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Old January 8, 2010, 04:44 PM
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I'm new to the forum and would like some feedback concerning my i5 build.

1. What YOUR PC will be used for.
- Flight Simulator (FS9 and FSX), digital photography, home office applications, Internet

2. What YOUR budget is.
- $1500 Canadian

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.
- Canada

4. IF YOU have a brand preference.
- Have had good success with ASUS in the past

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.
- Dell 24 inch 1920x1080 LCD monitor
- Mouse/keyboard

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.
- Yes, looked at some i5 build threads

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.
- Will OC for FSX performance.

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?
- Within next two weeks. Some parts have been acquired.


Here is what I currently have purchased:
- i5 750 CPU
- ASUS P7P55D-E PRO motherboard
- Western Digital Black 1 Tb hard drive
- Pioneer 22X DVD w/Lightscribe
- Corsair Professional HX650W PSU
- Antec 300 Case
- Win 7 Professional OEM

Now I have some decisions to make re memory, video card and CPU cooling. I will continue that discussion in another post.
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Old January 8, 2010, 04:56 PM
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I still need to decide on memory, video card and CPU cooler.

1. Memory
- The dealer where I got the motherboard suggested 2x2Gb Patriot Sector 5 1333 Mhz for about $140 Cdn. I think the timing for that memory is 9-9-9-24. I'm not sure if that is good memory and a good price. Also how important is the timing and speed?

2. Video Card
- Initially I had decided on Nvidia GTX260. Someone suggested to me that I should get a Radeon 5850. The 5850s are hard to get locally in my city. I can get a Sapphire 5850 for around $345 ... not sure if that is a good brand and price. I've also considered a Radeon 5770.

3. CPU Cooler
- I had decided on a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus but again cannot find one locally. Probably could get one from NCIX but that will take at least a week. The dealer where I got the motherboard suggested a Noctu NH-U12P but it is big and is double the cost of the 212 Plus.

My problem now is that I want to get this build going as soon as possible while I still have some dealer warranty time left. Would it be a good idea to just take the plunge with the Patriot memory, Sapphire 5850 and Noctua cooler?

Your comments/suggestions are welcomed and may I say needed!
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Old January 8, 2010, 05:43 PM
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You could just use stock heatsink until the new one is shipped from NCIX. As for GPU I personally don't think that a 5850 is worth $345 since you can get a 260 for ~$200 and the gap between the 260 and 5850 isnt that huge, or at least not worth the extra $150 in my eyes. You do get DX11 and eyefinity support though... As for RAM I wouldn't get that kit for 140. It would help if I knew where you were buying this stuff from and if they have a site please link it, otherwise I'll just recommend something from NCIX.

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Old January 8, 2010, 05:46 PM
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radeon 5770s are totally decent cards, id recommend a pair of those in xfire vs any single gpu solution. You arent going to be cramming a long video card into that antec 300 unless you plan on getting craewtive. Id get from directcanada or somewhere else if you want to get your parts in a reasonable time frame.(depending on location)
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Old January 8, 2010, 06:01 PM
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Ya, 5770 would be a good choice since they in the same performance range of a 260, perform slightly better in most cases it seems and it looks like you could get one for a little bit cheaper than a 260.
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Old January 8, 2010, 06:13 PM
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Thanks for the replies.

The local dealer where I got the CPU and motherboard is PCCyber (www.pccyber.com) in Ottawa, Canada. They have the Patriot memory, Sapphire card and Noctua cooler I mentioned above. Some of the other parts I got from NCIX (in British Columbia) and Canada Computers (here in Ottawa).


I just found out that Canada Computers have the following available locally:

1. Patriot Extreme Viper II Sector 5 2x2Gb PC3-1066 DDR3-1333 Low Latency (6-6-6-20) 1.65v memory for $104.99 after instant and mail-in rebates. That looks pretty good to me.

2. Powercolor AX5850 1GBD5-MDHG (Dirt 2 Edition) video card for $319.99. That's a better deal than the Sapphire card. Still not sure I want to spend this much. Are Powercolor cards reliable?

3. Cooler - I don't want to use the stock cooler and then have to take out the motherboard again in order to put in another cooler if it needs a backplate.
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I've built the exact same rig for a customer that wanted to run FSX, except I chose the Corsair TX750W and the ram sticks were Gskill DDR3-1600s. Here's a tip: I had to lower the eye-candy from FSX in order to run on a 24" using an ATI HD5870 - @ 25 fps and the chip @ 3.6Ghz. Dual 5770s won't even cut it for full-blown game play, but it will be better than a single 5870.
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Old January 8, 2010, 06:26 PM
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Wow ... FSX sure eats up resources. Maybe I should stick with FS9/FS2004 with some add-ons to improve the eye candy.

Is it possible to OC the i5 750 with the stock cooler and if so how high can you go?
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Old January 8, 2010, 06:29 PM
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I do not recommend to OC using the stock cooler.
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Old January 8, 2010, 06:36 PM
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3.33ghz max on stock cooler and thats pushing it. Im currently running stock until i get a new case that can house my watercooler properly.
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