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I'm building my first computer. I'm looking to spend $700-800 on a mid-level machine for general home use (internet, music, video, etc.) and some light gaming.

Here is what I put together:


CPU - Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
Graphics Card - ASUS ENGT430/DI/1GD3(LP) GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP
Case - COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WW
HD - Western Digital WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive
Power Supply - Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC 430W ATX12V V2.2 Intel Core i7 Compliant Dual 80mm Fans

Any advice on bottlenecks, etc? I don't want to go overkill on one component if I'm going to be really limited elsewhere.

I plan to run Windows 7. I understand people have had trouble installing it with the motherboard I chose, but I'll be using an external optical drive which I've read works.

Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 12
It does look good!


how about switching to sandy bridge? afaik you'd get a better processor for the same price!

for instance your cpu according to newegg is 204$ and you can either get a i5 2400 for 194 or a i5 2500k for 224$

and the mobo you chose is 119 and this one is a tad pricier
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128460

I just looked quickly so there may be some compatibility issues.. but it could be worth your while to check it out!
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And if all you're doing is light gaming (like WoW), then I'd suggest a dual-core processor instead of quad. You'll received better performace for the price. If you're sticking with the 1156 socket (instead of 1155 for SB as mentioned above), then I'd suggest the i5-650 CPU instead. It's 3.2ghz dual core.

Unless you're running a lot of programs that use all four cores, it may not be beneficial to spend that kind of money... especially on a budget. I'm building a budget build as well.
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First off, considering 1156 is bad. 1155 with Sandy Bridge is where you want to go for a full upgrade.

However, the much smarter thing to do would be update the bios on your motherboard and plop a 1055T or 1090T in it. 8GB of RAM is not necessary in my opinion. 4GB is plenty and there is absolutely no real world difference in using DDR2 and DDR3.
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Why is 1156 "bad"? Haha.
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post #6 of 12
Because of the fact that 1155 replaced 1156 and is a ton faster for the same price.
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LOL. This thread should be in the interest of the op, not a "1156 is bad" thread. There's absolutely nothing wrong with 1156. While 1155 might be better and maybe even a better deal for the same price, nothing automatically makes 1156 inherently bad.

That said, I think because this is a BUDGET build, we should be looking at budget price to performance and getting him the best deals.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by zionic View Post
LOL. This thread should be in the interest of the op, not a "1156 is bad" thread. There's absolutely nothing wrong with 1156. While 1155 might be better and maybe even a better deal for the same price, nothing automatically makes 1156 inherently bad.

That said, I think because this is a BUDGET build, we should be looking at budget price to performance and getting him the best deals.
1156 CPUs overclock like crap, and are inferior to Sandy Bridge in every way. That's why they're bad... It would be pointless to build 1156 at this point.

But anyway, Thuban is where it's at and would be so much better of an upgrade for him than building a new rig.
Edited by Dopamin3 - 1/10/11 at 8:36am
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post #9 of 12
1156 is just fine for what he specified he's doing. He didn't say anything about overclocking. SB has been out for 2 days barely and all of a sudden "1156 is bad lol." Let him build his budget build, whether that be 1155 or 1156, whichever is cheaper.
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Quote:
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1156 is just fine for what he specified he's doing. He didn't say anything about overclocking. SB has been out for 2 days barely and all of a sudden "1156 is bad lol." Let him build his budget build, whether that be 1155 or 1156, whichever is cheaper.
Wow you must be kidding. An i5 760 retails for $20 less than a 2500k. Regardless of overclocking, a 2500k blows an i5 760 out of the water. Then if you factor in overclocking the 2500k pulls away even more! You're just mad because you have 1156... It's the way all tech goes man, stuff gets replaced and changed all the time.
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