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Hi all, I'm new to this forum.
I have taken up a project to build myself a new computer to pass time and also to get a sense of satisfaction from it. After long hours of researching and staring at lots of terminology that i have never seen before, I have finally decided on the parts that i am comfortable with. However, this being my first time assembling a computer, I want to have some opinions from others before actually purchasing the parts.

CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-760 Processor
(8M Cache, 2.80 GHz) http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=48496

MOBO: ASUS P7H55D-M EVO http://sg.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID...rsk&templete=2

HDD: Seagate® Barracuda® 3.5" 1TB

RAM: KINGSTON 4GB DDR3 (2x2GB)

I know that I am missing out a few parts like the optical drive, PSU, casing, cooling system, a moniter and GPU.
I'm not exactly an enthusiast on super clear crystal sound so I'm leaving out the sound card at the moment.
Other than those that i have mentioned above, I doubt i missed out any other parts right??
For the GPU, I am not sure which one to get at the moment.

The computer would basically be used for everything e.g.
Project work
Reseach
Watching movies
Converting some videos
Middle to slightly higher ranged games


Anyone has any ideas on the GPU that i should consider??
I would also be doing some overclocking (the reason why I'm in this forum to begin with )

For the ram, is it okay to just get normal budget rams or something like the Kingston HyperX. I've seen it but I have no idea how it differs from other rams other than the design....


Most importantly, what do you guys think of the computer that i am considering to build. From what i heard, the i5-760 should be able to support some decent overclocking. Is the motherboard decent as well?

Hopefully most of you can give me your comments. Thanks in advance!!! =)
Edited by iQanTa - 12/19/10 at 2:44am
post #2 of 22
Welcome man!
I have only just recently joined also.

Those current specifications, look fine at the moment.

But I'd have to urge you that if this is your first build, to buy a quality PSU. Especially if you want to do any over clocking. Something I over looked in my first build

About your GPU, are you on a budget? What games would you like to play?

Another thing I learnt the hard way! Make sure you buy a decent cooler for your CPU. I can't suggest one really, unless I know what type of case you were thinking of getting. Mid-tower, Mini-tower, Full tower or any other variants.

EDIT: You might want to wait for the Socket 1155 motherboards and CPU's (Or even Socket 2011), coming out in early 2011. I would strongly advise you not to buy a Socket 1156 motherboard or CPU at the moment.
Wait it out
Edited by Nutty Pumpkin - 12/19/10 at 3:36am
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I see, thanks for you reply. Does it have anything do with the fact that the 1156 socket is "dead" or something?? If I'm not wrong, when the new socket motherboards come out, wont the prices be like, high? I may consider that but Lets say IF i am planning to finish this by the end of this year, what other sockets would you recommend?
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I see, thanks for you reply. Does it have anything do with the fact that the 1156 socket is "dead" or something?? If I'm not wrong, when the new socket motherboards come out, wont the prices be like, high? I may consider that but Lets say IF i am planning to finish this by the end of this year, what other sockets would you recommend?
You could always have a look at the AMD alternative, or socket 1366.

Btw, what games will you be playing? And are you on a budget?
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I think that the i7 processors and the Socket 1366 MBs is priced too high for my budget. Easily double the price of what i am looking at now. I am looking at building this computer for around maybe US$1100, possibly slightly less. I think i will take a look at am3 then, but what are the chances that if i decide to upgrade my computer about three years later, the am3 and 1366 sockets would not be "dead" as well.

Games would include stuff like Starcraft II, Warcraft III, and some games like maybe L4D2 or something.
I don't really need the games to run at max settings but I don't want them to be running at minimum ones either.
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I think that the i7 processors and the Socket 1366 MBs is priced too high for my budget. Easily double the price of what i am looking at now. I am looking at building this computer for around maybe US$1100, possibly slightly less. I think i will take a look at am3 then, but what are the chances that if i decide to upgrade my computer about three years later, the am3 and 1366 sockets would not be "dead" as well.

Games would include stuff like Starcraft II, Warcraft III, and some games like maybe L4D2 or something.
I don't really need the games to run at max settings but I don't want them to be running at minimum ones either.
They definitely will be as you say "dead". Unfortunately when your dealing with technology, 3 years can bring massive changes and improvements. The socket 1366 will be replaced by Socket 2011 in mid 2011 (I think...) And AMD is real easing Bulldozer also, which will most likely run on a different socket and chipset.

So all I can help you with is whats out now!
What resolution will you being playing star craft at?
What is the current cost of you rig?
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They definitely will be as you say "dead". Unfortunately when your dealing with technology, 3 years can bring massive changes and improvements. The socket 1366 will be replaced by Socket 2011 in mid 2011 (I think...) And AMD is real easing Bulldozer also, which will most likely run on a different socket and chipset.

So all I can help you with is whats out now!
What resolution will you being playing star craft at?
What is the current cost of you rig?
I see, so i guess the choice of the processor and socket boils down to my own personal needs and preferences. Okay, so moving on, for the resolution, I'm not too sure how high I want it to be for now. But with all the information so far, can you recommend a GPU or at least a series of GPUs that i can look at?

Also, I saw you mention in your first post that I should get a quality PSU. Any recommendations for that as well? For PSU, does it actually affect the performance of the OC significantly?
post #8 of 22
Well, the AMD 6800 (specifically the 6870) series looks quite fitting for your current system specs.

With the PSU, I'd look into the Corsair HX series. I would future proof it abit and go for a HX650.

Now about the resolution! Do you have a monitor or are you looking to purchase one also? The GPU recommendation really comes down to the resolution and games your playing.

And lastly, have you decided on a case?

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im also going to say check out some amds.
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I would say that so far that system looks good as well, however, as others have said, as far as upgradability, it isn't going to last long since that socket is going to die out. AM3 is going out soon as well, but that is to be expected for both sides since they have announced both Sandy Bridge and Bulldozer. I generally stick with AMD because it is the cheaper of the two but if you have an $1100 budget, that i5 system will work well.

As far as graphics go, I can also recommend the 6800 series. I own a Sapphire 6870 and have nothing but good things to say about it. However, you need a monitor that has a resolution that can make sure the graphics card will be using its full potential. A resolution of at least 1920x1080 is preferred, otherwise a 6870 is unnecessary.

For PSUs, I would recommend a nice Corsair unit. I would stay away from TX systems not because they aren't good units, but because of the large bundle of cables that never get used and just get in the way. I would go with an HX650 or HX750, which would allow for expanding to multiple graphics cards in the future. These units are also modular so you only use the cables that are required for your system while the rest can be put away in a box somewhere.

Also, if you do plan on overclocking, make sure you get a nice aftermarket cooler. The Megahalems are always good choices if you want to go air cooling. The Corsair H50/H70 all-in-one coolers are nice as well, but not as great as full on water-cooling loops. Basically something other than the stock cooler is preferred.

If you've got anymore questions feel free to ask!
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