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Old 07-31-2010, 08:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi !

I'm in the process of beginning my first build and
I need some help... Not certain on some parts but
for now I choose this:

ASUS P7P55D Motherboard
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz CPU
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W PSU

I'm going to use 8G of RAM but I don't know what to
choose... Also, the MB is ATI compatible but which GPU
card ???

I do a bit of gaming but my first concern is photo edition...

Any input is welcome...

Thanks !!!

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Old 07-31-2010, 10:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome!

First off for RAM I would recommend Corsair Dominator, Mushkin, G.skill Ripjaws, Crucial Ballistix. They're all good IMO.

But a couple of questions:
1) What games are you planning on playing?
2) Are you sure you need 8gb of RAM? I don't know much about photo editing but 4gb could be enough. If you save money on the RAM you can buy a better GPU.
3) What is your budget? The absolute maximum you are willing to spend please...
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Old 08-01-2010, 12:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You are in Canada, so you will be using NCIX and/or NewEgg.ca.

I will ask one of the same questions: What is your budget? What is your target amount, and what is your absolute maximum that you cannot go over?

8GB of RAM is no big deal anymore. Photo editing and rendering can use it instead of your hard drive. As fas as memory brands I recommend G.Skill almost exclusively. I use it and have for quite a while. Their Ripjaws series are the bomb.

Which version of the ASUS P7P55D are you looking at? There are several different ones... Deluxe, -E, -E LX, EVO, -E Deluxe, -E Pro, and just plain P7P55D.

Your choice of CPU and PSU are rock solid, BTW. A quad will serve you well both in photo editing and gaming. The motherboard may support ATI CrossfireX, but it can also run Nvidia cards but not in SLI.
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Old 08-01-2010, 12:45 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Ok, I like COD Modern Warfare 1&2 games
and first shooter alike games... Money is not
a problem, but I just don't want to go overkill...

The MB is the plain Asus P7P55D... I'm not sure
if I will overclock but maybe... I know nothing about
that for now. I want something that is reliable and safe.
Maybe it's not the right choice ???

One of my first concern is the quality of the parts
and the compatibility.

Thanks guys !!

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Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750
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GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

$325

Newegg.ca - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8Q-8GBRM
$226

Newegg.ca - Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$55

Newegg.ca - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
$95 w/$10 MIR

Newegg.ca - ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - CD / DVD Burners
$22

Newegg.ca - Western Digital AV-GP WD5000AVDS 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal AV Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$55 (System drive)

Newegg.ca - Western Digital AV-GP WD10EVDS 1TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal AV Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$95 (Data drive)

Newegg.ca - ZOTAC ZT-40402-10P GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$230

Newegg.ca - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - Operating Systems
$105

Total = $1208

Everything is compatible and all are top notch products. The only way to make it better for what you want would be to go i7 and another few hundred dollars.
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This will do well for MW2 and MW
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Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750
&
GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

$325

Newegg.ca - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8Q-8GBRM
$226

Newegg.ca - Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$55

Newegg.ca - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
$95 w/$10 MIR

Newegg.ca - ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - CD / DVD Burners
$22

Newegg.ca - Western Digital AV-GP WD5000AVDS 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal AV Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$55 (System drive)

Newegg.ca - Western Digital AV-GP WD10EVDS 1TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal AV Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$95 (Data drive)

Newegg.ca - ZOTAC ZT-40402-10P GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$230

Newegg.ca - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - Operating Systems
$105

Total = $1208

Everything is compatible and all are top notch products. The only way to make it better for what you want would be to go i7 and another few hundred dollars.
Well, if he wanted the best one he could get, he'd probably get the i7-980, and crossfire 5970's if it's possible. :P And a 2TB, high RPM SATA drive, and 6 of those 4GB sticks. That is if he wants the best he could possibly get. :P
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