the exceptions to this are the ModXStream and StealthXStream 400W units, which are actually made by CWT and are pretty good).
Fair enough, I calculated his pre-PSU price and it's about $750 if he PM's everything, so in that case, with $100 left over, ya you could go for a nicer PSU. I figured he was closer to his budget limit so going for a good value PSU would be reasonable. Odds are, for what he plans to use it for that it would be fine, but I guess it's better to be safe then sorry.
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Alright,,, that PSU is really scaring me,, as they said, Corasir.... Ok well you might not think its a big deal, but once that thing acts all wacky on you,, you'll be sorry you didnt give a little more buck into it.
All your other parts could be at stake. Because all the parts are recieving power from that thing
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