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Ok, got the bug to build a new rig, so I threw mine on Craigslist this morning (mainly because I don't feel like going through the hassle of parting it out) and am thinking I might actually do my first ever Intel build.

I'm going micro due to my immense love of the Antec P180, so let the parts list commence!

Intel i5 750 from my local MicroCenter ~ $160 after taxes
ASUS Maximus III GENE ~$200
2x Sapphire HD5770 GPU's ~ $330 (I'd rather have a 5850, but limited stock is a bummer)
Corsair 650HX Modular PSU ~ $110
Antec P180 Case ~ $70
Samsung Black DVD burner ~ $27
4Gb (2x2) G.Skill DDR3 1600 cas.7 Ripjaws ~$80 (It's currently sold out, but I'm hoping it returns, because I was pretty darned set on this memory before it sold out today....time will tell if this one has to change)

For harddrives I'm keeping my two WD Black 640 HDD's from mine and just selling it with the 750Gb.

I'm not going to buy a Cooler right away, I figure maybe I'll wait for the MIR's to come back and then decide what to get.

This brings my final price to $977 out the door, with $40 in MIR's.

So all in all, what do you guys notice (good or bad) about my first prospective foray into the world of Intel? Performance for the price ok?
 

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^Thanks, I think


Actually would I be better off just going with this 700w modular from CoolerMaster? Same price for a little more juice, maybe help the down the road 5850's? But at the same time it only has 2 pci-e connectors, the Corsair has all 4, which was one of the initial draws that brought me to it. Not to mention the 650 could easily power it all. Oh decisions.
 

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Besides the power supply, this looks like a very nice build. And why cant you get the 5850? is it becuse the company ran out of stock or you ran out of money?. If it is due to stock issues why not wait or buy from another company?
 

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Originally Posted by Pao View Post
^Thanks, I think


Actually would I be better off just going with this 700w modular from CoolerMaster? Same price for a little more juice, maybe help the down the road 5850's? But at the same time it only has 2 pci-e connectors, the Corsair has all 4, which was one of the initial draws that brought me to it. Not to mention the 650 could easily power it all. Oh decisions.
Don't go with that Coolermaster PSU, the HX650 will be just fine even for Crossfired HD5850's. Wattage is not the only thing you should look at when buying a PSU. If you really want a top notch unit, look into the Seasonic X-series (650, 750, 900).
 
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