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After finally having completed grad school, I am upgrading my older AMD 4800+ based system to the new Intel i series 1156 platform.

From my old system I will be re-using the following

160GB misc. 5400rpm HD (may not end up in build)

500GB Western Digital Green SATA HD

SATA DVD-RW burner

Antec Neo 550HE Power Supply

EVGA Single-slot 8800GT w/ 512MB memory



I will be adding those components to the following:

LIAN LI PC-8N Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112245

MSI P55-CD53 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130240

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215

Cooler Master Intel Core i5 compatible Hyper TX3 Socket 775/1156/AMD 130W 92mm "heatpipe direct contact" CPU Cooler RR-910-HTX3-GP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103064

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231180



I chose the MSI board mostly because of budget limitations. It is more basic than some of the other P55 boards especially in that it only has one pci-e slot, but I don't plan on ever running an SLI or Crossfire set-up. The only games I play are World of Warcraft and Eve, and beyond that, I mainly just surf the web, watch movies, and do word processing and such.

I am also interesting in putting together a very nice, clean looking build, and will spend a lot of time when installing everything making sure cable management is done well. The rats nest in my old computer will not live on in the new one! This rig will be driving a 23" 1920X1080 Acer screen with an Altec Lansing 2.1 speaker system and wireless mouse and keyboard.

Just curious to see what others think, I'd like to hear your opinions.
 

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Antec Neo 550HE Power Supply
Yea you shouldn't be reusing that. The neo's are not very good power supplies and I'm surprised it powered that 8800 for so long w/o problems. We currently don't recommend ANY units from antec.

Other then that you could do a bit better budget wise on the case though.
 

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Lian-Li are nice cases but you could cut back on the case and drop the aftermarket CPU cooler, if you're not going to do any heavy OC'ing, and put that savings toward a better brand Mobo (Asus 0r Gigabyte) and a PSU (Seasonic or Corsair).
 

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I'd like to address the power supply with these reviews:

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/361

http://www.techaddicts.net/reviews/neohe550/neohe550.html

http://www.fastlanehw.com/reviews.php?i=172&page=3

And note that before it was discontinued it had 4 eggs on newegg. I know some people really don't like the antec power supplies, but this one has powered my current rig for over a year (and never seems to even get warm to the touch). I also just built a rig for a friend with the Antec BP550 and used the same model PS to upgrade my father's computer. That particular PS has a 5 egg rating on newegg. So yes, I understand some people don't like Antec power supplies, but I've never had any issues. I'm not trying to be defensive, I'm just explaining my reasoning for sticking with the power supply.

As for the case, it is an unnecessary, albeit wanted, splurge. I just like the way they look and didn't want to skimp on the case this time. Also, why are ASUS and Gigabyte better mobo brands? My uncle builds computers and has frequently used MSI. And...none of the boards in my price range were 5 eggs - all were 4 eggs including this MSI, so I'm fairly confident the board will work ok. Thoughts on ASUS or Gigabyte over MSI?
 

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Hardware Secrets is a good source for reviews, but the other two places aren't. The second review did not use a professional load tester. They did not test for efficiency or whether it could deliver its full rated wattage. The third review didn't even test the PSU at all, just read the labels.

JonnyGuru reviewed the 650W model and found it somewhat lacking:
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story4&reid=117
 

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The quality of Antec supplies has been spotty for the last few years since they changed suppliers of the internal components, and there RMA program is one of the worst don't lose the original receipt or bar code or there isn't a warranty even if you have all that I've waited 2 months for the replacement. That was enough for me to walk away for the price you can do better.

MSI is ok but again they have more duds then the other 2.

Watch the reviews on Newegg when you see 5 stars and a rave review but the last line says "Great motherboard if I had the money I would buy one" just what was the guy reviewing the specs? Or the length of ownership was 1 day to 1 week well I guess it worked out of box.
 

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Reviews posted on Newegg, as many other places, should not be taken too seriously.
Look through the reviews and you will see many positive posts about other low quality hardware such as the Rosewill PSU's that are known to one of the lowest quality units made.
What the Tech Team members post is from experience.
Your choice/your money on the MSI Mobo and the Antec PSU. We advise using our knowledge and experience.
 
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