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Checkpoint: New PC Edition

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Update: PC Cyber canceled my order. No new PC for me.

This may seem out of the blue after I’ve denounced my intentions of getting a new PC any time soon. But drastic sales is a great motivator.

The Intel Core i5 750 went on sale for $150 (~$60 off). At that price? I couldn’t delay the purchase. I purchased it along with a case, motherboard and power supply. For the curious, I’m going to lay out some component details and the reasoning behind each choice.

Processor: Intel Core i5 750 – $149.77
Info/Review(s): AnandTech & TechReport

A quad-core Intel CPU running at 2.67 GHz for $150 cannot be beat. It was already one of the most attractive quad-cores at $210, but the $60 price cut makes it an absolute steal. Great price/performance/power consumption ratio!

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H55M-USB3 – $119.77
Info/Review(s): Gigabyte, HardOCP

It performs well, it sports the latest Intel chipset, it has decent overclocking potential and it has USB 3.0. What more can you want? A low price? It’s got that too. It’s my first Gigabyte board. Hopefully, it won’t disappoint me.

Case: Antec Mini P180 – $97.77
Info/Review(s): Antec & SilentPC

Silence, style and cooling performance under $100? That’s what this case supposedly has and I look forward to it. It has two optional 120 mm fans which I may or may not use depending on how hot things get.

Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts EA 650 – $79.99
Info/Review(s): Antec

It’s quiet, efficient and affordable. Three qualities I look for. I also hear that it’s reliable and knowing Antec, I don’t doubt it.

Those are the confirmed parts. The video card will be a AMD Radeon HD 5770, but I’m still looking for the right one. The same goes for the RAM. I know it’ll be 4 GB DDR3, but I’m still looking.

As for cooling? I’m looking for quiet and efficient operation, so I’ll most likely look for an after market CPU cooler as well.

Hard drive will most likely be my 36 GB Raptor as an OS drive and possibly another 150 GB Raptor as the secondary. Or perhaps a Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB? I don’t need Terabyte hard drives for storage — I have NAS for that.  Needless to say, I still need to ponder this one over.

I didn’t think I’d be buying my new PC so quickly, but all it took was an enticing CPU sale to spur me into a purchasing frenzy. After it’s all said and done, I’m hoping this rig will cost less than $800. So far the running total is $505.45.

I’ll post updates on this build next week, so stay tuned.

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