Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

Comment and try improve this build

Tags:
  • Build
  • Systems
Last response: in Systems
Share
January 13, 2010 2:39:20 PM

This is my chosen build as it is. If you would improve a component, make sure the total (more or less) stays in the same price range. Please comment and say if its good or not, and if anything's wrong with it. (Note, I'm not changing the GPU. I'm getting it from a friend for dead cheap.)

Purpose of PC: gaming.
Will overclock CPU.

CPU: Intel i5 750
Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro
RAM: 4GB Corsair DDR3-1333MHz (2x2GB)
GPU: HD 4890
PSU: CoolerMaster Real Power M620
Case: CoolerMaster HAF 922

Edit: I am geographically constrained to South Africa, and so specials won't be of much use to me. If you want to make an improvement to my build, then rather say "Instead of the i5 750 get the i7 860, because yadiyada." "Get 1666MHz RAM, because yadiyada." "You need a better PSU, at least 2000W" etc.

More about : comment improve build

January 13, 2010 2:43:32 PM

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7. I'm sure they're cheaper. Didn't see the "buying from a friend" comment.

Case/PSU: If you're in the US (maybe Canada as well), you can get the HAF 922 and an OCZ StealthXStream 700W for $110 after rebates from Newegg. This would be better than that PSU, and most likely cheaper.

GPU: Hopefully, with the couple of change above, you'll be able to get an HD 5850. If not, save some money and get an HD 5770. It's a little lower powered than the 4890, but more future proof with DirectX 11 support and being better in Crossfire.
January 13, 2010 3:32:50 PM

I fixed the ambiguity in my original post.

Thanks for the suggestion. Would a 700W PSU be necessary in my situation? I'm not planning on crossfire any time soon, but do you think its good for future-proofing it?

Is there anything wrong with the RAM, besides maybe the price?
Related resources
January 13, 2010 3:44:48 PM

It will handle Crossfired easily (maybe need an adaptor for larger cards). So for 1 card, it is overkill. That said, it is very hard to get a quality PSU for less than that, so you won't save anything be going smaller.

That depends on the CAS Latency. Typically, Corsair sticks are just overpriced for their specs. You can usually get faster sticks with tighter timing for the same or less. Nothing wrong as far as quality.
January 13, 2010 5:02:42 PM

Ok I'm gonna forget about the Corsair sticks. Right now I'm considering Transcend aXeRam DDR3-1800 4GB, or for slightly less OCZ DDR3-1600 4GB Reaper Heat-pipe.

Which PSU would you recommend out of these?

CoolerMaster Real Power M620
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600Watt
PC Power Silencer 610W
January 13, 2010 6:47:22 PM

Just make sure you get some CAS Latency 7 sticks. Speed isn't as important as the timings (for CL 7, it would be 7-7-7-x).

Either of the OCZ or PC Power ones would be good units.
January 14, 2010 12:07:25 PM

Thank you for the South African site links. I prefer to buy hardware from a shop, but if the place I'm buying from can't supply me with decent RAM then I will surely get it from IkonicIT. They offer great prices.

I've just decided that I'll get the cheapest CL7 RAM available, but I'm still a bit stuck on which PSU ... I'll browse a bit more and ask for opinions later
January 14, 2010 2:07:18 PM

i dunno where exactly you from but there is a shop in midrand called vision technologies(011-314-0442/0452/0450) they have some excellent prices on hardware

i5 R1850
asus p55 pro R1950
January 14, 2010 2:39:29 PM

I live in the Western Cape, so its quite far away from Midrand :p 
!