New computer build, hoping for some advice

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New computer build, hoping for some advice

Postby Hale » Sat Dec 26, 2009 5:43 am UTC

Over the past couple days I have come to realize that it's time to upgrade to a completely new computer and so spent some time building one up from parts. I now come asking for help and advice on a new gaming/school computer from the knowledgeable people of the fora. I've done my best to check everything for compatibility and workability, however I know myself to be a novice in the world of computers and especially in hardware.

This is what I have so far, with a budget of around $1200, but I'd prefer to have some leftover after the computer to upgrade my monitor.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6822136284 Western Digital 1TB HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820134852 6G Kingston DDR3 RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6819115215 Intel i5 750 2.66 GHz Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813130238 MSI P55-GD80 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817703024 750W PC Power&Cooling PSU (see below)
http://www.mwave.com/mwave/SKUSearch_v3 ... ia=AA75762 Lian Li Mid-Tower Case (Newegg didn't have this model when I was looking around)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6827151175 Sony CD/DVD Burner/Reader

I'm currently between two video cards, either way I plan to get another and go Crossfire in 6-8 months, thus the 750W PSU.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814127460 MSI ATI Radeon HD 5750
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814127468 MSI ATI Radeon HD 5770

Will also be running Windows7 Professional or Ultimate 64-bit. Have a keyboard/mouse/speakers/current monitor to use so that's no problem. Look for any help people can give.
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Re: New computer build, hoping for some advice

Postby Axman » Sat Dec 26, 2009 7:05 am UTC

You got a triple-channel memory kit when LGA1156 supports only dual-channel. Get four gigs of cheaper, faster RAM, a good third-party heatsink; you'll still have enough left over for the 5770. Lastly, a 750W PSU is overkill, even for a dual-GPU rig. 5-600W will have you covered and then some.

You are going to overclock, right?

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Re: New computer build, hoping for some advice

Postby Zeroignite » Sat Dec 26, 2009 8:50 am UTC

Is there any particular reason you're dead set on that Lian-Li case? There are many many cases available on Newegg that will do a just as good (if not better) job. The classic Antec 300 would pretty much guarantee adequate cooling, and the Solo is known for quietude and exceptional design.
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Re: New computer build, hoping for some advice

Postby Hale » Sat Dec 26, 2009 4:01 pm UTC

My mistake on the RAM, must have gotten it confused with one of the other boards I was looking at.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820231145 4G G.SKILL DDR2 would be my choice now.

I honestly don't know much about hardware myself, so was, wrongly it seems, assuming 1 GPU = 500~ while 2 = 700~ even though I have no idea where that came from.
How does this 550W Corsair look?

And yes on the overclocking.

Not at all set, it's big brother, the K62, was recommended to me by a friend, but the extra LEDs and window aren't worth $30 to me. Biggest thing I'm worried about besides the cooling is the room inside the case for, eventually, dual video cards while still letting me see when putting it all together. Definitely looking at the 300 now that I know it's there.
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Re: New computer build, hoping for some advice

Postby Axman » Sat Dec 26, 2009 4:39 pm UTC

*cough*

That power supply's tops. The reason vendors ask for waaay too much power is to cover their asses when unscrupulous manufacturers make PSUs that are rated much higher than their capacities. Also, it's possible to make a cheap power supply that's, sure, does produce 750W, but if half is on the 3.3/5V rail, that power's almost worthless (the majority of components draw 12V).

The only computer I've ever made that was capable of drawing more than 500W was a Phenom X4 with dual 4870X2s. I think it peaked at around 600W, and it ran fine on a 650W PSU.

If you're looking for another place to shore up the budget, it's the motherboard. Check out this Biostar TPOWER review.

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Re: New computer build, hoping for some advice

Postby Hale » Sun Dec 27, 2009 3:14 am UTC

*shifty eyes* *much throat clearing* I blame not being fully awake when I posted that for the RAM.

Definitely taking that board into consideration.

Edit below: merged my lower post into this one since it served the purpose of flagging this thread as having new things inside even if only for a little while.

Coming back to this topic with a with a slightly edited build with hopes for some more thoughts before ordering in the next couple days while specials are still going on.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6822136284 Western Digital 1TB HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6819115215 Intel i5 750 2.66 GHz Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813130238 MSI P55-GD80 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6827151175 Samsung CD/DVD Burner/Reader
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814127468 MSI ATI Radeon HD 5770

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811129066 Antec 300 Illusion, 2 more included fans for $10-15 extra after shipping seems worth it
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817139005 650W Corsair, due to free shipping and the MIR it is cheaper than the 550 at time of posting, so might as well get it so I can hopefully use it for longer with more upgrades to the rest
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820145251 4g DDR3 Corsair RAM, as the amazing Axman corrected me :oops:

With that build it seems I have the money left for a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6824001317 23" Samsung 2048x1152 monitor.

Any further thoughts from the brilliant people of the fora?
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