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Old January 24, 2010, 04:31 PM
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This isn't me looking for help with building a rig, I am looking to revise/ finalise this layout.

What do you all think?

1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.
2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread
3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.
4. IF YOU have a brand preference. That means, are you an Intel-Fanboy, AMD-Fanboy, ATI-Fanboy, nVidia-Fanboy, Seagate-Fanboy, WD-Fanboy, etc, etc, etc, you get the picture.
5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.
6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.
7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.
8. WHEN do you plan to build it?
9. What resolution do you use?
  • Gaming
  • <$1000 USD
  • USA
  • Doesn't matter
  • DVD Drive, Corsair H50
  • Yup yup
  • Yes, overclocking is happening
  • Next week(ish)
  • 1680x1050/1920x1080
All needs to come from newegg.com

Case: NZXT Tempest EVO
Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D
CPU: Intel Core i5 750
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3-1600 (Item #: N82E16820231277)
Video Card: XFX 5770 (Item #: N82E16814150447)
PSU: Corsair HX750W Modular (Item #: N82E16817139010)
HDD: Western Digital Black Caviar 500GB (Item #: N82E16822136320)
DVD/CD: Just buy something local for $30

Total: $953.93

I think I got it all here. The user is mainly gaming - typical... User is from the USA and prefers to buy from Newegg.com. The above list is from there.

Is this all good for <$1000USD? Or can we do better?
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Old January 25, 2010, 02:03 PM
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For overclocking I would go with a P55A-UD4P. That said, I'd consider an AMD processor UD4P for AMD and upgrade your video card to the 5850, since games are GPU intensive. That's all up to you. If you want to just build the system now, you can keep the 5770 and crossfire in a year or 2. I built a similar system to yours (with the Gigabyte mobo), but I'm not a huge gamer and need to run certain apps where the Intel kills the AMD. If you'll never bother with those, then AMD is the better buy, and like I said, a 5850 would be a better place to allocate that savings.
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Old January 25, 2010, 02:08 PM
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... then AMD is the better buy, and like I said, a 5850 would be a better place to allocate that savings.
you will change the i5 750 for an AMD

Nice build don't change anything on the CPU and Board, but the case can be change for a K62 or a CM690 II , and for few $ more you have a 640 WD instead of a 500 ,
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Old January 25, 2010, 02:08 PM
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You might be able to save a few bucks on the PSU. Even 750w is a lot considering he's only running a single 5770. I don't know much much about that case, but it sure looks snazzy. :) If he can save ~$30 by getting a smaller PSU that will put him at $923.93. Do you think then he'd consider adding a 30GB SSD as a boot drive? I think they can be had now for like $95.00 if you shop around. Or is $1,000 like a rock-hard, can't-go-over-under-any-circumstances limit?

Oh, and I agree with MarkOne. Switching to an AMD chip from an i5 750 would be silly.
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Old January 25, 2010, 02:10 PM
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.... adding a 30GB SSD as a boot drive?.
30 is not enough I put everything I can on an other drive and my c: use 28 gb on my Intel 80 gigs
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Old January 25, 2010, 03:21 PM
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It's a solid build, there's almost nothing I would change. Only thing is that the PSU is a bit overkill (and I don't think the 750HX is worth it over the TX), the 640GB is barely any more than the 500GB, and you might be able to get a better case (especially if you can wait out the CM 690 II and add a couple fans. Besides that it's about as good as I could put together. Happy building.
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i too think you should go for an AMD chip.. they are a bit cheaper.. :-P
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you will change the i5 750 for an AMD

Nice build don't change anything on the CPU and Board, but the case can be change for a K62 or a CM690 II , and for few $ more you have a 640 WD instead of a 500 ,
AMD with 5850 > i5 with 5770 for gaming. If he can afford both the 5850 and the i5 than that's a better system, but gpu is going to tap before processor if you're running quad and overclocking.
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I say stick with the i5. I can attest it's a great overclocker for the value. Besides, imo Intel simply make better core-anything chips.

I agree about comments on the PSU. You could save a few bucks by going non-modular and/or less power. My system @ load on oc is drawing only 284+/- watts. But it's personal preference really. I <3 modular and high output will be future-proof.
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