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Hey, First time posting but have been a member for awhile, Finally decided its time to move to the less portable world of desktops.
I'm looking around trying working out what is going to get me a nice setup while not losing me my arms and legs. I will list below what I have pencilled in so far:

Case
I looking at going with a htpc case as I have a hifi rack next to my computer with a free self(works quite well as a place to keep ps3, xbox 360 and other goodies). At the moment I'm looking at the Silverstone LC17 because of its a plain front, fits full ATX motherboard and its not as deep as most of the ones I found.

CPU
I have gone with the Intel Core i5 750 as I plan to have a separate GFX card so no point getting one of the i5 with built in GPU and I can't justify the extra cost of a i7.


Motherboard
The not a lot of thought went into the motherboard so I may not have picked my best option. I went with the Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 for not much more then it says it was made to support the core i5, it has a couple of usb 3.0 port which can't be a bad thing... can it? It has Spdif audio out built it which saves me from getting a separate sound card and has plenty of standard USB ports.


GFX Card
At the moment I have an Overclocked version of the Gigabyte ATI Radeon HD5850 GFX card VERY lightly pencilled in. I don't need anything to hectic as most of my gaming is done on my ps3 and xbox but still want a bit of kick for the odd steam game.


RAM
For ram I decided to go with 2x2gb stick which at this point are going to be the OCZ PC3-10666. No real reason for the brand/model choice but does say it works with Core i5(not sure why it wouldn't but I don't know much about this stuff).


Power Supply
I no next to nothing about power supplies but a little googling I found a calculator to find the right size and was told Corsair are the way to go. So for now I have the Corsair HX-650 listed but would be interested to know if you guys think i'm cutting the power to close and should go for the 750, if so how does the TX compare to the HX.


Optical Drive
I have really go in the grove of ripping all my movies to my computer and running a media server so any in my house can watch them without the risk of them getting scratched. I have run it to a dead end when it comes to my blurays, so I gone with just a reader as I don't see me wanting to burn them any time soon as next to never burn DVDs. I will get the cheapest of the main brands at the time unless there are any models I should avoid. The Samsung SH-B083A fills that box at the moment

Hard Drives
To Start off I have a spare 1tb Western Digital drive laying around so I will just us that but down the track I may fork out for a small SSD(40gb Intel drive?) to install the OS and a few of main Applications.


Monitor
I haven't really had a look for a monitor yet, but i was told dell make quite good monitors and i saw a 24" for a want looked like a bargain but now i can't even find the monitor on their site???? Will have a look some time over the next few days but any suggests would be appreciated.

Keyboard & Mouse
I have recently had a run in with Logitech over warranty so I wont buy Logitech stuff online and anywhere else it's over priced. I quite like the look of the Sidewinder gear atm so I have the X5 Mouse and X5 Keyboard filling the spot for the time.

Nothing above is final and I'm not only open to any suggestions, I may even get on my hand and knees and beg for them. Below is the my current source and Price for each part. I will keep it up to date of what I'm currently look at.

Part Type --------- Part Model ------------------------------------------------------- Price ---- Source
Mother Board ----- Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 Motherboard ----------------------- $155 ----- PC Case Gear
Case ---------------- SilverStone LC17 Black ---------------------------------------- $125 ----- PC Case Gear
CPU ----------------- Intel Core i5 750 ------------------------------------------------ $239 ----- PC Case Gear
Video Card -------- Gigabyte ATI Radeon HD5850 Overclocked 1GB ----------- $349 ----- PC Case Gear
RAM ----------------- G.Skill F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ 2x2g -------------------------- $143 ----- PC Case Gear
Mouse -------------- Microsoft SideWinder X5 Mouse ------------------------------ $39 ------ PC Case Gear
Keyboard ---------- Microsoft SideWinder X4 Keyboard --------------------------- $49 ------ PC Case Gear
PSU ----------------- Seasonic M12 II Bronze 620W -------------------------------- $159 ----- PC Case Gear
Optical Drive ------ Samsung SH-B083A Blu-ray DVD ------------------------------ $134 ----- PC Case Gear
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- $1,392
Edited by Gaming Warrior - 4/29/10 at 3:17am
post #2 of 7
Great build! However, see if you can get a reference version of the card, factory overclocks aren't really worth the extra money in my opinion.

A small SSD is a great idea.

For a 24" monitor, I'd go with a BenQ one, they are great.

If this is an HTPC, will you be getting a TV Tuner? Also, I think a dedicated sound card is a good idea, look at the Auzentech Forte or Bravura
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Pretty decent, a couple of recommendations though:

1. Stay away from OCZ. As far as memory manufacturers go they have by far the worst quality control.

Get these instead:
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=13033

Low voltage means less heat for a small case

Or you could get these since they are cheaper:

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=13601

2. The HX 650 is alright, but you can do better, namely:

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=13567

Same manufacturer, only its a newer model.

or if you're at all concerned with noise and heat:

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=12907

This one will run fanless most of the time.
    
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post #4 of 7
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Originally Posted by LAF View Post
Great build! However, see if you can get a reference version of the card, factory overclocks aren't really worth the extra money in my opinion.
On MyCaseGear.com which seems so far to be pretty well priced that gigabyte GFX card is also the cheapest of the 5850's. So if cost is the only issue with buying factory overclocked GFX card this one shouldn't be a problem.
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A small SSD is a great idea.
Any brands you would suggest looking at other then Intel?
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Originally Posted by LAF View Post
For a 24" monitor, I'd go with a BenQ one, they are great.
The BenQ G2420HD also seems to be one of the cheapest 24" monitors, is it the one your talking about?
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Originally Posted by LAF View Post
If this is an HTPC, will you be getting a TV Tuner? Also, I think a dedicated sound card is a good idea, look at the Auzentech Forte or Bravura
Both could be an option down the track if I decide its worth it, but at the moment free to air tv sucks and my speakers are nothing special(Pioneer HTP-330)

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Originally Posted by nathris View Post
Pretty decent, a couple of recommendations though:

1. Stay away from OCZ. As far as memory manufacturers go they have by far the worst quality control.

Get these instead:
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=13033

Low voltage means less heat for a small case

Or you could get these since they are cheaper:

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=13601


2. The HX 650 is alright, but you can do better, namely:

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=13567

Same manufacturer, only its a newer model.

or if you're at all concerned with noise and heat:

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=12907

This one will run fanless most of the time.
Unless you think I'm likely to have issues with keeping everything cool I think I will go with the cheaper of the G.Skill ram and Seasonic power supplies.

UPDATED SPECS AT BOTTOM OF FIRST POST
post #5 of 7
The issue with factory clocked graphics cards is that they don't have voltage control. So it is very difficult to overclock it yourself.

OCZ are good, I'd get an OCZ Vertex for preference.

That one is a good choice, but BenQ are good, just cause it's cheap doesn't mean it's bad
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post #6 of 7
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OCZ are good, I'd get an OCZ Vertex for preference.
Think I will get an SSD later down the track.
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That one is a good choice, but BenQ are good, just cause it's cheap doesn't mean it's bad
Think i'm going grab a dell monitor, only heard good things about them and I found a 15% off code which brings it down to quite an attractive price.

Just a few more things before i place my order.

Will I need extra fans for my case or a CPU fan?

I'm buying a new HDD now, will it come with the connectors I need?

If I order Case, Motherboard, CPU, HDD, GFX Card, PSU, Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Ram and Optical Drive. Will i be missing anything to stop me putting it all together and installing the OS and be off and running?
post #7 of 7
You could get a cheap CPU heatsink like the Hyper 212, it'll keep your temps down and allow for a small amount of overclocking.

Yes, your case should have enough cooling, if you find your components are getting too hot just install another fan.

As long as you don't buy an OEM hard drive, then yes it should.

No, I can't see anything missing there

Good luck!
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