Comments on a new i5 build?


I am designing my first home build PC, and I was wondering if any more experienced hardware people would like to let me know if it is a good build, or if I am doing something idiotic.

This will be used primarily for RPG gaming and video watching.

I would also like to thank Proximan for a lot of the information that this is based on.

TOTAL £589 shipping
(I might also be able to shop around to try )

CPU - £140
Intel Core i5 750 2.66Ghz (Lynnfield) (Socket LGA1156) - OEM [BV80605001911AP]

Motherboard £116
Asus P7P55D Intel P55 (Socket 1156) DDR3 Motherboard [90-MIB960-G0EAY00Z]

CPU Cooler £22
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus (Socket AM2/AM2 /AM3/775/1156/1366) [RR-B10-212P-GP]

Reuse existing 550W - should be fine acording to calculator (which puts build at 300w)

Graphic Card £120
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card [21163-00-20R]

DDR3 £82
G.Skill Ripjaw 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C8 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM) [F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM ]

Case £40
Antec 300 Three Hundred Ultimate Gaming Case - Black [0761345-08300-3]

Hard Drive £40-50
500-750GB. Will get best offer (any makes to avoid?)

Disk Drive £19
Samsung SH-S223C/BEBE 22x DVD±RW SATA ReWriter (Black) - OEM [SH-S223F/BEBN]

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  1. Looks good. I'm using that same GPU for my i5 build.

    From all that I've seen, the Samsung Spinpoint F3, and the WD Blacks are the best hard drives to use. The 500GB Samsung is about $54 US. I plan on buying one for my i5 build.
  2. The Samsung F3 is good as it uses 500GB platters. The WD one still uses 250GB ones, making it extremely slow. Either pick the Samsung F3 or the Seagate 7200.12 as they're the only ones using 500GB platters.

    What brand is your PSU? A good PSU (read: a big brand name one like Antec, Corsair, PC Power&Cooling, OCZ,..) can be reused, a cheap one (Rosewill and other ones) will cause trouble. As the beating heart of the PC, it's important to have a good PSU.

    Rest looks great.
  3. Thanks for the responses.

    Good point on the PSU. I was just assuming it would be okay.

    I am currently using a 3XS Systems 400U-SPTP 550w PSU. I have no idea of how good a make this is as I cant find any reviews. As 3XS are the company associated with, I wouldnt be surprised if it is a rebranded generic.

    So far it seems to stay cool no matter what load I put it under, it's under 2 years old, and I havnt had any warnings on power consumption like my last PSU. So I am *hoping* that this one will be ok.

    Good info about the drives. And thanks again.
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