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Hey everyone. This is my first time building a computer. I'm using it mainly for Adobe Premiere CS4 and gaming. I'm not looking to build a super high-end computer, just something that will last me a long time, allow for smooth video playback, and can run games on at least high settings. The video format I am working with is AVCHD if that makes a difference. I don't plan on multitasking and having more than one program open at a time either.

I was able to buy some parts today, but they were different from what I initially had planned because the person helping me out recommended them. They were also a bit more expensive and I'm working on a much lower budget now. I can still return them, but I wanted to see if they were worth keeping. They're listed in italics (motherboard, memory, video card).

I'm trying to stay on a $600 budget, but willing to push it up to $700 if needed, especially after those more expensive purchases.

Here is my build:

Processor: Intel Core i5 750 Processor Boxed
http://www.microcent...duct_id=0317379

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 P55 ATX Motherboard
http://www.microcent...duct_id=0328212

Originally: Gigabyte GA-H55-USB3 LGA 1156 H55 ATX Motherboard @$114.99
http://www.microcent...duct_id=0331821

Memory: OCZ 4GB DDR3-1600 (PC-12800) Gold Low Voltage CL8 Memory Kit (Two 2GB Memory Modules)
http://www.microcent...duct_id=0317775

Originally: OCZ 6GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) Obsidian Triple Channel Memory Kit (Three 2GB Memory Modules) @154.99 - $20 rebate
http://www.microcent...duct_id=0301254

Power Supply: Corsair GS600 Gaming Series High Performance 600 Watt ATX Power Supply
http://www.microcent...duct_id=0334161

Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 5750 1024MB DDR5 PCIe 2.0 x16 Graphics Card HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.microcent...duct_id=0321834

Originally: DIAMOND Radeon HD 5670 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814103104

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7,200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.microcent...duct_id=0252592

Drive: Samsung LightScribe 22x DVD±RW Burner with Dual/Double Layer Support OEM
http://www.microcent...duct_id=0293535

Case: I'm actually unsure about this one, but I'm hoping only to spend less than $50 on this.

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home 64-bit

Thanks in advanced for all the help!
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Hello there!
I recently built my new PC so I can give you some help on this.perhaps you didn't specify wat kind of help you need. However if you want to ask about the components I believe:

Graphic card: XFX Radeon HD 5750 is really good, even though it would have costed you a bit. Mine was MSI GeForce 240GT 1GB DDR3,decent.
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA P55A perfectly fine.[mine is P33]
Am not sure about the memory or power supply but u shouldn't be worried about the hard disk/DVD Drive for i have the same.
good luck and do tell if u found this useful.

Advice: Install Windows XP first and then windows 7[on a separate drive] for then you can choose from both!

Edited by Absclaw_GT, 25 July 2010 - 02:56 AM.

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Hello there!
I recently built my new PC so I can give you some help on this.perhaps you didn't specify wat kind of help you need. However if you want to ask about the components I believe:

Graphic card: XFX Radeon HD 5750 is really good, even though it would have costed you a bit. Mine was MSI GeForce 240GT 1GB DDR3,decent.
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA P55A perfectly fine.[mine is P33]
Am not sure about the memory or power supply but u shouldn't be worried about the hard disk/DVD Drive for i have the same.
good luck and do tell if u found this useful.

Advice: Install Windows XP first and then windows 7[on a separate drive] for then you can choose from both!


Alright, I feel I got my money's worth on the video card, though it uses up 450W. The processor uses up 85W I think. That should be fine for the GS600 I got, so no worries right?

I'm actually more concerned about the motherboard and memory I got. I read that the motherboard memory standard for the P55A I got doesn't support 1600, which the RAM I got, is (not sure about that or if I'm reading incorrectly)? So does that mean they're not compatible?

I also forgot to mention that my monitor is an HDTV with HDMI input. The motherboard doesn't support HDMI, but the video card does. Is that sufficient?

In general, I just want to find out if all the pieces I've listed work together. Thanks for the quick reply!
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Hi again!

sorry for today,I'll be replying tomorrow(got my exam)and will try to solve your problem.Hope you'll understand my situation.thnx.
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Heyya...

got some info,Your specific ram is not listed on the supported ram list but, 1600 ram is definitely supported.I don't think you'll have any problem with your ram. Make sure the BIOS is supplying the correct voltage and timings.go and see for yourself at this forum:
http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2067960

about the monitor, I couldn't get any specific help. Will keep trying.

hope you find it useful,
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I'm going to be sticking with this build, but going with the 5770 for the video card instead. I noticed my motherboard doesn't support HDMI or VGA, but my video card will, so that's okay correct? I might go with a Samsung Spinpoint for my harddrive (someone recommended it to me?), but otherwise, I think I'm all set.

Thanks so much for the help.

EDIT: Actually, I realize I need help with the case. The power supply I have had so many wires and it literally took up most space in the case I had (an elite 360 coolermaster). Any recommendations $50 or less?

Edited by yumhotdogcake, 27 July 2010 - 12:25 AM.

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I'm going to be sticking with this build, but going with the 5770 for the video card instead. I noticed my motherboard doesn't support HDMI or VGA, but my video card will, so that's okay correct? I might go with a Samsung Spinpoint for my harddrive (someone recommended it to me?), but otherwise, I think I'm all set.

Thanks so much for the help.

EDIT: Actually, I realize I need help with the case. The power supply I have had so many wires and it literally took up most space in the case I had (an elite 360 coolermaster). Any recommendations $50 or less?


I think it should be theoritically fine if your videocard supports it....for the hard drive its ur choice[I prefer western digital caviar;)]...for the case I think it wud be better if you have an inbuilt cooling chasis{for cooling the CPU;graphic card) by cooler master[just a suggestion!]...

<code>http://www.coolermas...dex.html</code>

for the case, you can just go to Nvidia's site and buy one...

<code>http://www.nvidia.co...ing.html</code.

hope this helps....Bye!(do reply)
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