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Old 12-07-2010, 11:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone, it's my first time here and I'm after some advice on whether or not this is going to work...

CPU: Intel i5-760 Core i5 CPU Quad Core 2.80 GHz 8MB L3 Cache 2.5 GT/s Socket LGA1156 Turbo Boost 45nm 95W

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 MB Intel P55 DDR3 2000 PCI-Ex16 SATA3 USB 3.0 RAID GbE LAN 8CH Audio 2oc PCB Heatsink ATX

HDD: Western Digital WD1002FAEX 3.5" CAVIAR BLACK 1TB 7200RPM 64MB SATA 3

RAM: Corsair CMV4GX3M2A1333C9 4GB (2x 2Gb) (1333MHz) DDR3 Performance solution RAM non-ECC 2x240-pin DIMM CAS 9-9-9-24 unbuffered

Obviously I still need a power supply, graphics card and a case - what can you recommend?

Oh, also... what will I need in the way of cooling?



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Old 12-07-2010, 12:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What's your budget and where are you going to buy the hardware? Newegg usually has nice combos that saves you money.


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Well unless your overclocking you should be fine with stock cooling, i would still buy an aftermarket CPU cooler because the stock ones are so bad; even a 35$ would be better. and yeah whats your budget like ?
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Old 12-07-2010, 08:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My budget is around $1200 I guess, I'm not too fussed. But I don't use the computer for gaming or anything like that so I don't want to waste money getting the best of everything.

I live in Australia so I can't buy from Newegg, already checked that out. I'm buying from an Australian online company. This is their website: GREENBOXiT A.B.N. 63 105 635 809
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What are you using this for, if not gaming? AMD is cheaper if you want to go that route.

Why not get an SSD, keep your 1TB drive for storage? I'd recommend anything OCZ, I have the Vertex 60GB. There are others as well.

I have this PSU: 650W "Corsair" TX-650 ATX Power Supply 80 PLUS Certified 2x 6+2 PCI-E 8x SATA 8x Molex 5 Year Warranty
You may not need the overhaul, though.

Cases are personal. See what you like.

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Old 12-08-2010, 12:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811129042

ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU TOP/DI/1GD5 GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
Item #: N82E16814121394

Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE ...
Item #: N82E16817371022

Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory w/ Blue LEDs Model BL2KIT25664TB1608
Item #: N82E16820148333

ZEROtherm CF800-MK III(ZT-510D) 92mm CPU Cooler
Item #: N82E16835887028

ASUS PCE-N13 PCI Express Wireless Adapter
Item #: N82E16833320048

LG Black 10X Blu-ray Burner - Bulk SATA WH10LS30 LightScribe Support - OEM
Item #: N82E16827136181

Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST31000340NS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148278

Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
Item #: N82E16819115067
ASUS P7P55D Deluxe LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131400

Total: $1,090.83

Intel Core i5, 4GB DDR3, 1TB HDD, GeForce GTS 450 1GB
CD/DVD Burner, Blu-Ray Burner, B/G/N wifi

I'm not sure what your needs are but this build would work well.
If you are looking to build a system, I would recommend picking a motherboard/CPU package from and working from there. The specs tab on the motherboard will help you pick the additional hardware.

When it comes to the case, I would go with a standard well built one like I posted. If you want one with all the LED lights and clear plastic design cutouts, then look at reviews and spend about $100 on one. The cheaper "cool looking" cases are not built well and are typically flimsy.

Also, one of my favorite sites for finding electronic deals is
BB simply displays current deals throughout the web. Including any PC Hardware/accessories. I check the website a couple times throughout the day to see if any good deals have been posted. You can typically find a flash drive for $1/GB (16GB flash drive for $16). However, the deals/coupons only last between a few hours and weeks (at the most).

Good luck

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