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#1 Jul 29 2010 at 12:16 PM Rating: Decent
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Hi everyone, this is my first time posting and my first time building a computer. How does this build look, and does anyone have any comments/suggestions about changing anything? I'm building it primarily to play FFXIV and other new games like Starcraft II. My price point is around $1000, but I have some breathing room there. Currently, I'm just installing the 1 GPU, but would like to keep the option for SLI open for the future. Thanks!

Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750

GPU: MSI N460GTX CYCLONE 1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

CD Drive: LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

O/S: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Total: $1,044.91
#2 Jul 29 2010 at 3:26 PM Rating: Good
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Looks alright to me, but I'm no expert. Might want to consider upping the wattage of the PS. Also, if you're not set on that Antec case, I have this one, that I'm actually unable to use. Willing to let it go pretty cheap.
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#3 Jul 29 2010 at 4:12 PM Rating: Good
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- The P55 platform is not optimal for SLI/Crossfire. It'll still do a decent job, but you'll effectively lose USB 3.0 and won't get quite the performance you would with an X58 platform system. The issue is basically limited PCI Express lanes. Might be better, down the line, to swap for a better single card on that platform, if you find you need to upgrade. The GTX 460 is a great value though, so you may be fine with one for a while.

- For like $15 more you could get the new i5-760, which is clocked at 2.8Ghz stock. May not be an issue if you're planning on overclocking though, as I think it's the same chip, just higher binned.

- Possibly look at a Caviar Black rather than the Blue series. Nothing inherently wrong with 'em, but the Black series tend to lean just that little bit more towards performance. The Blue series drives are intended to be all-rounders. Other than that, the 1TB version of the drive is $5 least consider that =P If you watch Newegg's sales, they've had the Black series 1TB for similar prices recently. Bang for your buck is probably at the 1.5TB size right now... WD Black 1.5TB is like $110, not on sale.

Another consideration, particularly if you don't have external HDDs, would be to get two HDDs, one for OS/apps, and one for media/etc, though that's easy enough to add later too.
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#4 Jul 29 2010 at 7:21 PM Rating: Excellent
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Not bad for the price. I agree on the motherboard comment. X58 would have been the way to go, but for $1k thats not bad. Take a look at the P6X58D board. It's a bit more, but it has SLI / crossfire capability along with the SATA 6GB/sec controller for when the faster SD's come down in price. That would of course also require going with a Socket 1366CPU which would add another $80 to the CPU cost

I really dislike that particular antec three hundred case (from personal experiance), because getting to the hard drives requires you to pull the front bezil and it lacks rails for the upper drives (DVD, etc). It's not a bad case otherwise, but you can do better for the same price:

If you are planning on going SLI in the future, a larger PSU now would be a good choice. Otherwise you are looking at a second video card and replacing the PSU at that time. For Dual SLI with the 460 you're going to want a minimum of an 850 watt. This is the PSU I use in my gaming rig at the moment:
It is a bit pricy, but I highly reccommend it.

HDD, unless you are going to spring for a 10,000 RPM raptor drive, I wouldn't worry too much about a WD black drive over the Blue series. Avoid the "green" series like the plague though. You would get a bit more performance with the black series drive, but that money might be better allocated towards more ram.
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#5 Jul 29 2010 at 9:37 PM Rating: Decent
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Thanks for the help, guys! Made a few adjustments and got a pretty sweet rig for $1,087 shipped. Now the next 2 months just need to go by real quick...
#6 Aug 06 2010 at 5:35 PM Rating: Good
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I would caution you on two things:

1. That PSU might not be powerful enough to run dual GPUs in SLI or Crossfire. If you plan on ever using dual GPUs you will be cutting it close. Most recommend a 750W PSU for dual GPUs.

2. I would hesistate to buy a 1156 package CPU because your future upgrade options may be extremely limited. I would either go with an Intel 1366 socket or an AMD AM3 socket to make sure you can upgrade when the next generation CPUs come out.

You can also save some money by just eliminating dual GPU considerations altogether. For builds around the $1000 mark, it is almost always more cost efficient to go with one really good GPU. You can then save money on the PSU and the MoBo and use it elsewhere, like a more powerful CPU or GPU.
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