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Could someone take a rough look at my build?

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Nov 22, 2009

I used to be a real overclocking/computer guy but haven't kept up with things in a long time (to date myself, I unlocked my Tbird 1ghz with silver epoxy and ran it at 1.4ghz w/ one of those jet engine-sounding Delta 38 fans). For the last three years I've been using a Dell Precision as my sole computer for everyday things and gaming. I decided that, given my usage patterns, it would make more sense to have a gaming desktop and a netbook for normal stuff and maybe remoting into the desktop for Visual Studio/MATLAB.

I got on Newegg and roughed in a build. I just did it all on Newegg so I didn't worry about finding the best price or anything. I figure I'll buy sometime in the next month to take advantage of holiday sales.

I'm hoping someone can confirm that I haven't screwed anything major up (like incompatible components) or that I'm buying a part that is two weeks away from being obsolete. The hard drives will probably be in a RAID 1 config b/c I'm bad about remembering to backup. Thanks.

LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827106289

RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEBP 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16811156098

2x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152185
($84.99 each)

SAMSUNG 2494SW Glossy Black 24" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
Item #: N82E16824001338

SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814102864

GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128400

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116758

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler - Retail
Item #: N82E16835186134

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115215
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231193
$285.98 (Combo)
I recommend getting a higher quality power supply. Cheap ones can wipe out your hardware. Corsair, PC Power and Cooling, Antec, and OCZ all have good reputations and make high quality, dependable units. (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004)

Thanks. So ~500-600W is going to be in an acceptable range? I noticed that there are some really hefty power supplies out nowadays. I remember when I thought a 300W one was massive, lol.
Yeah, 500-600 watts offers good value and lots of power for single card setups. The higher wattage units are for running multiple graphics cards or setups with large RAID arrays and add on cards.
I'm not sure if you liked green... just assumed from your case choice but this would be a far better option for you:



Total = $125 - $10 rebate... Superior quality opposed to your original choice...

as stated before that PSU is likely to fail and take out the rest of your components... so it really is worth spending another $40.

Apart from that everything else looks fine.
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Build is good, but you definitely need to get a better PSU. Some good choices:

Corsair 550VX
Corsair 650TX
Antec TruePower TP-650
Antec earthwatts 650W
Thanks for the help guys. I've been looking at cases, and did removable motherboard trays fall out of fashion? I'm having a hard time finding a reasonably priced one that has one (of course, part of the problem is there are 1000 different cases out there to search through).
I would just go with Home premium Win 7, You need a TPM to use the bitlocker anyway.

I dont see a cpu on your list but the cheapest 1156-I7 is what I recomend.
(I7 having HT(8cores))

Gpu sound great other than I'm an Nvidia guy.

Maybe trade down the HDD's to lower cost for raid 0(I run 3xSeagate baracuda Lp's@5800rpm& 450mb/s-r/w)