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Old November 4, 2010, 02:41 PM
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Hello and thanks for the help. Just lookin for opinions on this build. Would like this machine to last me at least 5 years. Been in IT for 8 years pc repair/network admin but first build.

- Used for gamin mostly (though mostly low demand games like WOW), web design and Photoshop
- lower than $1500
- NewEgg
- prefer Intel and Nvidia
- no current parts except mouse, keyboard and speakers
- I have researched this site and many, many others
- don't see a need to overclock atm
- within the next week, hopefully by the end of the weekend

AZZA Hurrican 2000 case
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro
Intel Core i5-760
EVGA GeForce GTX 460 Superclocked 1GB (have read that the EE version is noticably louder and hotter)
SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA (find SSD a bit pricey atm)
ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM
LITE-ON DVD Writer

I figure a few years down I can double the RAM and add another Fermi in SLI.

NewEgg links in same order:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811517010
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131621
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115067
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130571
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151087
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236049
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106335
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Old November 4, 2010, 02:48 PM
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howdy and welcome. you could try a cm 922 for case.

good psu, overkill.

same with cpu if you dont do rendering or such(hyoerthreaded quad a must). get an i3 530/540 and see later

try to ge a black or f3 for hdd. faster.

sammy 24 inchers, dvi so unless that bothers you.

i always look at giga boards, but hey. ud3/4p are nice.
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Old November 4, 2010, 02:55 PM
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Honestly looks very good except maybe get a GTX 470, and definitely a Caviar Black.
See if you could spare the budget to fit an SSD in there (although don't go skimping on anything else to get it)
Possibly change the fan on the 212+ to something higher performance.
I like that case.
PSU is okay, remember the upgrade path.

That optical drive is the EXACT same one I have used in EVERY SINGLE build I've ever done. I've memorized the model #
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I'm surprised that dang didn't suggest you to get an X3430/40 instead of the i5 750 so you can get hyper-threading.

Everything else looks good Good luck with your build and enjoy the new machine
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i did, indirectly and properly typed too! :p
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Old November 4, 2010, 05:22 PM
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I'm surprised that dang didn't suggest you to get an X3430/40 instead of the i5 750 so you can get hyper-threading.

Everything else looks good Good luck with your build and enjoy the new machine

QFT, he does love his Xeons.

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Old November 4, 2010, 05:37 PM
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btw :


3440
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology

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i shouldve kept it. i scored a 150 dollar 3440 for me bud lol, probably came out a workstation or something. since i didnt have a spare 1156 board...i didnt keep it. :flamesuit on:
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Old November 4, 2010, 05:45 PM
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Thanks for info. Yeah, was a bit confused on which hard drive to get. This is what I've found:

Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Figurin on buyin an ssd for the os a bit later when the price and reliability get a bit better.

Definitely know the psu is overkill but I really like what I've read about Seasonic psu's and figure this will stick with me through at least a couple builds. I really like how quiet and stable they are. I've always been someone that pays a bit more to get something high quality that will last. ATM, I'm watching TV with the sound running through a 23 year old Kenwood KRV-95R receiver and Cerwin-Vega D3's that still rock GnR like when they were new (or maybe I just can't hear very well anymore....).

I guess I view the i5 as a bit of future proofing over the i3 as well. I can also see myself playin some more intense games in the near future, once I'm through with cataclysm. But, since newegg just knocked $15 off the i5 750, I think I'm gonna go with that instead of the 760.

Newegg.com - Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750

And about the gig versus asus boards, don't all the gig boards go 8x/4x in sli versus 8x/8x on the asus?
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Thanks for info. Yeah, was a bit confused on which hard drive to get. This is what I've found:

Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Figurin on buyin an ssd for the os a bit later when the price and reliability get a bit better.

Definitely know the psu is overkill but I really like what I've read about Seasonic psu's and figure this will stick with me through at least a couple builds. I really like how quiet and stable they are. I've always been someone that pays a bit more to get something high quality that will last. ATM, I'm watching TV with the sound running through a 23 year old Kenwood KRV-95R receiver and Cerwin-Vega D3's that still rock GnR like when they were new (or maybe I just can't hear very well anymore....).

I guess I view the i5 as a bit of future proofing over the i3 as well. I can also see myself playin some more intense games in the near future, once I'm through with cataclysm. But, since newegg just knocked $15 off the i5 750, I think I'm gonna go with that instead of the 760.

Newegg.com - Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750

And about the gig versus asus boards, don't all the gig boards go 8x/4x in sli versus 8x/8x on the asus?
I think both manufacturers have boards that go one way or another. If you want more lanes go with an EVGA board, I think they got some that are more capable.
That being said there is nothing wrong with the PSU, as it gives you an upgrade path and allows you a lot of expansion options. And yes I think the i5 is a better path than the i3 if you have the money to spend.

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Old November 4, 2010, 05:57 PM
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Crap, now I'm gonna spend a day or two looking at the 3440....
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